Bryan Thomas (American football)

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Bryan Thomas
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Thomas in 2009.
No. 99, 58
Position:Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1979-06-07) June 7, 1979 (age 40)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Minor (Adamsville, Alabama)
College:UAB
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:442
Sacks:33.5
Forced Fumbles:7
Player stats at NFL.com

Bryan Thomas (born June 7, 1979) is a former American football linebacker and defensive end. He was drafted by the New York Jets 22nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he played college football for the UAB Blazers.

Professional career[edit]

The 6'4" Thomas had an impressive combine performance that elevated him from a mid-second round pick to the first round.[1]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 12 in
(1.94 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
4.47 s 4.01 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
33 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Thomas played 15 games in his rookie year of 2002 collecting a half-sack and 5 total tackles.

Thomas played all 16 games (10 started) in 2003 with a sack, 3 passes defended, one fumble recovery, and 26 total tackles.

Thomas played in 14 games (6 started) of the 2004 season with 1.5 sacks, a pass defended, and 28 total tackles.

Playing 16 games (4 starts) of the 2005 season, Thomas has 3.5 sacks, 2 passes defended, and 25 total tackles

Thomas played his entire career as a defensive end until being converted to a linebacker in the 3-4 defense for the Jets during the 2006 NFL season. Thomas became a defensive end when Mangini used a 4-3 defense. Thomas led the New York Jets in sacks with 8.5 sacks. This was his breakout season playing as an outside linebacker with new head coach Eric Mangini. At the end of the 2006 season, Thomas was awarded a new contract.

In 2007, Thomas reverted to the disappointing play that had previously been the hallmark of his career. This raised concerns that Thomas was a "one year wonder" or a "contract year" player. In particular, comments made by Thomas during the 2007 season where he said he had not thought it necessary to "continue to work to improve" left many Jets fans extremely concerned. Overall, Thomas finished the 2007 season with 2.5 sacks, one pass defended, a forced fumble, and 39 total tackles.

Thomas had a mediocre 2008 season as he collected 5.5 sacks, one pass defended, 2 forced fumbles (1 recovery), and 38 total tackles.

Thomas collected 2 sacks, one pass defended, 2 fumble recoveries, and 41 total tackles. He led the Jets into the playoffs until the team lost in the AFC Championship to the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2010, Thomas changed his jersey number to 58. He collected 6 sacks, one pass defended, a fumble recovery, and 31 total tackles. He led the Jets to the playoffs for the second season in a row but lost the AFC Championship to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Thomas did not play long during the 2011 season as he suffered a torn Achilles tendon on October 2, 2011, which knocked him out for the rest of the season. Overall, he recorded 10 total tackles and one pass defended in 4 games played.

Thomas was released by the Jets on September 22, 2012 after suffering a hamstring injury.[3] Two days later, the Jets re-signed him.[4] Thomas finished the 2012 season with 2.5 sacks, one pass defended, and 18 total tackles. Thomas was released after the season was over.

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2002 NYJ 15 9 5 4 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 NYJ 16 42 26 16 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2004 NYJ 14 43 28 15 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 NYJ 16 37 24 13 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2006 NYJ 16 77 58 19 8.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 NYJ 16 47 39 8 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2008 NYJ 16 57 39 18 5.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 NYJ 16 53 40 13 2.0 1 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 NYJ 16 39 31 8 6.0 1 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 NYJ 4 14 10 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 NYJ 12 24 18 6 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 157 442 318 124 33.5 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 11

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Battista, Judy (April 21, 2002). "Jets Hold Off on Cornerback And Opt for a Defensive End". New York Times.
  2. ^ "Bryan Thomas profile". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  3. ^ Orr, Conor (22 September 2012). "Jets release veteran OLB Bryan Thomas". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  4. ^ Orr, Conor (24 September 2012). "Bryan Thomas, re-signed by Jets, said he was upset after being cut". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Bryan Thomas Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 April 2014.

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