New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas recently opened up about his time in New England. The four time pro bowler and Super Bowl champion didn’t seem too pleased about his situation with the Patriots.
Thomas wasn’t even used once in the regular season by New England. It looked like Brady and Thomas may have been forming something in the preseason. But, it didn’t transition into the regular season.
Thomas signed a one year contract with the Patriots in August worth up to $6 million. A month later, he was traded within the division to the Jets for a sixth round pick.
In a candid discussion with the New York Daily News, Thomas had this to say about his time in Foxborough:
“It was insulting, for sure,” … “Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me.”
Thomas went on to say:
“They took a chance to bring me in and helped me get healthy,” … “I always knew I was going to be able to still play… and it would have worked out because I was still learning their offense. Josh McDaniels drafted me. So, I felt like I was cool. But even having conversations with him and couple other people, it was like, ‘You’re going to be okay.’ Two weeks later, AB gets cut… and then they kicked me (to the curb) and shipped me out like I’m just a rookie.”
Strong words to say about the organization, but does he have a point? The receiver position with the Patriots has been a question mark all year. And Tom Brady has certainly voiced his frustrations with the offense as of late.
Demaryius Thomas is a good sized receiver that Brady certainly could’ve used now. However; with the addition of Antonio Brown, someone had to go. Unfortunately for Thomas, that was him. But do the Patriots regret this move?
Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon are all banged up. Gronk is retired so the tight end position is a carousel. First round draft pick N’Keal Harry is on IR. Jakobi Meyers can barely get looks from Brady. And now Gunner Olzweski is trying to get involved.
Yet with all this turmoil on the offense, the Patriots are one of two undefeated teams left in the NFL. But Thomas could still be a huge factor in the Patriots offense. Brady prefers veteran guys over rookies and Thomas and Brady seemed to be clicking.
The Patriots will travel down to the Meadowlands to take on the Jets on Monday Night Football at 8pm on ESPN. It may be a breakout game for Thomas, or it could be a dud. Only one way to find out.
-Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)