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New WR Devin Thomas won't play Sunday

11/26/2010

You won't see new Giants wide receiver Devin Thomas on the field Sunday against the Jaguars.

Thomas, who was awarded off of waivers to the Giants on Wednesday, has had just two days to workout with the team so he is shooting to play next Sunday against the Redskins.

Thomas should be highly-motivated for that tilt; the Redskins selected him in the second round of the 2008 draft but cut him earlier this season. The former Michigan State standout was picked up by the Panthers but waived him after just six weeks.

"I just feel like different situations caused that to happen," Thomas said when asked about being released twice. "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 that receivers. They have a lot of problems going on there. I'm just thankful to be somewhere that's stable. (The Giants) have a stable organization, a stable quarterback situation, and so it should be a good opportunity for me to come in and make some plays."

The Giants added Thomas to help bolster a decimated receiving corps that is without starters Steve Smith (pectoral) and Hakeem Nicks (lower leg). They also signed former first-round pick Michael Clayton on Tuesday, who had been playing for Omaha's UFL team.

Thomas has 40 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns in his three-year career. He has only played in five games this season for the Redskins and Panthers and has no catches but is still only 24 and has potential.

He said the Giants told him that he was high on their draft boards in 2008, the same season they selected Mario Manningham in the third round.

Thomas hopes he's not just a stop-gap acquisition for the Giants, who will likely be without their starting receivers for another two games.

"I'm just going to take it day-by-day, learn the play book, go out there and try to make some plays, and just contribute as much as possible and let it go from there," he said.

NUMBERS GAME: Thomas was wearing No. 8 in practice today, not a tradition wide receiver number. The NFL states that wide receivers must wear either 10-19 or 80-89, but the Giants requested permission for Thomas to wear No. 8 because the only eligible receiver number that was available was No. 17, Plaxico Burress' old number and one they would probably rather not have to issue.

Later in the day, Jake Ballard switched to No. 48 so Thomas could take No. 81, Ballard's old digit.