Adam Gase has kept himself busy as the Jets’ interim GM.
On Tuesday, Gase signed one of his former wideouts in veteran WR Deonte Thompson, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, to help bolster the Jets’ wide receiver room. Thompson brings a winning pedigree with an outside shot at making the Jets roster.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Deonte Thompson said on Wednesday that the team’s receiving corps is looking to exceed expectations after the release of Dez Bryant.
According to Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News, Thompson said: “I’m excited to be in a group of guys who are hungry and want to prove the world wrong. I don’t really have too much social media stuff, so I barely hear it, but we know what they say. But we’ll be having this discussion in November, and it will be totally different.”
Thompson is part of a revamped wideout group for the Cowboys that will look significantly different in 2018 with Bryant out of the fold.
Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Noah Brown are the holdover receivers in Dallas. Williams was arrested for public intoxication last week and is recovering from surgery on his broken right foot.
Aside from that trio, the Cowboys signed Thompson and Allen Hurns, traded for Tavon Austin (who is listed as a running back on the team’s depth chart) and drafted both Michael Gallup (third round) and Cedrick Wilson (sixth round).
None of the pass-catchers on Dallas’ roster have ever been a true No. 1 at the NFL level, but there is strength in numbers.
Hurns is no stranger to success, as he registered 64 receptions for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015.
Thompson has had something of a nomadic career featuring stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears.
The 29-year-old veteran enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017 with 38 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns split between the Bears and Bills.
While there are major question marks among Dallas’ wide receivers, quarterback Dak Prescott will likely be forced to lean even more heavily on his wideouts in 2018 following the retirement of tight end Jason Witten (63 receptions, 560 yards, five touchdowns).
The Jets and interim general manager Adam Gase are at it again.
New York has signed veteran wide receiver Deonte Thompson, the team announced Tuesday. Thompson’s agents, DEC Management, had revealed the deal on social media earlier in the day. Terms were not disclosed.
Thompson’s signing comes after Gase completed his first deal as interim GM last week by sending linebacker Darron Lee to the Chiefs in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick.
Thompson, 30, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens in 2012. He has since had three stints with the Bills and also spent time with the Bears and Cowboys.
He totaled 17 catches for 161 yards in 13 games for the Cowboys and Bills in 2018.
Should he survive the cut, Thompson will compete for a spot behind Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder on New York’s depth chart.
Quann Shears is a Steelers fan, but he wasn’t going to pass up the chance to meet pro football players.
Even if they were from the Baltimore Ravens.
Quann left Monday night’s youth football clinic at Fort George G. Meade with defense tackle Brandon Williams’ hat — something he had to concede was “pretty cool.”
The 12-year-old was of 150 children from military families to take part.
Ravens players Kamar Aiken, Will Hill, Jeromy Miles (who attended the Naval Academy for one year), Steve Smith, Deonte Thompson and Williams provided pointers on football fundamentals, as well as the importance of physical activity.
FRISCO — The Cowboys’ plan all along was to keep veteran Deonte Thompson as their sixth receiver on the roster, but they had to be calculated in their approach.
The Cowboys initially released Thompson on Saturday as part of their final cuts and kept injured second-year receiver Noah Brown, who missed the preseason with a strained hamstring. On Monday, the Cowboys placed Brown on the injured reserve list and re-signed Thompson.
The reason the Cowboys kept Brown initially on the 53-man roster instead of Thompson came down to waivers. If the Cowboys would have released Brown, he would have been exposed to waivers and any team could have claimed him. Thompson is a vested veteran and doesn’t go through the waivers process, therefore he was free to sign with any team.
However, the Cowboys talked to Thompson before the release and told him they planned to re-sign him so he didn’t look for another team, knowing it would come soon with Brown being moved to injured reserve.
Thompson battled a strained groin throughout training camp but over the last week of practices looked healthy and ready to contribute. The Cowboys value him as a deep threat because of his speed and he’ll likely be the club’s primary kickoff returner.
Here are five things to know about new Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson.
Deonte Thompson was born on February 14, 1989 in Belle Glades, FL. Thompson attended Glades Central High School followed by the University of Florida. The 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver is a six-year NFL veteran and has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears.
Thompson has the rare distinction of winning a championship in college and the NFL.
He was a member of the 2008 Florida Gators squad that won the BCS National Championship under head coach Urban Meyer. Thompson finished his Florida career with 1,446 yards and He was later part of the Baltimore Ravens team that beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
Thompson may only play football now, but he used to be a track and field star as well. He ran track in high school and was a member of the Gators’ track and field squad in 2008, according to Florida’s official website. Thompson’s track and field prowess clearly helped him as a wide receiver — he ran a 4.30 40-yard dash before the 2012 NFL draft when he went undrafted.
Thompson spoke more about his track and field experience in the video below for the Baltimore Ravens.
Thompson might not be a major weapon in the Cowboys’ passing game — his best season as a receiver came last year when he caught 38 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears and Bills.
But Thompson may provide the Cowboys with a boost in their special teams unit. Thompson doesn’t have any kick or punt return touchdowns, but has accumulated a total of 3,059 all-purpose yards in his career. Look for him to immediately contribute in the Cowboys’ return-game. This missed field goal during the preseason is a good example…
The Cowboys have seen Thompson’s big-play ability firsthand. Thompson returned a kick at AT&T Stadium 108 yards for a touchdown against Dallas in a 2013 preseason game. Perhaps Cowboys fans will see more of that in 2018.