Thomas 'scaring' DBs in practice

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

One of the reasons I'm anxious to arrive in Ashburn, Va., is to check in with Redskins second-year receiver Devin Thomas. During the offseason, he and I talked about his slow start in last year's training camp. He didn't understand how to properly approach practice sessions, and he ended up spending too much time on the sideline.

Following Saturday's practice, Thomas sounded a lot more confident. First, he talked about the competition he has with fellow second-year wide receiver Malcolm Kelly:

"I come out here and make plays, and [Malcolm] Kelly comes out here and makes plays and I think that's how we better each other because if I see him make a great catch, I feel like I've got to go make a great play too. That's the way to go about it, just to compete.”

Thomas also talked about why he feels so different in this season's camp.

"Oh definitely. I'm way more comfortable, calmer, and relaxed out there. And when you do that, you scare DBs because being full speed but relaxed at the same time is not easy to defend."

Jim Zorn has left the door open when it comes to Thomas being able to compete for the No. 2 receiver spot. And the good news is that current No. 2 Antwaan Randle El is a big supporter of Thomas' and has bragged on him at every opportunity. When I bumped into Randle El at a playoff game last season, he said Thomas had "elite" speed. In fact, he was marveling at the young receiver's potential. Now we'll see if he can take it from the practice field to the game.