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WR Devin Thomas Transcript

Posted Jul 31, 2011

Check out what WR Devin Thomas said to the media this afternoon.


Q: How excited are you about your chances for a third receiver job?

A: I’m really excited. It’s a blessing to be able to come back. Coming here last year towards the end was just getting the groove of things and starting to pick up on the play book and everything. Now, it’s kind of a fresh start. We missed out on the mini-camps and everything with the lockout, but to start camp with this team has just been a great opportunity.

Q: Did that part of a year, regardless of how often you were able to get out on the field, help get you ready for this year?

A: Oh yeah, definitely. Like I said, picking up on the terminology last year and just getting a feel for how things are operated around here has definitely given me a jump start just to start training camp.

Q: You’re probably a bit of an unknown to Giants fans. Do you think you can surprise them with what you can do?

A: Yeah. For those who don’t know who I am or haven’t seen me, I feel like I could definitely bring that excitement and everything. I definitely have the desire to showcase my talent. Obviously things happened in my past for obvious reasons or whatnot, but now is the chance to start anew. I have the desire and the hunger to make it happen.

Q: How much talk is there about Plaxico?

A: There wasn’t really any talk about it. We heard about it, but there wasn’t much to say. We are a receiver group and we’re ready to make things happen. Plax, I heard he’s over there with the Jets now. Congratulations to him. That’s my big brother, Michigan State guy. I wish him the best.

Q: The team was thinking of bringing another receiver in. Do the guys take that as a challenge, take that as an insult? What do they take that as?

A: I take it as, as far as what we have right now, we have a lot of receivers. A lot of guys are in the pool and want to make it, especially guys like me. You think about a guy like Plax and the things he’s done in the past and you wouldn’t be surprised that a team wants to look at him. You can’t look at that as anything, but focus on your job.

Q: Is there any relief that there’s one less guy to compete with?

A: Honestly, I don’t really see other guys – I’m focused on myself. Competition is always going to be there. You always have to compete, whether its receivers or DBs. It’s just part of the game.

Q: There are going to be comparisions made between your receiving group and other teams’ and how you guys match up with the Philadelphia secondary. How good is your corps here? How good is this group?

A: I really don’t feel like there’s a need to talk. We just have to produce. We just have to display what we can do. Everybody has their own bandwagons. You want to jump on teams for getting guys from the off season and stuff. But, pretty much, everybody has to perform. Everybody has to step on the field and do what they have to do. If they’re going to be good, they’re going to be good. They have to showcase it.

Q: Do you have any kick return duties or anything like that?

A: I’m still on the depth chart for that. So, when I get my opportunities, I’ll make the best of it.

Q: You made an impact on special teams last year. How important is that to you to move forward?

A: It’s huge. I just feel like wherever I can contribute I’m definitely going to put my hardest effort into it. On special teams, I just feel like I’m an all-purpose player anyway. So whatever it is, kick returns or if I’m running down as a gunner, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m just a football player. I’m going to make it happen.

Q: How frustrating was it after catching like 30 passes, being on the depth chart, and going to the point where you’re playing with three different teams in one year?

A: It was humbling. It was really humbling. It really changed my outlook on how I approached the game. It brought me back down and brought the hunger back out of me again. Right now I’m just starving and I’m thirsty. I have to eat and drink.

Q: You have a different kind of resume than some of these guys. Do you think maybe that will show itself at some point?

A: I have a lot of confidence that that will happen. I’m confident in my abilities. I’m confident in the coaching staff to showcase what I can do and I’m looking forward to that.

Q: In Washington you had a lot of attention …

A: It’s a different aspect. Honestly, I haven’t seen the media in a long time. … Nothing’s really changed as far as how I feel besides the fact that the things I’ve been though added to my flame. Like I said, I humble myself more than I ever had. I had the chance to get back to my roots of who I am and I’ve grown as a young man. I just feel real great right now to be able to start this training camp here.