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.
Quinton Dunbar had one heck of a day in New York on Sunday in the Redskins 29-27 win over the Giants.
Dunbar grabbed an interception and made a catch in the same game, something no Redskins player has done since Champ Bailey on Christmas Eve in 2000. That was the last days of Bill Clinton's presidency, and four years prior to the invention of Facebook.
Dunbar's impressive feat was not done in vain either. Both the catch and interception were huge plays for Washington, one bigger than the next, in a game that swung back and forth for four quarters.
In the third quarter, Dunbar lined up as the gunner as the Redskins went to punt. Only the Redskins faked the punt, and Tress Way fired a pass down the left sideline to Dunbar. It was no easy catch either; Dunbar had to jump for the ball and had a defender right on him.
Later, as the Giants were driving to extend their fourth quarter lead and deep in 'Skins territory, Dunbar made an excellent one-handed leaping interception. It was a very athletic play and gave Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense the ball on what would prove to be a scoring drive.
In 2015 Dunbar proved his versatility to be a real asset for the Redskins. A receiver in college at the University of Florida, Washington flipped Dunbar to the other side of the ball to be a cornerback. As the 'Skins took off in the second half of last season, Dunbar came to be a integral part of the teams secondary.
That same versatility showed Sunday in New York, and now it has Dunbar's name next to Champ Bailey in the Redskins history books.
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Hype doesn't even begin to describe the attention put on Sunday's matchup between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham. The pairing of star cornerback and star receiver overshadowed the Redskins-Giants game, even though Washington came in desperate for a win.
Beckham versus Norman didn't disappoint either. It's overly simplifying the chess match between the two to declare a victor, but one side definitely left Giants Stadium smiling.
Make no mistake, Beckham got his. He recorded seven catches on 11 targets for more than 100 yards. But it's what Beckham didn't do - score a touchdown - that stands out.
Norman's play was solid throughout. He almost snagged a first half interception of Eli Manning and delivered a big hit on rookie Sterling Shepard in the second half that resulted in a personal foul penalty.
In the end though, Norman's team won. And that's what matters.
"It's an awesome day. Straight awesome day," Norman said after the game.
As the players took the field before the game, the Giants Stadium crowd shouted a lot of ugly comments Norman's direction. Then throughout the game Norman was repeatedly booed by the crowd.
"Towards the end I was just celebrating with my teammates, victoriously, you can't ask for nothing better than that."
Much too much was made of the Beckham/Norman pairing, and perhaps for the next NFC East game between the 'Skins and Giants the focus will be different. But on Sunday, Norman and Beckham were the story.
"He made some plays and I made my plays," Norman said of Beckham.
"We got a team win. That's what it was – the Washington Redskins versus the New York Giants."
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