Well, thanks to a heads-up from FanHouse commenter Adam -- in addition to others -- it looks like Thomas has made his way to Redskins Park. And the only reason he missed the first few days of training was because he was at Michigan St. helping some of his former college teammates prepare for their pro day.
Not only that, Thomas, who scared off some scouts in the weeks leading up to last year's draft because of his questionable work ethic, says he's willing to put in the time to rebound from a forgettable 2008 season. Via the Washington Post's Jason La Canfora:
But the former Michigan State standout's work ethic was questioned at times last season, and his failure to show up for the start of offseason workouts last week raised another red flag.More importantly, Thomas says he understands what's expected of him heading into Year 2:
Thomas had been working out at Redskins Park prior to the official start of offseason workouts, according to team officials, and notified the team he would miss the start last week.
"It wasn't a [rookie] year I wanted, obviously, let alone what the whole team wanted," Thomas said. "But it's time for me to step up and do what I've got to do. So I'm working hard, getting ready for this offseason. Whether they would have brought some wide receivers in or not, I still have to bust my tail. It's nothing different."As I mentioned a few days ago, it's way too early to proclaim Thomas a bust because it generally takes two or three seasons for wide receivers to make the transition to the NFL. And given Thomas' comments above, maybe 2009 will be the year everything falls into place.
Oh, and if he goes missing in early April, he'll have a legit reason: the Spartans will be in playing in the Final Four in Detroit. By the way, the Motor City is the home of Jerome Bettis. You know, just in case you haven't been reminded of that fun fact in 15 minutes.