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Dec. 26, 2010; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas (80) catches a pass in front of Washington Redskins safety Macho Harris (20) during the second half at EverBank Field. The Redskins defeated the Jaguars 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Putting the Mike Thomas Rumors to Bed

There have been a lot of rumors circulating about the Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receiver Mike Thomas.  Thomas was the most productive receiver for the Jaguars in 2010 and is infamous for his Hail Mary catch against the Houston Texans.  He has reportedly had a bad camp….unless you ask head coach Mike Mularkey.

On the Jaguars official site, Mike Mularkey is quoted as saying “[Mike Thomas] has had a good camp.”

Not only that, but Mike Thomas is apparently the most versatile receiver on the Jaguars roster.  For all of the speculation about whether Cecil Shorts or Lee Evans would beat him out for a slot receiver job or some other starting position, Mike Thomas has apparently had a better OTA than it has been speculated.

Thomas’ experience and skill keeps him as one of the top wide receivers heading toward training camp.  Mularkey thinks that Thomas really “gets it” which is especially good for a time that was spent installing a new offense for the coming season.  It means that Thomas has done well in understanding the responsibilities he has to fulfill in the plays.  It means that Thomas understands what other players are doing on the field.

And you know what?  He’s getting better and better according to Mularkey.

These are all good things for a receiver that has struggled according to many people on the field during OTAs and may have given up during last season’s disastrous offensive campaign.  From what is available for all of us writing on the Jaguars to read, it appears that Mike Thomas’ job is quite safe.  He has impressed the coaching staff and seems be developing into a better receiver in the new offense than we have seen him be since 2010.

I think it’s time we stopped speculating about Thomas’ job security and leave it to the experts: his coaches.  We may not think he’s doing as well as we like, but ultimately the final evaluations rest in the hands of the Jaguars coaches and front office.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • Bobbyp84

    Its funny. I still remember everything about that game and what I was doing that exact moment during that hail mary catch. I was at a sports bar with some friends and my”than” girlfriend. We all thought it was going to go into overtime so I walked up to the bar and ordered another pitcher of beer. In the middle of my sentence david garrard threw the ball. I stopped in the middle of the order and watched the most beautiful play happen before my eyes. I got so excited that I jumped up and my beer that I had in my hand flew everywhere. Now I have said this before, mike thomas is too valuable to this team. Even if he is doing horrible in otas, we should not get rid of him. If all else fails and if lee evans beats him out than have thomas be our return guy. He always excels at returning kicks and punts