Thoughts on DT!Is # 85 still the player he was?
When I saw Dave Thomas on the field playing FB and TE and easing from one position to another without missing a beat nor seemingly out of position for either position, catching the ball and turning it up field with confidence and assurance, blocking with great technique, taking on some powerful ends in The League yet keeping our QB safe and just "knowing" what to do and how to do it, I was thoroughly impressed and to hear him speak about the game or hear him interviewed along with Drew, they just seem to "GET" what other players "wish" they could understand.
So, after having a couple of really fine seasons but then getting hurt and then the concussions, is it even "safe" to have him back out on the field? Not only for himself, but to handle his duties pass protecting, lead blocking or just staying safe out there. I like the guy so much and have seen him contribute so much for The SAINTS over his career here, I wonder just how healthy he is and how wise it is to expose him to further severe contact?
Some here may not even recall just how really great he played for us way back in the Billy Miller days but then that's their loss because David Thomas, #85 and solid Stud/Beast/Dude @ TE or FB was a hard working player who could read Drew's mind and could be counted on at whatever situation we were in until those concussions started popping up. With the depth we seem to have at TE do we risk a good player's health further or is he back to his old self and can play safely without any hinderance from his prior injuries? I'm hoping he's 100% and ready to ROCK because other teams will be so focused on #80, JG. No One will recall just how effective #85 can be and how his example for Jimmy will turn out to be!
Has anyone noticed just how effective Thomas has been or how he has been used thus far? I haven't even heard a word from anyone on how he's doing or even mentioning his name for any reason, yet, there he is, on the 90-man! I'm pulling for David Thomas to be back and as clean and head's up of a player as he ever has been because he'll not only give opponent's fits but he'll be one heck of an example for Jimmy Graham to model himself after!
Any thoughts or know anything about this situation?