Wide receiver/gunner Devin Thomas has come out of retirement to sign a reserves/futures deal with the Detroit Lions. He may get some work out of the slot, and would be an interesting pick to return kicks as the Lions seem like they will let RB Stefan Logan walk. The Lions have a new wide receivers coach in Tim Lappano. Replacing coach Shawn Jefferson – now at the same position with the Tennessee Titans – was a move that most did not anticipate. Jefferson was a position coach for a player who broke the NFL record for receiving yards, Calvin Johnson. Thomas retired in training camp with the Chicago Bears last August, and has played for the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins as well.
In four NFL seasons (55 games), Thomas has 43 catches for 482 yards and three touchdowns. As a kick returner, he averaged 24.1 yards with zero touchdowns and a long of 42 yards.
Devin is most famous as the special teams player who recovered two Kyle Williams fumbles to help the Giants win the 2011 NFC Championship Game. He returned at 24.3 yards a clip that season for head coach Tom Couglin.
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