J.T. Thomas
LB #55
Height:
6-1
Weight:
236
Age:
29
College:
West Virginia
Hometown:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
0
SCK
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FF
--
INT
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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 6th-round (195th pick overall) draft choice by the Chicago Bears in 2011…Waived by Chicago on Aug 31, 2013…Awarded off waivers to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 1, 2013…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 11, 2015.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Thomas has played in 60 games with 23 starts…His career totals include 140 tackles (86 solo), 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery on defense, and 19 special teams tackles.
-    In 2016, Thomas suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in the season opener in Dallas (9/11), and was sidelined for the remainder of the year.
-    In his first season with the Giants in 2015, Thomas played in 12 games with a career-high 11 starts at weakside linebacker…Inactive for 3 games (Nov. 1-15) and placed on injured on Dec. 31 with an ankle injury…Finished with 43 tackles (27 solo) and 3 special teams tackles…Had 4 tackles (3 solo) in his Giants debut at Dallas (9/13)…Tallied 7 tackles (3 solo) vs. Atlanta (9/20) and 6 (4 solo) vs. Dallas (10/25) in his final game before sitting out 3…Had a season-high 8 tackles (4 solo) vs. Carolina (12/20) and 3 solo stops in his final game, at Minnesota (12/27).
-    In 2014, he played in all 16 games with 10 starts – 1 on the outside and the last 9 games at middle linebacker… Finished 4th on the team with 80 tackles (47 solo), 2 interceptions, 5 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
-    Started for the first time vs. Cleveland (10/19) and had 7 tackles (6 solo)…Made his initial start at middle linebacker vs. Miami (10/26) after a season-ending injury to Paul Posluszny and finished with 6 tackles (3 solo) and his first career interception, of a Ryan Tannehill pass…Totaled 8 tackles and 2 passes defensed and intercepted a pass for the 2nd consecutive game at Cincinnati (11/2), where he picked off Andy Dalton in the 4th quarter...Tied for the team lead with 5 tackles and forced a fumble by Cole Beasley vs. Dallas (11/9) In the 2nd quarter that was recovered by Josh Evans…Posted 10 tackles (4 solo) and 1 pass defensed at Indianapolis (11/23)...Had a team-leading and career-high 12 tackles (6 solo) and scored the Jaguars’ first touchdown when he recovered an Eli Manning fumble in the end zone in the 3rd quarter vs. the Giants (11/30)…Recorded 6 tackles (5 solo) vs. Houston (12/7)…Had 5 tackles and forced a fumble by Kyle Juszczyk at Baltimore (12/14)…Totaled 10 tackles (5 solo) vs. Tennessee (12/18)…Finished the season with 8 tackles (7 solo) at Houston (12/28).
-    In 2013, spent the preseason with Chicago before he was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars…Played in 15 games with 2 starts and totaled 17 tackles (12 solo), and tied for 3rd on the team with 6 special teams tackles...Inactive at Oakland (9/15) with a groin injury…Blocked a Dustin Colquitt punt following the Chiefs’ first drive that resulted in a safety in his debut with Jacksonville vs. Kansas City (9/8)…Made his first career start vs. Tennessee (12/22) and totaled 6 solo tackles…Started at Indianapolis (12/29) and registered a then career-high 7 tackles (3 solo) with 1 forced fumble.
-    In 2012, played in all 16 games, primarily on special teams and finished with 6 special teams tackles and 1 forced fumble.
-    In 2011, spent entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a hip injury in the preseason.

COLLEGE:
-    Thomas was a 3-year starter at linebacker for the Mountaineers…Two-time All-Big East first-team selection…Played in 49 career games with 39 starts…Career totals included 233 tackles (106 solo), 6.0 sacks and 27 tackles for loss…Added 2 interceptions, 13 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries…As a senior, started all 13 games and ranked 2nd on the team with 73 tackles (36 solo)…Also had 2.5 sacks, 7 tackles for losses, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries to earn first-team all-conference honors…As a junior, registered a career-high 76 tackles and earned All-Big East first-team honors…Selected by his teammates as the “Iron Mountaineer,” an award presented to the most outstanding performers in WVU’s offseason strength and conditioning program…Started for first time as a sophomore and collected 65 tackles (23 solo), 3 sacks and a team-high 10 tackles for losses…As a redshirt freshman, played in 10 games and totaled 19 tackles…Received a medical redshirt as a freshman…Won 2006 Danny Van Etten Award for scout team Player of the Year on defense.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted an annual JT3’s Legends Youth Football Camp for youth athletes in South Florida...Attended Mott Hall High School and spoke at an assembly on a panel in honor of Black History Month...Hosted JT Thomas’ Monday Night Bowling fundraiser that benefited Intensive Therapeutics, a program that offers individual and group services for children with a variety of special needs...Attended the United Way NYC Gridiron Gala, joining teammates and Jets players to help raise over $2 million in support of the United Way’s efforts in New York City...Participated in the Rock and Wrap it Up Tribute to the New York Giants fundraiser bowling event.

PERSONAL:
-    Obatined his MBA from the University of Miami…Attended Blanche Ely (Fla.) High School, where he was a team captain and team’s MVP as a senior…Was a teammate of Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson…His father, J.T. Thomas, Sr., was a LB at West Virginia from 1994-95...Took a disabled 8th-grade girl in Morgantown, W.V. to her 8th grade dance in May of 2011…Gave a 14-year old boy with epilepsy tickets to Super Bowl XLVI.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 6th-round (195th pick overall) draft choice by the Chicago Bears in 2011…Waived by Chicago on Aug 31, 2013…Awarded off waivers to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 1, 2013…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 11, 2015.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Thomas has played in 60 games with 23 starts…His career totals include 140 tackles (86 solo), 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery on defense, and 19 special teams tackles.
-    In 2016, Thomas suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in the season opener in Dallas (9/11), and was sidelined for the remainder of the year.
-    In his first season with the Giants in 2015, Thomas played in 12 games with a career-high 11 starts at weakside linebacker…Inactive for 3 games (Nov. 1-15) and placed on injured on Dec. 31 with an ankle injury…Finished with 43 tackles (27 solo) and 3 special teams tackles…Had 4 tackles (3 solo) in his Giants debut at Dallas (9/13)…Tallied 7 tackles (3 solo) vs. Atlanta (9/20) and 6 (4 solo) vs. Dallas (10/25) in his final game before sitting out 3…Had a season-high 8 tackles (4 solo) vs. Carolina (12/20) and 3 solo stops in his final game, at Minnesota (12/27).
-    In 2014, he played in all 16 games with 10 starts – 1 on the outside and the last 9 games at middle linebacker… Finished 4th on the team with 80 tackles (47 solo), 2 interceptions, 5 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
-    Started for the first time vs. Cleveland (10/19) and had 7 tackles (6 solo)…Made his initial start at middle linebacker vs. Miami (10/26) after a season-ending injury to Paul Posluszny and finished with 6 tackles (3 solo) and his first career interception, of a Ryan Tannehill pass…Totaled 8 tackles and 2 passes defensed and intercepted a pass for the 2nd consecutive game at Cincinnati (11/2), where he picked off Andy Dalton in the 4th quarter...Tied for the team lead with 5 tackles and forced a fumble by Cole Beasley vs. Dallas (11/9) In the 2nd quarter that was recovered by Josh Evans…Posted 10 tackles (4 solo) and 1 pass defensed at Indianapolis (11/23)...Had a team-leading and career-high 12 tackles (6 solo) and scored the Jaguars’ first touchdown when he recovered an Eli Manning fumble in the end zone in the 3rd quarter vs. the Giants (11/30)…Recorded 6 tackles (5 solo) vs. Houston (12/7)…Had 5 tackles and forced a fumble by Kyle Juszczyk at Baltimore (12/14)…Totaled 10 tackles (5 solo) vs. Tennessee (12/18)…Finished the season with 8 tackles (7 solo) at Houston (12/28).
-    In 2013, spent the preseason with Chicago before he was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars…Played in 15 games with 2 starts and totaled 17 tackles (12 solo), and tied for 3rd on the team with 6 special teams tackles...Inactive at Oakland (9/15) with a groin injury…Blocked a Dustin Colquitt punt following the Chiefs’ first drive that resulted in a safety in his debut with Jacksonville vs. Kansas City (9/8)…Made his first career start vs. Tennessee (12/22) and totaled 6 solo tackles…Started at Indianapolis (12/29) and registered a then career-high 7 tackles (3 solo) with 1 forced fumble.
-    In 2012, played in all 16 games, primarily on special teams and finished with 6 special teams tackles and 1 forced fumble.
-    In 2011, spent entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a hip injury in the preseason.

COLLEGE:
-    Thomas was a 3-year starter at linebacker for the Mountaineers…Two-time All-Big East first-team selection…Played in 49 career games with 39 starts…Career totals included 233 tackles (106 solo), 6.0 sacks and 27 tackles for loss…Added 2 interceptions, 13 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries…As a senior, started all 13 games and ranked 2nd on the team with 73 tackles (36 solo)…Also had 2.5 sacks, 7 tackles for losses, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries to earn first-team all-conference honors…As a junior, registered a career-high 76 tackles and earned All-Big East first-team honors…Selected by his teammates as the “Iron Mountaineer,” an award presented to the most outstanding performers in WVU’s offseason strength and conditioning program…Started for first time as a sophomore and collected 65 tackles (23 solo), 3 sacks and a team-high 10 tackles for losses…As a redshirt freshman, played in 10 games and totaled 19 tackles…Received a medical redshirt as a freshman…Won 2006 Danny Van Etten Award for scout team Player of the Year on defense.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted an annual JT3’s Legends Youth Football Camp for youth athletes in South Florida...Attended Mott Hall High School and spoke at an assembly on a panel in honor of Black History Month...Hosted JT Thomas’ Monday Night Bowling fundraiser that benefited Intensive Therapeutics, a program that offers individual and group services for children with a variety of special needs...Attended the United Way NYC Gridiron Gala, joining teammates and Jets players to help raise over $2 million in support of the United Way’s efforts in New York City...Participated in the Rock and Wrap it Up Tribute to the New York Giants fundraiser bowling event.

PERSONAL:
-    Obatined his MBA from the University of Miami…Attended Blanche Ely (Fla.) High School, where he was a team captain and team’s MVP as a senior…Was a teammate of Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson…His father, J.T. Thomas, Sr., was a LB at West Virginia from 1994-95...Took a disabled 8th-grade girl in Morgantown, W.V. to her 8th grade dance in May of 2011…Gave a 14-year old boy with epilepsy tickets to Super Bowl XLVI.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 158 102 56 0.0 1 5 2 10 -- 10 0 4 1
2017 NYG 2 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 NYG 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 NYG 12 11 46 30 16 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 JAC 16 10 84 51 33 0.0 0 5 2 10 5 10 0 2 1
2013 JAC 15 2 23 18 5 0.0 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 CHI 16 0 5 3 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @DAL L 3-19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 DET L 10-24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @PHI L 24-27 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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