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Devin Thomas ready to be a WR again

New York Giants' Devin Thomas reaches for a

New York Giants' Devin Thomas reaches for a catch as Carolina Panthers' Robert McClain defends in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Devin Thomas made the Giants roster as a special teams player, and he’s very proud of his contributions in that area.

But he is a receiver, and it’s time he started reminding people of that.

With Domenik Hixon out and Mario Manningham still foggy from a concussion and possibly unable to play against the Eagles, Thomas could be one of the receivers called upon to pick up the slack at the position.

For a guy who hasn’t caught an NFL pass since Dec. 13, 2009, he’s welcoming that opportunity.

“It would be nice to get that stat sheet going again,” he said. “It’s been a while, a long time coming. It’ll be nice to make something happen.”

Thomas played for three teams last year but didn’t catch a pass for either the Redskins, Panthers or Giants. He did catch 10 passes for 105 yards this preseason, but in two regular season games this year he hasn’t caught one yet.

“I’m a receiver,” he said. “I want to make plays. I want to be out there as a receiver also. I’m not playing football just to be a special teams player. That’s my job though. And now is my opportunity to play receiver and I’m going to do my best, be ready for whenever my opportunity presents itself to make a play. This will probably be a chance for me to do something and give us a chance to be another option on our offense.”

Thomas said he expects he’ll be called upon.

“I’m in there a little bit,” he said. “I just have to step up and be reliable, be consistent out there. Bring what I bring to the table, get some first downs, get that YAC, and do what we have to do so we can move the chains and put some points on the board.”


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