No general manager wants to release one of his draft picks. Especially when that draft pick received a contract extension just over a season ago. Following a terrible 2011 campaign and a poor start of training camp, Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas has put general manager Gene Smith in an unenviable position.
With the much needed upgrades the Jaguars made at wide receiver with Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans in free agency, along with Justin Blackmon in the first round of the draft, Mike Thomas' role has been greatly diminished. With his regression in camp, Thomas needs a solid preseason just to make the roster and he accomplished a great deal in the team's exhibition opener.
Mike Thomas caught four passes for 89 yards in the team's 32-31 come from behind victory over the Giants and likely reaffirmed his own roster spot.
"It's all about consistency," Thomas said after the game. "It's all about staying consistent as a team and making plays."
With Thomas receiving over $2 million in roster bonus money this spring, releasing him would be a bitter pill to swallow. If Thomas can continue to play well in preseason, the Jaguars won't have to take that medicine.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for SportsTalkFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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