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Scouting Report: New LB Thomas Adds Quality Depth, Special Teams Skill

Name: Joe Thomas 
Position: Linebacker
College: South Carolina State
Height: 6-1
Weight: 227
Draft:Signed undrafted with Green Bay in 2014

Games Studied:2017 vs. Denver, Carolina; 2016 vs. Minnesota

  • Interestingly, Thomas was on the Cowboys' practice squad during the 2015 season.
  • Nice short area quickness. Can cover some ground when he's on the move.
  • Plays with a burst, which helps him with his range. Can change directions quickly in order to get back to the ball.
  • He tackles well in space. There were plenty snaps where he was one-on-one with the ball carrier and was able to bring him down.
  • Plays with good upper body strength. Uses his hands to disengage from blocks. You don't see him get caught up on blockers.
  • His contact balance is where it needs to be. You don't see him getting washed or knocked around.
  • Plays with the ability to strike/explode. If he gets a clean shot, he's going to take it.
  • Majority of his coverage stuff is underneath. He drops in zone and reacts. I only saw one time where I thought he was in poor shape taking a back in the red zone.
  • Has the athletic ability to carry his man up the field.
  • Lines up on the majority of special teams. He's the R5 on the kick off team, the center on kick off return, wing on the punt team and a blocker on the punt return team. His athletic ability helps him in all of these areas.
  • This is a depth player that helps you as a core special teamer. Could make spots starts if needed but ideally a quality backup.
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