In a move that makes Washington’s 2013 draft class look even worse than it already did, the Redskins announced on Wednesday that they are parting ways with safety Phillip Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick from that year.
The 26-year-old Fresno State product started the last four games of the 2014 season at strong safety, but was rather ineffective. Thomas wasn’t the most reliable tackler during his stint as starter, and didn’t look anywhere near like the ball hawk he was as a senior in college where he picked off eight passes and was a unanimous All-American defender.
He finished the year with 27 tackles and a fumble recovery in eight games. As a rookie, he missed the entire 2013 campaign with a Lisfranc injury.
Thomas joins Brandon Jenkins, Bacarri Rambo, and Jawan Jamison as 2013 draftees to already be cut by the team. The only players left from the class are Jordan Reed, David Amerson, and Chris Thompson -- not exactly a tremendous haul considering Reed and Thompson’s constant injury woes and Amerson’s inconsistency.
"It sucks to see anybody leave," Reed said following Wednesday's afternoon practice. "I got kind of close to Phil. Me and him worked out a lot together. I just wish him the best."
Thomas arguably got caught up in a numbers game, twice.
After the signing of Jeron Johnson, the acquisition of Dashon Goldson, and the return of Duke Ihenacho, Thomas had an uphill battle on his hands to make the team’s opening day roster. But as it turns out, he never even really got a chance to compete.
It’s not like Redskins fans needed another reason to be upset with Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen, but the fact that four out of seven draft picks orchestrated by them have already been cast away in just two-and-a-half years -- and the other three haven’t made much of a mark in the Burgundy and Gold -- certainly gives them one.
For a team desperate to become relevant again, having successful drafts is paramount. Unfortunately, the 2013 draft class continues to look like an utter failure, and will most likely add itself to the long line of collective swing-and-misses in April from the Redskins’ front office.
Breaking Burgundy's Ben Standig contributed to this story from Richmond.