Thomas in 2009.
|Date of birth:June 7, 1979|
|Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama|
|High School: Adamsville (AL) Minor|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22|
|Debuted in 2002 for the New York Jets|
|* New York Jets ( 2002– 2012)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
Bryan Thomas (born June 7, 1979) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jets 22nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
2002 NFL DraftEdit
The 6'4" Thomas had an impressive combine performance that elevated him from a mid-second round pick to the first round.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 4½ in||266 lb||4.47 s||4.01 s||35 in||33 rep|
New York JetsEdit
Thomas played his entire career as a defensive end until being converted to a linebacker in the 3-4 defense for the Jets during the 2006 NFL season. Thomas became a defensive end when Mangini used a 4-3 defense.
Thomas led the New York Jets in sacks with 8.5 sacks. This was his breakout season playing as an outside linebacker with new head coach Eric Mangini. At the end of the 2006 season, Thomas was awarded a new contract. In 2007, Thomas reverted to the disappointing play that had previously been the hallmark of his career. This raised concerns that Thomas was a "one year wonder" or a "contract year" player. In particular, comments made by Thomas during the 2007 season where he said he had not thought it necessary to "continue to work to improve" left many Jets fans extremely concerned.
Thomas suffered a torn Achilles tendon on October 2, 2011.
- ↑ Battista, Judy (April 21, 2002). "Jets Hold Off on Cornerback And Opt for a Defensive End". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/sports/pro-football-jets-hold-off-on-cornerback-and-opt-for-a-defensive-end.html.
- ↑ "Bryan Thomas profile". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2002/draft/players/99598.html. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
- ↑ Orr, Conor (22 September 2012). "Jets release veteran OLB Bryan Thomas". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6AsHOF732. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- ↑ Orr, Conor (24 September 2012). "Bryan Thomas, re-signed by Jets, said he was upset after being cut". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6AvtRl5qL. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
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