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J.T. Thomas | Linebacker | #55

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 236
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 6 (195) / CHI
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ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes newly-signed LB J.T. Thomas is the favorite to start at weakside linebacker.
The Giants are apparently concerned Devon Kennard lacks the speed to be effective in coverage on the weak side. Thomas has not been particularly effective in coverage during his four-year career, but is a strong run defender. Kennard figures to move to the strong side, with Jon Beason stationed in the middle. Jameel McClain and Mark Herzlich will provide depth. Sat, Mar 14, 2015 10:53:00 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Giants signed LB J.T. Thomas to a three-year, $12 million contract with $4.5 million guaranteed.

A sixth-round pick out of West Virginia in 2011, Thomas was waived by the Bears two years into his career and then latched on with the Jags. He started 12 games over the last two years, getting worked over against the run. The Giants shouldn't be counting on Thomas to be a starter.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 06:08:00 PM

Jaguars claimed LB J.T. Thomas off waivers from the Bears.

Thomas was a sixth-round pick out of West Virginia in 2011. He'll compete for special teams duties and snaps at outside linebacker in Jacksonville.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 02:54:00 PM

Bears waived LB J.T. Thomas.

Thomas spent two years with the Bears and was active in every game last year. As a core special teamer, he could get some sniffs around the league.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Bears LB J.T. Thomas is expected to be cleared of a misdemeanor drug possession charge before the regular season begins.

Thomas was charged with possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana after driving the wrong way on a one-way street in February. As long as he completes the terms of a deferred sentence, the charge is likely to be dropped. Thomas is not expected to face NFL suspension.
Fri, May 25, 2012 08:56:00 AM

Bears LB J.T. Thomas was arrested in Morgantown (WV) Monday morning for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

The arrest will hurt Thomas' chances of making the Bears' 53-man roster after the team was reportedly "unpleased" with his physicality as a rookie. A sixth-round pick who spent his first season on I.R., Thomas was pulled over at 3:55 AM for driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Police discovered two baggies of marijuana in Thomas' glove compartment after a search. The misdemeanor charge accuses Thomas of possessing less than 15 grams of weed.
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 04:04:00 PM

Bears placed LB J.T. Thomas (back) on injured reserve, ending his season.

A sixth-round pick, Thomas is essentially being redshirted. Thomas will look to make the Bears as an outside linebacker next summer.
Sat, Sep 3, 2011 05:22:00 PM

Bears signed No. 195 overall pick LB J.T. Thomas to a four-year, $2.133 contract.

Thomas projects as an outside linebacker, but has the versatility to play all three linebacker spots. He made news this offseason when he took a 14-year-old Bears fan to a middle-school dance in West Virginia. His deal includes a signing bonus of $92,520.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 10:14:00 AM

Bears selected West Virginia LB J.T. Thomas with the No. 195 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

A three-year starter for the Mountaineers, Thomas has sideline-to-sideline range in an under-sized package. He projects as a backup to Lance Briggs on the weak side while also pitching in on special teams.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 04:45:00 PM

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