Michael Thomas (defensive back)
Michael Thomas (born March 17, 1990) is an American football safety for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Stanford. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Thomas with the Giants in 2018
|No. 31 – New York Giants|
|Born:||March 17, 1990|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||196 lb (89 kg)|
|High school:||Nimitz (Houston, Texas)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
San Francisco 49ersEdit
Thomas signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2012. He was waived on August 31, and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He spent the whole 2012 season on the practice squad.
On December 10, 2013, Thomas was signed by the Miami Dolphins off the 49ers' practice squad. He made his professional debut the following week, where he recorded an interception off New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with two seconds left in the game to seal the Dolphins victory. He also broke up a touchdown pass intended for Danny Amendola before sealing the victory with his interception. After that game, he appeared in two more for the rest of the season.
In 2014, Thomas played in eight games with two starts before suffering a torn pectoral in Week 9. He was placed on injured reserve on November 3, 2014. He finished his second season with eighteen tackles.
Thomas became a starter for the Dolphins in 2015, starting 13 games at free safety. On December 20, 2015, he made a season-high 11 tackles against the San Diego Chargers. He finished the season with 85 tackles and two passes defended.
On September 18, 2016, Thomas recorded his first career sack and forced fumble against the New England Patriots. On December 4, he grabbed his first career fumble recovery against the Baltimore Ravens. On December 24, Thomas made a season-high eight tackles and his second career forced fumble (but the Bills recover it) against the Buffalo Bills. On December 29, Thomas was named the 2016 Good Guy Award winner, annually given "to a player for his professionalism and courtesy in assisting the media." Thomas played in all 16 games with eight starts recording 58 tackles, one sack, one pass defended, and two forced fumbles. The Dolphins finished with a record of 10-6 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. On January 8, 2017, Thomas in his first career playoff game recorded an interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card round. Along with teammate Xavien Howard, they become the first Dolphins to record interceptions in the playoffs since Calvin Jackson in 2000.
On April 17, 2017, Thomas signed his restricted free agent tender with the Dolphins. In 2017, Thomas played in 13 games with two starts before suffering a knee injury in Week 13. He made his first start of the season on November 5, replacing the injured Nate Allen. He was placed on injured reserve on December 29, 2017.
New York GiantsEdit
On March 26, 2018, Thomas signed a two-year contract with the New York Giants. Thomas had a career year with the New York Giants on defense and special teams. Thomas notched 59 total tackles, one sack, and two interceptions on defense while getting 16 of his tackles on special teams and recovering an onside kick for the Giants. He was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl as a special teams replacement for Super Bowl LIII bound Cory Littleton.
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