With the Patriots’ matchup with the New York Jets just days away, former Patriots‘ receiver, Demaryius Thomas was asked about his short stay with the Patriots. Thomas, who is now a member of the New York Jets, did hold back in his comments about his time in New England.
“It was insulting for sure (to be moved). Once I got cut, I could’ve just come her (to the Jets), and not stay there and re-sign. When they re-singed me, I was thinking I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. So it’s like, why did I waste my time? Because at the end of the day, it did feel like a waste of time to me.”
This was Thomas’s quote when asked about his release from the Patriots. It is unfortunate that Thomas’s time in New England did not end on better terms, but the Patriots were much more fruitful at the receiver position at that point in time. They had just signed Antonio Brown, they had their first overall pick in this year’s draft who was making strides towards earning a vital role in the offense, Edelman was coming off of a Super Bowl MVP year, and Josh Gordon had just earned his reinstatement to the league. Add that with the multitude of on-the-fence type players at receiver who were fighting to earn a roster spot on the team, and a 31 year-old Demaryius Thomas who was coming off of an achilles injury from last season is
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like the odd man out.
Since becoming a member of the Jets back in week 2, Thomas has nine receptions for 109 yards and has yet to find the end zone. It is fair to assume that his production has suffered as a result of the absence of Sam Darnold for three weeks, but if we’re calling a spade a spade, he has been a non-factor in an otherwise below-average offense. With these comments, we can assume that Thomas has had this game circled on his calendar, considering the first time the two teams played each other, the Jets were down to their third-string quarterback. With Darnold healthy, Thomas will likely be looking to have a breakout game with his new team.
The Patriots‘ defense has been stellar through six weeks, and intends to keep playing at a high level. If Thomas wants to have a big game against the team he felt disrespected him, he will need to find holes in New England’s secondary, a task that has yet to be accomplished this season.