Depending how you read some of the slightly vague statements made by Bruce Allen recently, the Redskins expected a lot out of Phillip Thomas in the 2013 season. Thomas, you may remember, was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft after an All-American senior season at Fresno State. A ballhawking safety, Thomas could have filled a void for the Redskins, only a Lisfranc injury prevented him from playing a single regular season snap.
In his recent comments, Allen hinted that maybe the Redskins would have used Thomas as a starting safety last season. Washington's defensive woes in 2013 are well documented, and a major contributor to the team's 3-13 record. Secondary play, and the safety position in particular, were big holes on the team. Losing Thomas was a blow, whether or not he was ready to play in a major role, he would at least have given the Skins another body in the defensive backfield.
When Thomas was last on the field in his final season at Fresno State, he registered more than 80 tackles and forced an astounding 12 turnovers. Not only did Thomas intercept eight passes, but he returned three of them for touchdowns. In college, Thomas proved to be a playmaker.
Last year is over, and what matters now for Thomas and the Redskins is 2014. If healthy, is Thomas capable of starting at free safety? Can the Redskins count on him? Is that why the team has been slow to spend big bucks in free agency on the secondary?
Let us know what you think in the comments.