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Logan Lamont Thomas (born July 1, 1991) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech, where he was the starting quarterback from 2011 to 2013. He played quarterback his first two seasons in the NFL before switching to tight end in 2016.

Logan Thomas
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Thomas with the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2011
No. 82 – Detroit Lions
Position:Tight end
Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-01) July 1, 1991 (age 28)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Brookville (Lynchburg, Virginia)
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2019
TD–INT:1–0
Passing yards:96
Passer rating:100.4
Receptions:24
Receiving yards:191
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Thomas attended Brookville High School in Campbell County, Virginia.[1] He played quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back for the Bees football team. As a senior, he completed 118 of 204 passes for 1,535 yards and 20 touchdowns and had 842 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns as a quarterback. On defense, he had 80 tackles and four interceptions. He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

In addition to football, Thomas also competed in track & field his junior and senior years at Brookville. He earned All-state honors in the 110m hurdles (14.95 s), the 300m hurdles (41.03 s), high jump (1.96 m), and discus (48 m).[2] At the 2009 Seminole District Outdoor T&F Championships, he won the long jump event, posting a career-best jump of 6.70 meters.[3]

College careerEdit

 
Thomas (#3) in 2012 handing the ball off to Marcus Davis on an end-around.

After being redshirted in 2009, Thomas spent 2010 as the backup quarterback to Tyrod Taylor, appearing in seven games. He completed 12 of 26 passes for 107 yards and 22 rushing yards on six attempts. He also had a two-yard receiving touchdown on his lone reception of the season.

Thomas took over as the starter in 2011.[4] He started all fourteen games, throwing for 3,013 yards and 19 touchdowns while also contributing 469 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.[5]

In 2012, Thomas completed 220 of 449 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. He also rushed for 528 yards and 9 touchdowns.[6] As a senior in 2013, he passed for 2,907 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.[7]

StatisticsEdit

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2010 Virginia Tech 12 26 46.2 107 4.1 0 0 80.7 6 22 3.7 0
2011 Virginia Tech 234 391 59.8 3,013 7.7 19 10 135.5 153 469 3.1 11
2012 Virginia Tech 220 429 51.3 2,976 6.9 18 16 115.9 174 524 3.0 9
2013 Virginia Tech 227 402 56.5 2,907 7.2 15 13 123.1 162 344 2.1 4
Career 693 1,248 55.5 9,003 7.2 52 39 123.6 495 1,359 2.7 24

Source:[8]

Professional careerEdit

Thomas was a quarterback prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.[9][10] He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round with the 120th overall pick.[11] Thomas was the sixth quarterback taken in the draft behind Blake Bortles (3rd, Jacksonville Jaguars), Johnny Manziel (22nd, Cleveland Browns), Teddy Bridgewater (32nd, Minnesota Vikings), Derek Carr (36th, Oakland Raiders), and Jimmy Garoppolo (62nd, New England Patriots).[12] The Cardinals signed him on a four-year contract on May 21, 2014.[13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 6 18 in
(1.98 m)
248 lb
(112 kg)
34 14 in
(0.87 m)
10 78 in
(0.28 m)
4.54 s 1.61 s 2.60 s 4.18 s 7.05 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
29[14]
All values from NFL Combine[15]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

Thomas made his NFL debut on October 5, 2014, Week 5 against the Denver Broncos in relief of the injured Drew Stanton.[16] Thomas completed his third career NFL pass for an 81-yard touchdown to Andre Ellington.[17] Thomas became the first NFL quarterback to have his first career completion be for 80+ yards since Pittsburgh Steelers' Neil O’Donnell's 89-yard pass, against the San Diego Chargers on September 1, 1991.[12] Thomas finished the game completing a single pass in eight attempts as the Cardinals were defeated by the Broncos 41–20. After Week 16 and after the Cardinals one sided loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it was announced that the Cardinals would start rookie Thomas over the struggling Ryan Lindley. However, after a shaky week of practice, coach Bruce Arians announced that the Cardinals would instead go with Lindley.[18]

He was released by the Cardinals on September 5, 2015.[19]

Miami DolphinsEdit

Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on September 6, 2015.[20] The Dolphins released Thomas on September 11, 2015.[21] He was then re-signed by the Miami Dolphins to their practice squad on September 15, 2015.[22] On December 16, 2015, the Miami Dolphins elevated Thomas from practice squad.[23]

The Dolphins waived Thomas on June 16, 2016.[24]

New York GiantsEdit

 
Thomas in 2016

On June 17, 2016, Thomas was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants.[25][26] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Giants.[27] The next day, he was signed to the Giants practice squad.[28] Thomas was on and off the Giants' practice squad throughout the first three months of the season before being released on November 22, 2016, a total of 13 transactions with the team.[29][30]

Detroit LionsEdit

Thomas switched his position to tight end and was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad on November 28, 2016.[31]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On November 30, 2016, the Buffalo Bills signed Thomas off the Lions practice squad.[32] Thomas gained significant playing time in 2017 after fellow tight end Charles Clay was sidelined with a knee injury. He caught his first NFL touchdown, a 22-yard pass from former Virginia Tech teammate Tyrod Taylor, during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 22. It was the second time that they connected for a touchdown and the first since college.[33]

Thomas finished the 2018 season with 12 receptions for 77 yards in 12 games.[34] He also completed his first pass attempt since his time in Arizona, connecting with Robert Foster for 16 yards on a fake punt play to pick up a first down.[35]

Detroit Lions (second stint)Edit

On March 21, 2019, Thomas was signed by the Detroit Lions.[36] On September 1, he was released, but was re-signed the next day.[37]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Passing Receiving
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2014 ARI 2 0 1 9 11.1 81 9.0 1 0 101.6
2017 BUF 12 2 7 67 9.6 22 1
2018 BUF 12 12 1 1 100.0 15 15.0 0 0 118.8 12 77 6.4 24 0
Total 26 14 2 10 20.0 96 9.6 1 0 100.4 19 144 7.6 24 1

Source:[38]

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas is married with five sons. His fifth child, a daughter, was born prematurely and died on October 24, 2017.[39][40]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Logan Thomas – Stats". MileStat.com. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Seminole District Outdoor T&F Championships – Complete Results (Raw)". MileStat.com. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Giannotto, Mark (August 6, 2011). "Logan Thomas getting his chance to run Hokies' offense". Washington Post. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
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  6. ^ "Logan Thomas 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Logan Thomas 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
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  15. ^ "Logan Thomas – 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile", NFLDraftScout.com
  16. ^ "Cardinals' Drew Stanton leaves game; Logan Thomas in". NFL.com. October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  17. ^ NFL (August 17, 2015), Logan Thomas threads the needle to Andre Ellington for an 81-yard TD (Week 5, 2014), retrieved June 19, 2016
  18. ^ "QB Lindley to start for Cardinals vs. Panthers". ESPN.com. January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
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  26. ^ Patra, Kevin (June 18, 2016). "New York Giants claim QB Logan Thomas off waivers". NFL.com. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  27. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 3, 2016). "New York Giants announce 20 roster moves". Giants.com.
  28. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 4, 2016). "Giants announce practice squad; claim DT Robert Thomas". Giants.com.
  29. ^ Eisen, Michael. "Giants sign DT Montori Hughes; release Kicker Randy Bullock". Giants.com.
  30. ^ "Giants Re-Sign LB Deontae Skinner To Practice Squad, Cut QB Logan Thomas".
  31. ^ Rogers, Justin (November 28, 2016). "Lions sign Logan Thomas to practice squad as TE". DetroitNews.com.
  32. ^ Brown, Chris (November 30, 2016). "Bills sign TE Logan Thomas". BuffaloBills.com.
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