RB Anthony Thomas - Buffalo Bills
|6-1, 225||Born: 11-7-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 2, pick 0|
2007 Week 1 vs DEN (3 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Thomas saw limited action and wound up with negative yardage, but he's a better blocker at this point than Lynch. There was a good bit of talk that Thomas would share more time with Lynch at least early on but from this game, it looks like the Bills are going to go with Lynch as their featured guy.
2007 Week 2 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas' only rushing attempt was a three yard gain that was called back due to a penalty. Thomas played mostly on passing downs because he is better at pass protection than Marshawn Lynch. He was targeted once as a safety valve. He also recovered a Losman fumble on a fourth down play, but was not able to get past the line of scrimmage.
2007 Week 3 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas came into the game for the Bills on a couple of third down plays but he did not touch the ball.
2007 Week 4 vs NYJ (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas had two rushing attempts for four yards. He was targeted once and muffed the catch. In fact, he looked more like a volleyball player, who was trying to set up a teammate; the pass was batted up and nearly intercepted
2007 Week 5 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Thomas did not have a rushing attempt, but he caught both balls thrown his way and did a very good job pass blocking for Edwards.
2007 Week 7 vs BAL (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas had three rushing attempts. His best run netted seven yards off left tackle. Thomas also had a four yard run negated by a penalty.
2007 Week 9 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Thomas had one catch and played a minimal role in Sunday's game.
2007 Week 10 vs MIA (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After Lynch left the game Thomas replaced him in the lineup without much effect.
2007 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Thomas started in place of injured RB Marshawn Lynch. He was generally ineffective against the New England defense. The team fell behind quick and the running game was not utilized much beyond the first quarter.
2007 Week 12 vs JAX (15 / 46 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 45 / 1 rec)
The veteran carried 15 times against the stout Jaguars run defense but only managed to average 3.1 yards per carry. Thomas was more effective as the leading Bills' pass receiver, catching eight balls for 45 yards. He scored their only passing touchdown when he caught a short swing pass in the flat, broke a tackle at the two yard line, and dove far enough for the ball to barely cross the plane of the goal line.
2006 Week 1 vs NE (3 / 29 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Thomas played during the Bills' second offensive possession and ran three times for 29 yards including and 18 yard touchdown run as McGahee tweaked an ankle and was being re-taped. He also had two catches for 19 yards
2006 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas was not much of a factor, though he did get two carries inside the 20 yard line, though he lost yardage on both attempts.
2006 Week 3 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas had one carry while giving Willis McGahee a breather. Thomas' only other touch was a four yard run that was called back due to a penalty.
2006 Week 6 vs DET (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas had one carry while giving Willis McGahee a breather.
2006 Week 7 vs NE (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas spelled starting RB Willis McGahee late in the second quarter and had a single carry.
2006 Week 9 vs GB (20 / 95 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Thomas replaced McGahee and ran extremely well, just like he did his first few years in the league when he was a thousand yard rusher in 2001 and 2003. He ran surprisingly well, with both power and speed. Most of his rushes were to the left side of the offensive line or up the middle, rarely did he run to the right side. He was not a factor in the pass game.
2006 Week 10 vs IND (28 / 109 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas carried the ball 28 times for 109 yards as he pounded the ball forward all game. He ran with power and showed speed breaking off a 19 yard run. Thomas took the ball on almost 70% of the offensive plays and responded with a great game. He was dropped to a crawl as the Bills moved anywhere near the Colt's end zone. The Bills had 11 plays in the Colt's red zone for a net negative eight yards. Thomas enjoyed great success out in the middle of the field. Thomas had a ten yard run negated early in the game on an offensive holding penalty.
2006 Week 11 vs HOU (19 / 56 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 33 / 0 rec)
Thomas started the game slowly with only one gain over two yards from his first six rushes. But he did break a 12 yard run for a first down to help set up a field goal try on the Bills' third possession. Thomas did not see a lot of work in the second half. His longest run of the half went for 11 yards and a first down, but he was held to 56 rushing yards on the day. Thomas did make a significant contribution on the Bills' winning drive. He caught passes on four consecutive plays as the Texans allowed the Bills to throw short. Thomas caught seven passes on the day from seven targets for a total of 33 yards.
2006 Week 12 vs JAX (4 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Thomas was not a factor running the ball, and was used as an outlet receiver in the passing game.
2006 Week 13 vs SD (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Thomas, not known for his receiving prowess, was surprisingly active in the passing game. He caught several screens, and only Lee Evans had more receptions than Thomas. In fact, Thomas totaled 44 yards on his six touches while starter Willis McGahee had just 27 yards on 17 touches.
2006 Week 14 vs NYJ (15 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the primary back when McGahee was out with his upset stomach, but actually saw most of his touches in the second half when the Bills were milking the clock. His 15 carries and 42 yards were good for second on the team. Thomas caught all three of the passes thrown his way. He lost a fumble early in the second quarter.
2006 Week 15 vs MIA (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Thomas came in after McGahee was injured and spelled him various times throughout the game. He made a six yard reception on a third and 18 play in the first quarter.
2006 Week 16 vs TEN (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas continues to spell McGahee, and picked up seven yards on his only carry.
2006 Week 17 vs BAL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas had one carry for three yards. He was targeted once in the passing game but did not make the reception.
2005 Week 1 vs SD (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas saw his only action of the day on the second drive of the second quarter by the Cowboys.
2005 Week 2 vs WAS (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Thomas came in for Jones at the beginning of the second quarter. He was ineffective at running the ball.
2005 Week 5 vs PHI (4 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas was used in the second half to spell RB Tyson Thompson, getting five yards on four carries. Thomas was also targeted on a screen in the second quarter, but he dropped the ball as it passed from the shadows into the bright sun at Texas Stadium.
2005 Week 6 vs NYG (21 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Julius Jones out for this game, Thomas led the Dallas rushing attack with 21 carries for 47 yards. Thomas had a long gain of 12 yards. Two thirds of his carries gained fewer than four yards, while nine of his attempts went for no gain or lost yardage. Thomas' most impressive run went for no gain, but he was hit at least two yards deep in the end zone and had to fight hard through the tackle just to avoid a safety.
2005 Week 7 vs SEA (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas started the game for the Cowboys, but re-entered the game for only two other drives during the first half. Thomas didn't see the field during the second half. When he did get the ball he ran hard and hit his designated hole with his head down and shoulders lowered. His six carries went for 3, 2, 4, 2, 5, and 3 yards.
2005 Week 13 vs TB (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas carried the ball just once for two yards in the third quarter.
2005 Week 14 vs ATL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Thomas only got a few touches in the game. His most successful, a 16 yard dash, was called back on an offensive holding penalty.
2005 Week 17 vs TB (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Thomas did not do much, rushing for seven yards on four carries and catching one pass for two yards for the game.