5 Jaguars players who must make a huge impression in OTAs
2. Jaguars player who must shine in OTAs: Daniel Thomas, S
There's no way to sugarcoat this. The Jaguars were devoid of talent in 2020 but that's not earth-shattering news. Within a span of two years, then-general manager Dave Caldwell proceeded to ship most of the team's difference-makers, including but not limited to cornerback Jalen Ramsey, defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and even running back Leonard Fournette, who was released only because the Jags couldn't find a trade partner.
Without any difference-makers on the roster, the Jaguars had to resort to the bottom of the roster to find players to suit up. Then-rookie Daniel Thomas was one of them. The former Auburn Tiger was given a chance when injuries struck the secondary. Surprisingly, he fared well.
Even though it was a small sample, Thomas flashed potential in two starts. However, an arm injury put an end to his season and he wasn't able to gain momentum since then. Over the last two years, he's only made two starts and he's been mostly relegated to special teams.
Due to the arrival of rookies Erick Hallett II and Antonio Johnson, Thomas could find himself on the roster bubble ahead of training camp. And barring an outstanding display, he might not make the 53-man roster in 2023.