Redskins Release Thomas, Promote Williams

Washington Redskins wide receiver Devin Thomas hangs his head during the final minute as the Redskins lose to the Carolina Panthers 20-17 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 11, 2009. UPI/Nell Redmond . Photo via Newscom

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It’s been obvious for some time that wide Receiver Devin Thomas has no place in the Shanahan plan. The Washington Redskins confirmed that today by releasing the 2008 draft pick.

Word was that the ‘Skins front office tried to move him by trade last week. Finding no takers, apparently, they applied the ax.

Running back Keiland Williams was promoted off the practice squad to fill Thomas’ spot.

Thomas was considered a raw talent when the Redskins made him their first selection on the NFL Draft. Though the pick came in the second round, he felt like a first round pick to Redskins fans who invested him and Malcolm Kelly with high hopes for a return to offensive glory. Both were criticized by Jim Zorn and Vinny Cerrato during training camp for being unconditioned and unprepared for the pros.

Thomas said he worked hard hard this season to earn the No. 2 wide receiver slot. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan echoed Zorn’s statement that Thomas was not professional enough to rise through the ranks during practice to crack the line-up.

Thomas seemed befuddled by it all. By the time the regular season opened, he dropped to fifth on the depth chart and said the coaches were not working with him.

Brad Biggs story on National Football Post points to the issue:

“Sources told the National Football Post Thomas was rarely in good shape and that often led to minor injuries. He had suspect work ethic and marginal hands. Surely, someone will take a look at him. He’d be a no-risk investment but Thomas needs to become motivated to turn around his career.”

What does this foretell about Malcolm Kelly, now on the injured reserve list?

Running back Keiland Williams, who returned to the practice squad this week, was elevated to the roster in Thomas’ spot. Williams was the target out of the backfield for Donovan McNabb passes in the Dallas game.

One would expect that a guy off the practice squad Saturday would not have a big impact in Sunday’s game. We’ve seen last week that doesn’t apply with Mike Shanahan. His Saturday moves are becoming routine, sometimes with surprising impact on Sunday.

Anthony Brown

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Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.

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