Devin Thomas, a name not many outside New York Giants fans will know, just inked a deal with the Chicago Bears, hoping for the opportunity to emerge as a legitimate wide receiver threat, rather than simply a special teams stud.
But he will be remembered by his teammates and coaches for much, much more than that. Not only was he a good kick returner, but he was all heart on special teams and one of the main reasons that unit improved so much from 2010 to 2011.
Thomas, a second round pick of the Washington Redskins, attributed leaving to the opportunity the Bears present.
“I feel like there’s a good opportunity for me to come in and battle for a position and contribute on special teams,” Thomas said. “I love the tradition that Chicago has and I felt like it would be a good fit for me.”
According to Ralph Vacchiano (who provided the quotes), Jerry Reese had no intentions of bringing Thomas back despite his efforts on special teams, and also despite Mario Manningham bolting to the San Francsico 49ers.
Thomas seemed very excited to move on.
“I know I’m joining an organization that’s legendary. That’s the first thing that comes to mind, the tradition and the history. The team has shown so much promise and just needs a little bit more to get to the Super Bowl. I think they’re putting the right pieces together. They have the right mentality to be right there. I’m looking forward to joining the team and adding to the success of the team.”