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Phillip Thomas | Defensive Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 223
College: Fresno State
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Redskins second-year S Phillip Thomas has missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury and is on the roster bubble.
This is another case of a broken foot leading to further injury; Thomas missed all of 2013 with a Lisfranc fracture. "Time’s running out," DC Jim Haslett said. "I don’t know the consequence, but obviously, it’s not good for him, or for us, if he’s not out there." Thomas was making plays in the spring and had the coaches wondering if he might overtake SS Brandon Meriweather. That's not going to happen now. The Redskins can't count on him to stay healthy. Aug 12 - 9:25 AM

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Redskins second-year S Phillip Thomas is working as the second-team strong safety at OTAs.

He's behind Brandon Meriweather. Thomas is not expected to push for a starting job in 2014, but the Skins are hopeful he'll enter the mix next offseason with Meriweather on a one-year deal. Thomas missed all of his 2013 rookie season with a Lisfranc fracture. He was a fourth-round pick in last April's draft.
May 30 - 3:40 PM

Redskins GM Bruce Allen said the team was high on second-year SS Phillip Thomas last season before he landed on injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury.

"We had high hopes for him last year," Allen said. "He was going to start for us and he ended up missing the year." Thomas, the 119th overall pick last April, didn't play a snap as a rookie. It's unclear if the Redskins remain high on the center-field safety, but they certainly can't rely on him as a starter in 2014. Washington still has plenty of work to do on the back end of its defense.
Mar 21 - 12:48 PM

ESPN Redskins blogger John Keim expects SS Phillip Thomas to be used in a backup role in 2014.

A fourth-round pick, Thomas missed his entire rookie season with a Lisfranc injury two weeks into training camp. The Redskins have major concerns in their secondary going into 2014, but Thomas isn't being counted on as anything more than a rotational safety until he proves he's fully healthy. Barring any setbacks, Thomas is expected to be medically cleared for OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 31 - 8:25 PM

Redskins placed S Phillip Thomas on injured reserve with a left Lisfranc fracture, ending his season.

The fourth-round pick will undergo surgery, and be sidelined 4-5 months. In theory, he'll be 100 percent for next year's offseason program. Journeyman Brandon Meriweather is now the prohibitive favorite to start opposite rookie Bacarri Rambo, who appears to have locked up a starting job. The Redskins also have DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty on the roster. A big-time playmaker, Thomas was a first-team All American for Fresno State as a senior. He should compete for a starting job in 2014.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 05:38:00 PM

Redskins rookie SS Phillip Thomas will consult Dr. Robert Anderson for a second opinion on his foot injury Tuesday.

Visits to Dr. Anderson don't typically turn out well. X-rays showed Thomas avoided a fractured foot, but a sprain could sideline him for a while, depending on the severity. Thomas is competing with Brandon Meriweather at strong safety.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 05:41:00 PM

X-rays confirmed Redskins rookie SS Phillip Thomas avoided a fracture in his left foot, and he is considered day to day.

Thomas actually hurt both his left foot and right shoulder in Washington's preseason opener. Neither injury is viewed as significant. "He’s a little sore right now," said coach Mike Shanahan. "Mid-foot. ... It’ll probably be a few days." Thomas is pushing SS Brandon Meriweather for a starting job.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 08:37:00 PM

Redskins rookie S Phillip Thomas suffered a mid-foot sprain in Thursday's preseason opener.

Thomas was spotted in a walking boot after the game. His season could in jeopardy if the "mid-foot" sprain ends up being of the Lisfranc variety. Thomas has been penciled in behind SS Brandon Meriweather, who can't stay healthy.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 10:07:00 AM

The Redskins are using fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas at strong safety in spring practices.

DBs coach Raheem Morris expects his safeties to all be interchangeable, but for now Thomas is penciled in behind SS Brandon Meriweather and fifth-round pick Bacarri Rambo is competing with DeJon Gomes among others at free safety. Morris considers Thomas a "natural box player" and better run defender than Rambo. The Redskins also envision Thomas as a superior blitzer.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:04:00 PM

Redskins agreed to terms with No. 119 overall pick S Phillip Thomas on a four-year contract.

A center-fielder with strong cover skills, Thomas picked off eight passes as a senior. He also forced four fumbles, earning first-team All-American honors in the process. The Washington Examiner believes it's "silly to think" Thomas — who has just 4.65 speed — could earn a starting job as a rookie, but he could vault ahead of veterans Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes with a strong camp. Fellow rookie Bacarri Rambo is also in the mix.
Fri, May 17, 2013 12:53:00 PM

The Washington Examiner says it would be "silly to think" that either one of Redskins rookie safeties Phillip Thomas or Bacarri Rambo will open the season as a starter.

Washington is set at strong safety with Brandon Meriweather, but the free safety spot is wide open. There's no denying that Thomas and Rambo have more talent than incumbent options Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes, but they both face a steep learning curve. Beat writer John Keim thinks Thomas is ahead of Rambo.
Thu, May 16, 2013 04:19:00 PM

The Redskins see No. 119 overall pick Phillip Thomas as a free safety.

Thomas led the nation with eight interceptions last season at Fresno State, and he also forced four fumbles. He's a true center-field cover safety. Coach Mike Shanahan said he thinks sixth-round S Bacarri Rambo can play strong safety, although Rambo acknowledged that he feels more comfortable at free safety. Thomas has a chance to start opposite SS Brandon Meriweather in Week 1.
Sat, May 4, 2013 02:15:00 PM

Redskins selected Fresno State S Phillip Thomas with the No. 119 overall pick.

Thomas (6-0, 208) earned unanimous first-team All-America honors as a senior after leading the nation with eight picks, returning three for touchdowns. He added four forced fumbles, establishing himself as a true takeaway specialist. Thomas ran a poor 4.65 40-yard dash at the Combine, but did 28 reps on the bench and turned in a 40.5-inch vertical. While Thomas is a true center-field cover safety, he whiffs as a tackler far too often and can be exposed in run support. He'll have to contribute on special teams before carving out a role on defense.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:12:00 PM

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