After a couple of seasons in which nothing much happened for him on a football field, the last few weeks qualify as a whirlwind for Devin Thomas, who is playing for his third team in seven weeks.
The No. 34 overall pick by the Redskins in their disappointing 2008 NFL Draft, Thomas, now with the New York Giants after a brief stop in Carolina, will see his former Redskins teammates Sunday.
"I just feel like different situations cause that to happen," Thomas told Zach Berman of the Newark Star-Ledger last week. "Things are a little bit unstable in Washington, and it didn't work out quite that well there. In Carolina, they have other issues to worry about other than receivers."
Picked ahead of notable wide receivers like DeSean Jackson, Eddie Royal and Mario Manningham, Thomas struggled amid criticism of his commitment to study and practice. The breaking point probably came when a teammate tweeted a photo of him sleeping in a team meeting and, when he left DC, he told Hail! magazine that he never really got a shot here. How much of a chance he'll get in New York is uncertain; the Giants have eight WRs on their roster.
"I definitely was surprised," Thomas told Berman of his Oct. 9 release by the Redskins. "When things happen like that, other opportunities present themselves. Right now, for me to be here, is a blessing. Unfortunately, I wasn't up to speed with [the Redskins], but they had other things going on."
Thomas was inactive last week, but he'll have a chance to play Sunday.
"I'll be ready to play," Thomas said. "That's for sure."