Lions add speed to receiving corps by adding Mike Thomas

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Mike ThomasThe Detroit Lions made a minor deal before Thursday’s trading deadline, acquiring speedy wide receiver Mike Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The terms of the deal are still unknown.
The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Thomas had a career year for the Jaguars in 2010, catching 66 passes for 820 yards and four touchdowns.
His production slid in 2011 with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert at the helm. Thomas has only caught 12 passes this season for 80 yards.
Thomas works primary out of the slot. He can be a downfield threat or pick up yardage after the catch working short routes underneath. He’s also considered an exceptional blocker despite his smaller frame.
Thomas has been the Jaguars’ primary punt returner the past four seasons. He averaged better than 10 yards per return, including a 78-yard touchdown, in 2010. He hasn’t been used on kickoffs much since his rookie year in 2009. Read more…
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