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Phillip Thomas (born March 1, 1989) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Fresno State, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Phillip Thomas
No. 41, 43
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1989-03-01) March 1, 1989 (age 30)
Bakersfield, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Bakersfield (CA)
College:Fresno State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:27
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Thomas was born in Bakersfield, California. He attended Bakersfield High School, and played high school football for the Bakersfield Drillers.

College careerEdit

Thomas attended California State University, Fresno, where he played for the Fresno State Bulldogs football team from 2008 to 2012. As a senior in 2012, he was named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and CBS Sports.[1][2] He was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.[3] He was named to the ESPN All-America team and winner of the 2012 CFPA Defensive Back Trophy.[4] He became the first unanimous All-American in Fresno State history when he was named to the Associated Press All-America team.[5]

Professional careerEdit

2013 NFL CombineEdit

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 BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
30 58 in
(0.78 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.65 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[6]

Washington RedskinsEdit

Thomas was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round, with the 119th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.[7] He officially signed a four-year contract with the team on May 17, 2013.[8][9] In the first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, he suffered a left foot injury, which was originally diagnosed as a sprain. On August 13, it was announced that Thomas would miss the entire 2013 season and be placed on injured reserve due to a torn Lisfranc ligament.[10]

Battling hamstring and foot injuries in the preseason, the Redskins waived him on August 30, 2014 for final roster cuts before the start of the 2014 season.[11] After clearing waivers, he was signed to the team's practice squad the following day.[12] He was promoted to the active roster on November 1, 2014.[13] He was waived on August 5, 2015.[14]

Miami DolphinsEdit

Thomas signed with the Miami Dolphins on August 10, 2015.[15] On August 30, 2015, he was waived.[16]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On December 30, 2015, the Buffalo Bills signed Thomas to their practice squad.[17] On January 4, 2016, he signed a futures contract with the Bills.[18] On June 17, 2016, he was waived.[19] On June 20, 2016, the Bills placed Thomas on injured reserve after clearing waivers.[20]

On March 6, 2017, Thomas was released by the Bills.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AFCA Announces 2012 FBS All-America Team". www.afca.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "CBSSports.com 2012 College Football All-America Team". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Thomas Selected as Finalist for Jim Thorpe Award". www.gobulldogs.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Thomas to Receive CFPA DB Trophy". www.gobulldogs.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Thomas Named to AP All-America First-Team". www.gobulldogs.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "NFL Combine Profile", NFL.com, retrieved May 1, 2013
  7. ^ Tinsman, Brian (April 27, 2013). "Phillip Thomas: 'I'll Be The Steal Of The Draft'". Redskins.com. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Jones, Mike (May 17, 2013). "Redskins sign fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Tinsman, Brian (May 17, 2013). "Redskins Sign Draft Pick Phillip Thomas". Redskins.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  10. ^ Tinsman, Brian (August 13, 2013). "Phillip Thomas Placed On IR, Lisfranc Tear". Redskins.com. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  11. ^ Jones, Mike (August 30, 2014). "Phillip Thomas, Chase Minnifield among defensive players cut". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  12. ^ Keim, John (August 31, 2014). "Redskins sign eight to practice squad". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  13. ^ Jones, Mike. "Safety Phillip Thomas promoted, defensive lineman Clifton Geathers released". Washington Post. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  14. ^ Walker, Andrew (August 5, 2015). "Redskins Sign Cornerbacks McCann, Hoskey". Redskins.com. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  15. ^ Hailey, Peter. "Former Redskin Phillip Thomas lands with new team". CSN Washington. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  16. ^ Dwork, David (August 30, 2015). "Dolphins Release 11 Players As Roster Cuts Begin". miami.cbslocal.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  17. ^ Brown, Chris (December 30, 2015). "Bills call up CBs Noel, Seamster from practice squad". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Jackson, Zac (January 4, 2016). "Bills extend four, sign seven to futures contracts". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  19. ^ Brown, Chris (June 17, 2016). "Tryout player Renfrow signs with Bills". www.buffalobills.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  20. ^ "Bills Place S Phillip Thomas On I.R. After Clearing Waivers | Bet IT Best". Bet IT Best Sportnachrichten. June 20, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  21. ^ Brown, Chris (March 6, 2017). "Bills release Carpenter, Robey-Coleman in handful of cuts". BuffaloBills.com.

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