Josh Thomas (cornerback)

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Josh Thomas
Josh Thomas (cornerback) 2012.jpg
Thomas with the Carolina Panthers in 2012
No. 33 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Cedar Hill, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Cedar Hill (TX)
College: Buffalo
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 143
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 66
Interceptions: 1
Passes defensed: 11
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Josh Thomas (born May 3, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University at Buffalo. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round, 143rd overall of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Born in Cedar Hill, Texas, Thomas attended Cedar Hill High School before accepting a scholarship from the University at Buffalo. Thomas volunteered to play free safety because the team had a surplus of cornerbacks. He played well, recording 109 tackles and 3 interceptions, but did not attract the high-level recruiting attention that coach Joey McGuire thought he deserved. Then, Buffalo coach Turner Gill, of Fort Worth, Texas, convinced him to head north.

Thomas also starred in track & field at Cedar, where he competed in hurdles and relays. As a junior in 2006, he posted a personal-best time of 37.19 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the UIL T&F Championships.[1] At the 2007 District Meet, he placed 3rd in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.47 seconds, 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 37.33 seconds and ran the second leg on the 4x400m relay squad, helping Cedar win the event with a time of 3:14.81.[2]

College career[edit]

Thomas played for the Buffalo Bulls football team from 2007 to 2010. He appeared in 47 games, starting 34 of them. He amassed 205 tackles, two sacks, five forced fumbles (two recoveries), two interceptions and 27 passes defensed.

Thomas started four games as a true freshman and registered 45 tackles, 4 passes defensed and one interception.

As a sophomore, Thomas played in 12 games with eight starts. He finished second on the team with six passes defensed and recorded 57 tackles and three forced fumbles.

As a junior in 2009, Thomas had 10 starts, recorded 45 tackles and ranked second on the team with 9 passes defensed.

In his last year at Buffalo, Thomas was the team's top cornerback, mainly covering the opposing teams' top wide receiver; he finished with 12 starts, 58 tackles, 8 passes defensed, one interception and 2 sacks.

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 191 lb 4.43 s 1.59 s 2.53 s 4.15 s 6.89 s 40 in 10 ft 8 in 13 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[3]

At his Pro Day, Thomas (5-foot-10 5/8, 192 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, had a 40-inch vertical jump and a 10-8 broad jump, ran a 6.89 3-cone drill, and stood on his short shuttle time and bench-press repetitions.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Thomas was selected in the fifth round, 143rd overall of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[4] Since 1969, Ed Ellis (125th pick in 1997) remains the only other Buffalo player selected sooner. He was waived on September 3.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

He was claimed off the waivers by the Carolina Panthers on September 4, 2011 after being waived by Dallas in the final roster cutdown.[5] In 2012, he started the last 4 games, registered 24 tackles, 7 passes defensed (second on the team) an 7 special teams tackles.

In 2013, he played in 13 games (6 starts and 3 inactive) as part of a defensive unit that ranked second in the league in points allowed and total defense. He finished with 28 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 4 special teams tackles and one interception. He was released on August 30, 2014.[6]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On September 8, 2014, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks to replace Jeremy Lane who was placed on the injured reserve list.[7] He was cut on October 8 after playing in three games.[8]

New York Jets[edit]

Thomas signed with the New York Jets on October 13, 2014. He provided depth after the team placed cornerback Dee Milliner on the injured reserve list.[9] Thomas was released on December 16, 2014, days after his car was broken into and, by his estimate, nearly $12,000 worth of items were stolen.[10][11] According to Thomas, the Jets told him that part of the reason that he was released was because he did not "engage" enough with his teammates.[11]

Detroit Lions[edit]

The day after his release from the Jets, Thomas was selected off waivers by the Detroit Lions. In his brief stint with the Lions, Thomas earned $75,882 while appearing in only one game and failing to record any statistics.[12]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

The Minnesota Vikings signed Thomas on July 24, 2015 following the news that cornerback Jabari Price would be suspended for two games to start the season.[13]


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  5. ^ Yasinskas, Pat. "Panthers clean up waiver wire". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
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  8. ^ Condotta, Bob. "Seahawks sign center Patrick Lewis, waive CB Josh Thomas". Seattle Times. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Lange, Randy (October 13, 2014). "Brian Winters Joins Dee Milliner on IR". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 13, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ Cosentino, Dom (December 16, 2014). "Jets release cornerback Josh Thomas, whose playbook was stolen". Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Rothstein, Josh (December 18, 2014). "Josh Thomas: Jets didn't engage". ESPN. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Rothstein, Michael (March 4, 2015). "Meet the Detroit Lions free agents: CB Josh Thomas". ESPN. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Vensel, Matt (July 24, 2015). "Vikings sign CB Josh Thomas". Star Tribune. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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