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News: ESPND:Patriots guard Donald Thomas on Cowboys

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by Mr Cowboy, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. Mr Cowboy

    Mr Cowboy Well-Known Member

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  2. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    So is this speculation or did they hear this from someone?
  3. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutans make great bass players Staff Member

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    Doesn't source but I like the fact they're looking around. I just hope they're looking in the right direction.
  4. Maxmadden

    Maxmadden Active Member

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    Sounds like spaghetti to me.
  5. bkight13

    bkight13 Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I don't think they are going to spring for Levitre or Vasquez, so a guy like Brown could be a good fit. The Pats thought of keeping Thomas before re-signing Mankins, so the guy can play.
  6. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    For those who are curious, Donald Thomas is a 6-4, 305-lb. 5-year vet from Connecticut.
  7. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    He played very well for them when Mankins was out. They would keep him if they weren't already stacked with guards.
  8. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to imagine the Boys being stacked with good guards, sadly I cannot.
  9. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    This is interesting to hear. (I trust your opinion more than I do 'Field Yates's,' IR). It'd freak people out, but I'd be ok with another unknown OG signing if our scouts really thought the guy was a good fit for a starting job here. The same goes at any position, obviously. At the very least, it'd give us more flexibility going into the draft if we added another starting-capable guard. It'd make looking at OT earlier an option, too.
  10. BHendri5

    BHendri5 Well-Known Member

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    At least they are looking, but I still do not like that they are always looking for the cheap, or trying to find a diamond, just pay the money for the FA starters and incoming Starters from the draft.
  11. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    I've been following him since he was drafted, because I was eyeballing the Dolphins under Ireland/Parcells/Sparano. He really opened eyes for them right away and looked to be a late round steal as a 6th round rookie, even though he was very raw. He was supposedly one of the strongest guys in their weight room Day 1. Everyone raved about how naturally strong he was. He started Week 1 as a rookie, and reportedly graded out the as the best Dolphins OL in that game (even better than Jake Long). He also suffered a lisfranc injury in that game. He was put on IR the rest of the year.

    The next year he started for them at RG and fairly played well, though not spectacular, which is understandable considering it was basically his rookie year and he was coming off a major injury. He hit a bit of a wall and his play significantly dropped by the end of the year, probably from an undisclosed injury (the Parcells way).

    But Ireland/Sparano just weren't satisfied with pretty good and they didn't want to wait around for him to develop anymore. They had it in their minds they had to have the bestest offensive line that ever offensive lined and "win games in the trenches, where Championships are won" and blah blah blah stale bromides, etc. They spent a metric ton of resources on the OL between Jake Long, Justin Smiley, Jake Grove, resigning Vernon Carey, Ritchie Incognito, John Jerry, etc. When the Dolphins released Thomas, after he had started for him the previous year, they claimed they didn't think he could hold up physically, but I think he just got washed away with the churn and Ireland's impatience with wanting to have the most dominant OL in the NFL at all costs (sounds familiar). They also had just spent a 3rd round pick on John Jerry and probably wanted to clear the way for him to start at RG.

    So he bounced around on waivers for a year. Given the Parcells and AFC East ties, it wasn't a huge surprise that eventually found his way to Belichick. He's played very well for them when he filled in for Mankins the last 2 years. But the Patriots have Mankins and Connolly and Marcus Cannon looks too slow to play tackle and will probably have to be moved inside. PFF claims he was even more consistent than Mankins this year, but it was probably a short sample size. They also list him as the 4th best free agent G, ahead of Vasquez because he's a much better run blocker.
  12. brickman

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    He's a guard and he's breathing. Sign him!
  13. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    I'll also add I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots made a strong push to resign him with their new cap room. Mankins and Vollmer are always injured, and they might decide that he's just better than Connolly.

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