From the Redskins perspective, the Devin Thomas era has been over for some time.From the wide receiver's point of view, his NFL career is now over as well.Thomas, the first of three receivers Washington drafted in the second round of the 2008, announced his retirement via Twitter on Sunday.http:twitter.comIamDevinThomasstatuses232143074132901888We all know the story: Along with Fred Davis and Malcolm Kelly, Thomas came to town with high expectations as the team sought upgrades for its lacking passing game. Instead, the decision to invest heavily in the young pass catchers all at once and so early in the draft became one of the comically defining moments of the past decade - and certainly of Vinny Cerrato's reign as the team's chief player personnel guru.Constant injuries kept Kelly, now a free agent, off the field. Davis has turned into an upside option at tight end and a prominent part of the Redskins' 2012 plan, but getting to this point has been at times exasperating and hardly stable.As for Thomas, he had40 receptions during his first two seasons with Washington, but none four games intothe 2010 campaign under the new Shanahan regime. Released, Thomas hooked up with the Giants, then the Panthers, then the Giants again. He primarily turned into a returner and after his boot from the Redskins, caughtonly three more passes.We could go on and on about why Thomas flamed out or how the decisions made during that draft symbolized much of the overreaction and unfortunate planning from this organization. But why bother. Been that, done that. Besides, the Devin Thomas era in Washington ended a while ago. As the now ex-NFL receiver is apparently attempting in his own world, it's time to move on.
Redskins safety Su'a Cravens might have thought an interception in Friday's practice would earn him good will for his rookie skit later that night. Boy, was he wrong.
In a delightful tale relayed by ESPN's John Keim, Cravens was literally pelted with paper balls and booed off the stage as he attempted to perform "Confessions" by Usher.
“Everyone likes Usher. I’m thinking this is easy money,” Cravens said.
“The first two acts in front of me, they sung. Everyone let them go. I’m like, ‘OK, it’s going to be a smooth transition.’ Soon as I start it’s like, ‘Booooo!’… I started and I’m getting paper balls, boos and, ‘Stone him!’”
Stone him? What is this, ancient Greece?
When asked what happened, Cravens pointed the finger at linebacker Will Compton. “Will had it out for me,” he told Keim. “He told everyone to boo me before I even started.”
Defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois didn't deny Compton was behind it.
“All you see is paper balls flying across from everywhere. [Cravens is] trying to get it off. He wanted to use his music and he had strobe lights," Jean-Francois said.
"Even people that did get a song off, all you saw is flying paper balls left and right. [Compton] was setting him up for failure. We wanted him to go up there to see how it feels.”
Is this sour grapes by veterans who don't appreciate a rookie showing off at camp?
Or do people genuinely not like Usher anymore? Yeah, nah. Usher is the best.
Chris Baker always seems to be the guy photobombing his teammates. This time, they exacted revenge.
As Baker sat down with Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay, a parade of Redskins clowned in the background. The best was Niles Paul, who battered Swaggy with what look like foam bats used in ball security drills.
Is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fat? That's the question of the day on the NFL Internet.
It all started with this photo of the 36-year-old jogging onto the field at the start of training camp.
At first glance, yes, Romo does look quite porcine. The 6-foot-2 veteran has been listed at 230 pounds, significantly slimmer than this image would suggest.
Could missing the second half of last season with a fractured collar bone have kept him from staying in shape? Twitter, of course, had jokes.
Tony Romo done ate Tony Romo pic.twitter.com/T7oti51llp— Vlad (@slightwork352) July 30, 2016
Tony Romo better at finishing his 4th quarter pounder than 4th quarters.— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) July 30, 2016
Blue 42 .. Blue 42.. Pizza Hut! Hut! pic.twitter.com/dNEwd7cG7T— Jenn Sterger (@jennifersterger) July 30, 2016
Laughs aside, it's hard to determine from a single image whether someone has gained weight. Any number of factors can make a person look fat. Angle, lighting, the way clothes hang, etc.
In this case, it seems some confluence of those forces created a misleading shot. Here's another from that same moment.
For all of you freaking out... here you go. Much better angle here pic.twitter.com/MmHzpsMPV9— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) July 30, 2016
Yeah, not so fat here.
Cowboys alum Michael Irvin also insisted that he'd seen Romo recently and he looked "fine."
Just talked to @michaelirvin88 about the Tony Romo "fat" pic. Michael: "I just had lunch with him last Tuesday. Tony looks fine."— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 30, 2016
The verdict of our investigation: unflattering photo, nothing to see here. Let's all go back to picking at Eddie Lacy, shall we?