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Josh Thomas (cornerback)

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Josh Thomas born May 3, 1989 is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round, 143rd overall of the 2011 NFL Draft He played college football at the University at Buffalo


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 Pre-draft
    • 32 Dallas Cowboys first stint
    • 33 Carolina Panthers
    • 34 Seattle Seahawks
    • 35 New York Jets
    • 36 Detroit Lions
    • 37 Minnesota Vikings
    • 38 Indianapolis Colts
    • 39 Dallas Cowboys second stint
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early years

Born in Cedar Hill, Texas, Thomas attended Cedar Hill High School before accepting a scholarship from the University at Buffalo Thomas volunteered to play free safety because the team had a surplus of cornerbacks He played well, recording 109 tackles and 3 interceptions, but did not attract the high-level recruiting attention that coach Joey McGuire thought he deserved Then, Buffalo coach Turner Gill, of Fort Worth, Texas, convinced him to head north

Thomas also starred in track & field at Cedar, where he competed in hurdles and relays As a junior in 2006, he posted a personal-best time of 3719 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the UIL T&F Championships At the 2007 District Meet, he placed 3rd in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 1447 seconds, 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 3733 seconds and ran the second leg on the 4 × 400 m relay squad, helping Cedar win the event with a time of 3:1481

College career

Thomas played for the Buffalo Bulls football team from 2007 to 2010 He appeared in 47 games, starting 34 of them He amassed 205 tackles, two sacks, five forced fumbles two recoveries, two interceptions and 27 passes defensed

Thomas started four games as a true freshman and registered 45 tackles, 4 passes defensed and one interception

As a sophomore, Thomas played in 12 games with eight starts He finished second on the team with six passes defensed and recorded 57 tackles and three forced fumbles

As a junior in 2009, Thomas had 10 starts, recorded 45 tackles and ranked second on the team with 9 passes defensed

In his last year at Buffalo, Thomas was the team's top cornerback, mainly covering the opposing teams' top wide receiver; he posted 12 starts, 58 tackles, 8 passes defensed, one interception and 2 sacks

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
178 m
191 lb
87 kg
443 s 159 s 253 s 415 s 689 s 40 in
102 m
10 ft 8 in
325 m
13 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day

At his Pro Day, Thomas 5-foot-10 5/8, 192 pounds ran the 40-yard dash in 443 seconds, had a 40-inch vertical jump and a 10-8 broad jump, ran a 689 3-cone drill, and stood on his short shuttle time and bench-press repetitions

Dallas Cowboys first stint

Thomas was selected in the fifth round 143rd overall of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys Since 1969, Ed Ellis 125th pick in 1997 and Khalil Mack 5th pick in 2014 remain the only other Buffalo players selected sooner He was waived on September 3

Carolina Panthers

On September 4, 2011, he was claimed off the waivers by the Carolina Panthers In 2012, he started the last 4 games, registered 24 tackles, 7 passes defensed second on the team and 7 special teams tackles

In 2013, he played in 13 games 6 starts and 3 inactive as part of a defensive unit that ranked second in the league in points allowed and total defense He finished with 28 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 4 special teams tackles and one interception He was released on August 30, 2014

Seattle Seahawks

On September 8, 2014, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks to replace Jeremy Lane who was placed on the injured reserve list He was cut on October 8, after playing in three games to make room for center Patrick Lewis

New York Jets

Thomas signed with the New York Jets on October 13, 2014 He provided depth after the team placed cornerback Dee Milliner on the injured reserve list Thomas was released on December 16, days after his car was broken into and, by his estimate, nearly $12,000 worth of items were stolen According to Thomas, the Jets told him that part of the reason that he was released was because he did not "engage" enough with his teammates

Detroit Lions

The day after his release from the Jets, Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on December 17, 2014 In his brief stint with the Lions, Thomas earned $75,882 while appearing in only one game and failing to record any statistics

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings signed Thomas on July 24, 2015, following the news that cornerback Jabari Price would be suspended for two games to start the season He was released on September 5

Indianapolis Colts

On September 22, 2015, he was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts He was cut on December 8

Dallas Cowboys second stint

On December 30, 2015, because of injuries to cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to play in the last game of the season against the Washington Redskins

On August 29, 2016, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a left thumb injury he suffered in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks On November 22, the Cowboys moved Thomas to the Non-Football Injury list He wasn't re-signed in 2017


  1. ^ "Results Elite Performances" Retrieved February 19, 2016 
  2. ^ "NFL Draft Profile" Retrieved February 19, 2016 
  3. ^ Yasinskas, Pat "Panthers clean up waiver wire" ESPNcom Retrieved 13 October 2014 
  4. ^ "Panthers cut WR Tavarres King, OG Chris Scott, CB Josh Thomas to trim roster to 53 players" Retrieved February 19, 2016 
  5. ^ Condotta, Bob "Seahawks sign cornerback Josh Thomas to 53-man roster" Seattle Times Retrieved 13 October 2015 
  6. ^ Condotta, Bob "Seahawks sign center Patrick Lewis, waive CB Josh Thomas" Seattle Times Retrieved 13 October 2015 
  7. ^ Lange, Randy October 13, 2014 "Brian Winters Joins Dee Milliner on IR" New York Jets Archived from the original on October 14, 2014 Retrieved October 13, 2014 
  8. ^ Cosentino, Dom December 16, 2014 "Jets release cornerback Josh Thomas, whose playbook was stolen" NJcom Archived from the original on December 28, 2014 Retrieved December 17, 2014 
  9. ^ a b Rothstein, Josh December 18, 2014 "Josh Thomas: Jets didn't engage" ESPN Retrieved 27 July 2015 
  10. ^ Rothstein, Michael March 4, 2015 "Meet the Detroit Lions free agents: CB Josh Thomas" ESPN Retrieved 27 July 2015 
  11. ^ Vensel, Matt July 24, 2015 "Vikings sign CB Josh Thomas" Star Tribune Retrieved 27 July 2015 
  12. ^ "DE Shaneil Jenkins, 2 Others Waived/Injured; CB Thomas To Injured Reserve" Retrieved September 3, 2016 
  13. ^ "Cowboys' Josh Thomas: Moved to NFI list" CBS Sports RotoWire November 22, 2016 Retrieved 20 December 2016 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFLcom  ESPN  Pro-Football-Reference

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