Devin Thomas, the newest Giants wide receiver, expects to make his debut Sunday with Big Blue -- just in time to face the team that drafted him. Thomas, a second-round pick by the Redskins in the 2008 Draft, believes he will be active for Sunday’s game, primarily helping out on special teams.
“They got me running around on special teams a lot this week, so that’s usually a good sign saying that they got you up,” Thomas said. “It’s going to be exciting to get in a uniform and play against a former team, but to give a chance for us to win and help out.”
Thomas was waived by the Redskins earlier this year before being claimed by the Panthers. Carolina then waived him Oct. 11 and the injury-riddled Giants signed him Nov. 24 to bolster their receiving corps. Thomas has played in five games this season but does not have a catch. For his career, he has 40 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns.
He believes playing in three different systems this season has benefited him.
“There’s terminology that kind of trickles through all of them,” Thomas said. “Especially coming here, it all kind of makes sense because I heard it in the other two places.”
Thomas said he has shared some knowledge with the Giants about the Redskins, trying to help the team become more familiar with their opponent. He says he’s learned a lot since he’s been here and he’s made a quick connection with quarterback Eli Manning.
“It’s pretty easy to connect with him, he’s so smart, he knows the offense, and he gives the inside scoop about different situations and we just talked it out,” Thomas said. “He’s real positive, he’s a good speaker to get you clarity and understanding on what to do so just working things out with him made it real easy.”
Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride mentioned Thursday that he may be able to broaden what he asks of Thomas this week in the offensive gameplan.