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.
Kendall Fuller could be held out until training camp later this summer as he recovers from a knee injury that cut short his junior season, Jay Gruden said.
The Redskins selected the Virginia Tech cornerback in the third round (84th overall) on Friday night.
“We feel good about his progression from his injury,” Gruden said at Redskins Park. “We think he’s going to miss rookie minicamp [next month], but there’s a chance he could be back for the OTAs [in late May]."
Gruden added: “Worst-case scenario, we think he’ll be back for training camp [in late July].”
Fuller suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee last preseason. He attempted to play through the injury for three games before opting for surgery. As it turned out, though, he injury required a season-ending microfracture procedure.
The operation was performed by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is also a senior medical consultant to the Redskins.
Asked if the relationship with Andrews helped the team make its decision on Fuller, Gruden downplayed the connection.
“I think every team has that information on the kid, and we felt good about his recovery,” Gruden said. “We really do. We know he’s a hard worker. We know where he is in his rehab. We’ll get him down here and help him along the way. But he’s a hard worker and he’s going to get himself ready to go.”
Gruden added: “He was too talented of a player to pass up. He can play nickel, obviously, which is a big hope for him. He can play outside. He’s got great natural football instincts at the nickel or corner position. Obviously you got great bloodlines, and I think it’s a great pick."
After the Redskins signed Josh Norman, Scot McCloughan told everyone that he would not hesitate to draft another cornerback this week.
Nobody really believed him. But he made believers out of everybody in the third round tonight when he took Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller.
He immediately jumps into a cornerback depth chart that has gone from shaky to strong in the last week. Norman and Bashaud Breeland will be the starters. Fuller could come in for nickel situations. Chris Culliver is still on the mend from a knee injury he suffered last November and his status for training cap is very much up in the air. Second-year player Quinton Dunbar will work
Spinning it forward to 2017, Fuller should be able to fit in with Breeland and Norman to form a formidable starting group of cornerbacks.
Many had Fuller rated as a first-round talent before he suffered a knee injury last season. Even after that, some thought he might be talented enough to be worth a late second- or early third-round pick. Fuller is a solid value as a late third-round pick.
Scot McCloughan continued to bolster the Redskins' secondary late Friday, selecting cornerback Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech in the third round.
Fuller, who is listed at 5 foot 11, 187-pounds, recorded eight interceptions for the Hokies during his first two seasons in Blacksburg, Va. A knee injury, however, cut short his 2015 season, limiting him to three games as junior.
He'll become the fourth Fuller brother to play in the NFL, joining Corey, Kyle and Vincent. He's also joins fellow Hokies DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett in Washington's secondary.
More important, though, Fuller becomes the second significant addition to the Redskins' remodeled defensive backfield, joining All-Pro corner Josh Norman, who was signed to a five-year, $75 million contract a week ago today.
Before attending Virginia Tech, Fuller also played at Good Counsel High in Olney, Md.