Justin Thomas (American football)

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Justin Thomas
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Thomas in 2013
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-03-15) March 15, 1994 (age 24)
Prattville, Alabama
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 1,300 lb (590 kg)
Career information
High school: Prattville (Prattville, Alabama)
College: Georgia Tech
Undrafted: 2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Justin Micheal Bryant Thomas (born March 15, 1994) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Georgia Tech and signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He has also been a member of the Los Angeles Rams.

Early years[edit]

Thomas attended Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama. He played football, basketball and baseball. He helped lead the Lions to win the Alabama class 6A state football championship in 2011. Rivals.com rated him as a four-star recruit in football.[1] He originally committed the University of Alabama to play college football but changed to Georgia Tech.[2] He made the change due to Georgia Tech offering him a chance to play quarterback.[3] Alabama had indicated that he would be used as a defensive back.

College career[edit]

Thomas was redshirted for his freshman season at Georgia Tech in 2012. As a redshirt freshman in 2013, he played in 10 games as a backup to Vad Lee. He completed nine of 17 passes for 131 yards and one passing touchdown and rushed for 234 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns. Thomas took over as the starter in 2014 after Lee transferred.[4][5] He went on to start all 14 games including the Orange Bowl victory against Mississippi State led by Dak Prescott. He was named the MVP of the game after he had 125 passing yards, a passing touchdown, 121 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[6] For the season, he passed for 1,719 yards and 18 touchdowns with six interceptions and rushed for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns. The 2015 season was one that was marred by injuries. The team finished with a dismal 3-9 record. Thomas' most notable performance of the season was against then undefeated Florida State. He rushed for a 60 yard touchdown that kept the Yellow Jackets in the game, making the score 10-13. The team moved on, and Thomas lead the way to an impressive 2016 season. He led the Yellow Jackets to wins over SEC teams Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Georgia. Thomas had a historic game against Duke, passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns, and running for 195 yards and 2 more touchdowns. [7] The team went 9-4 on the season. Thomas is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in Georgia Tech history.

College statistics[edit]

Passing Rushing
Year* Attempts Comps Comp % Yards TD Int Attempts Yards TD
2013 17 9 52.9% 131 1 2 33 234 2
2014 187 96 51.3% 1719 18 6 190 1086 8
2015 180 75 41.7% 1345 13 8 145 488 6
2016 148 79 53.4% 1559 8 2 137 604 6
College Career Totals 532 259 48.7% 4754 40 18 505 2412 22

Year* 2012 – red shirt

Professional career[edit]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Thomas signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent after participating in the team's rookie minicamp as a defensive back and wide receiver.[8][9] He was waived on July 29, 2017.[10]

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

On August 3, 2017, Thomas signed with the Los Angeles Rams.[11] He was waived on August 18, 2017.[12]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

On August 23, 2017, Thomas was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[13] He was waived on September 2, 2017, and was then signed to the practice squad the next day.[14][15] He was released on September 20, 2017, but re-signed six days later.[16][17] He was released on October 18, 2017, but was re-signed on November 6. He was released again on November 20 and re-signed on December 21. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on January 16, 2018.[18]

On August 27, 2018, Thomas was waived by the Steelers.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rivals.com". 
  2. ^ Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama
  3. ^ "A tale of two Prattville quarterbacks -- Justin Thomas' win-win and Jalen Whitlow's quest for the right fit". 
  4. ^ "Justin Thomas takes over at QB for Georgia Tech - ACCSports.com". 26 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Former Prattville QB starting at Georgia Tech". 
  6. ^ Clark, Ryan S. "Orange Bowl MVP Justin Thomas savors Georgia Tech win over Mississippi State". 
  7. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400869474.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Saints Sign DB Justin Thomas". NewOrleansSaints.com. May 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Justin Thomas gets his position assignment with the Saints". ajc.com. May 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Saints Releasing DB Justin Thomas". NFLTradeRumors.com. July 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ Lago, Kristen (August 4, 2017). "Rams Sign Two Players, Waive Laskey". TheRams.com. 
  12. ^ Simmons, Myles (August 18, 2017). "Rams Add Defensive Depth, Sign Two Players". TheRams.com. 
  13. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 23, 2017). "Roster moves continue for Steelers". Steelers.com. 
  14. ^ "Steelers trim roster to 53". Steelers.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on January 17, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Steelers announce practice squad". Steelers.com. September 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Steelers Sign OT Jake Rodgers, Release WR Justin Thomas". SteelersDepot.com. September 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Steelers sign Justin Thomas, Matt Galambos to practice squad". 247sports.com. September 26, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Hilton signed to extension". Steelers.com. January 16, 2018. 
  19. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 27, 2018). "Steelers trade for Switzer". Steelers.com. 

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