TE David Thomas - Free Agent

6-3, 245Born: 7-5-1983College: TexasDrafted: ---

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2012 Week 7 vs TB (4 / 2 / 27 / 1 rec)

Thomas first reception was a checkdown on first and 10 when he got six easy yards underneath the coverage. Thomas then caught a touchdown pass when he was wide open down the middle of the field. The Buccaneers' defense bought the Saints play action to free him. Even though Thomas spent a lot of time on the field in the absence of Jimmy Graham, he was by no means the replacement for the tight end in the passing game. That mantle belongs to Lance Moore.

2012 Week 12 vs SF (5 / 4 / 24 / 1 rec)

With Graham spied for most of the game, Thomas was able to sneak off the line and produce some short catches. The first play of the game, Brees ran a play-action and was heavily pressured. The quarterback was able to dump it off to Thomas, who had slipped in to space. On a play-action pass in the red zone, Thomas was able to find a gap short, behind the pass rush and in front of the coverage. Catching the ball in space before the goal line, Thomas ran in to the end zone for a touchdown. Though Thomas didn't display the speed or athleticism of Graham, he was able to make the most of his targets and served as an outlet valve when Brees was under heavy duress.

2012 Week 15 vs TB (2 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)

Thomas caught both targets, including a nine-yard TD on the Saints' opening drive. Working off the line, Thomas faked the out before angling back inside and easily scoring on the short toss.

2011 Week 2 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Mostly used for blocking. Caught a short pass in the 2nd Q on a check down from Drew Brees.

2011 Week 3 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

A quiet day for Thomas, his incompletion came from a big hit that dislodged the ball he otherwise would have caught on a crossing route.

2010 Week 1 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Thomas' receiving duties were limited in this game and he'll most likely continue to see limited targets until Jeremy Shockey gets injured.

2010 Week 2 vs SF (4 / 3 / 10 / 1 rec)

Thomas saw a couple of checkdown looks and catches in week 2 for the Saints. His short circle route out of the backfield went for a 3 yard TD grab in the 3rd quarter. His value remains limited unless Shockey goes down with an injury.

2010 Week 3 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Thomas managed to convert all of his targets into catches and was featured primarily in two tight-end sets (with TE1 Jeremy Shockey). He's consistently being targeted a few times each game but unless Shockey or another Saints wide receiver goes down, his value will remain to be limited for the most part.

2010 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

Thomas had maybe the best catch of the day, snagging a bullet that was thrown behind him, but he couldn't hold on to a long one down the middle of the field with two defenders converging that could have given him a bigger day. He still ran tough after the catch and picked up three key first downs on the game-winning drive. Brees did not look much to Thomas until the game was on the line, so while there is trust there, Thomas will remain low in the team's pecking order for targets.

2010 Week 6 vs TB (3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Thomas played a little more because of the lead but he also typically catches 2-3 short passes during the game. He blocks well for the running game too. If Shockey were to ever miss time Thomas would see an even more active role.

2010 Week 7 vs CLE (3 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)

Thomas isn't quite as tall and doesn't have Graham's athleticism, but he is a steady, reliable target. He caught a TD in this one, though it came late and didn't matter much. Look for Thomas' role to diminish as Jimmy Graham continues to work his way into the gameplan.

2010 Week 9 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Thomas is not going away either. The 2-TE set is very effective, and Thomas is the reason why. A very solid route-runner with good hands, Thomas always seems to step up and make a few big plays for Brees in every game. However, he cost his team a shot at a TD in the first half, as he fought for more yards instead of going out of bounds. This lack of mental awareness was what you'd expect from a rookie like Graham, and not a seasoned veteran like Dave Thomas.

2010 Week 11 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Thomas was targeted several times, including twice in the end zone, but in most cases too well covered and couldn't come down with the ball.

2010 Week 12 vs DAL (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Thomas was used primarily as a blocking back in this game. He was targeted on several passes, but most of them were well overthrown. He had no statistical impact in the game.

2010 Week 14 vs STL (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Thomas caught one ball for four yards and contributed heavily blocking-wise in both the passing and running game.

2010 Week 18 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

He was more involved than Shockey in the passing game, but most of Thomas' production came late in the game - two of them on the Saints final touchdown drive in catch-up mode.

2009 Week 2 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Thomas stole a few targets away from Jeremy Shockey early, catching a few balls over the middle to pick up short yardage and to move the chains. Thomas' only fantasy value would be in Shockey gets injured.

2009 Week 8 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Thomas got the start at fullback and made a few checkdown catches for decent gains, but a drop and good coverage kept him from making more of this opportunity.

2009 Week 10 vs STL (6 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

The seldom used Thomas was a major player in week 10 for the Saints. Thomas was targeted often in short and intermediate routes due to pressure on Drew Brees. Thomas was flawless in the passing game, often turning short passes into decent gains with a downhill running style. Thomas also threw a key block to spring Robert Meachem on his end around.

2009 Week 11 vs TB (6 / 4 / 66 / 1 rec)

Thomas was clearly a big part of the Saints game plan. He is getting on the field as both an inline tight end and a fullback/H-back, and he has earned the trust of Drew Brees. Thomas is sure-handed and fluid making the catch, and he is efficient and even capable of breaking a tackle or two after the catch. Brees found Thomas on a very nice route of the backfield for his TD, and he also had another catch inside the 10. It wouldn't be surprising to see the trend of Thomas having more value than Shockey continue down the stretch.

2009 Week 13 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Thomas had a few targets, including a big catch on third down on a route he ran out of the backfield. His value is minimal, but he could become relevant if Shockey gets dinged.

2009 Week 14 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

David Thomas came in for Jeremy Shockey during the 2nd quarter and played a very solid all around game for the Saints in week 14. He was mostly utilized as a blocker, both out of the backfield as a fullback and also as a traditional blocking TE. He snagged 2 short passes as well for 9 yards. Thomas is proving that he belongs, and is a more than capable TE.

2009 Week 15 vs DAL (10 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)

Dave Thomas got the start in Week 15 as Jeremy Shockey was inactive, and he saw a higher number of targets as a result. Thomas worked the middle of the field and a few intermediate routes much like Shockey normally does, and Drew Brees looked quite often in his direction. Thomas put up a solid performance as the leading Saint in both targets and catches in Week 15 and would be a nice fantasy pickup if Jeremy Shockey is out again in Week 16.

2009 Week 16 vs TB (6 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)

Thomas had one unsuccessful downfield target, and with that exception, his targets went like this: short catch, tackler met with 1-2 yards, easy tackle, play over. He is providing Brees with an outlet while Jeremy Shockey is out, but he is not making a difference as a downfield route runner.

2009 Week 20 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Dave Thomas played some fullback and some tight end for the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, spelling a banged up Jeremy Shockey. Odds are that Thomas will be asked to contribute more in the Super Bowl once again at both positions.

2008 Week 1 vs KC (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Thomas pulled in two receptions for 24 yards during his time as the starting TE in wake of Benjamin Watson's injury. His six yard reception came while Tom Brady was still in the game in the first quarter, while his other came early in the third from Cassel for 18 yards.

2008 Week 3 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Despite being targeted three times, Texas University grad David Thomas only caught one of them for four yards.

2008 Week 8 vs STL (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Neither tight end was a big part of the passing game.

2008 Week 9 vs IND (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

TE David Thomas received a costly unnecessary roughness call in the fourth quarter after RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis nearly gave the team a first down. The penalty resulted in a third and 16 for the Patriots and they were unable to recover and eventually turned the ball over.

2006 Week 2 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)

Thomas, a rookie tight end, caught his first NFL pass. Tom Brady hit him on a short crossing route with plenty of room to run. The play resulted in a 29 yard gain.

2006 Week 4 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rookie TE was targeted in the red zone amidst five Corey Dillon rushing plays.

2006 Week 7 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Thomas didn't see the field until very late in the game. His lone target was in the fourth quarter. The Patriots opted to use more five wide receivers sets instead off two tight end looks Sunday.

2006 Week 8 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Thomas was targeted twice in the game. He made the first catch for a 12 yard gain and a first down. The second target was uncatchable.

2006 Week 9 vs IND (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Thomas was used primarily as a blocker, but did see two targets, neither of which was completed.

2006 Week 15 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Thomas filled in for Watson catching all three of his targets. Each was a short pass across the middle of the field.

2006 Week 16 vs JAX (5 / 5 / 83 / 1 rec)

With Ben Watson inactive, Thomas was very involved in the passing game. He caught one pass for a six yard gain in the first half but had the Patriots' longest reception of the day on the opening possession of the second half. Thomas caught a short pass and turned it into a 36 yard gain with a good run after the catch. He was then targeted in the end zone and made a dive to catch the ball. It was challenged and may have touched the ground, but it was ruled that he had possession and it stood for a 22 yard touchdown. Thomas also had a 15 yard gain on second and 16 and Dillon was able to convert on the next play and keep the drive alive.

2006 Week 17 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The big rookie from Texas, and former Longhorn teammate of Vince Young, failed to catch the one pass thrown his way.