Josh Thomas
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Thomas with the Carolina Panthers in 2012
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 31)
Cedar Hill, Texas
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 143
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2011)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* MAC Champion (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2015
Passes defensed:13
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Josh Thomas (born May 3, 1989) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round, 143rd overall of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University at Buffalo.

Early yearsEdit

Born in Cedar Hill, Texas, Thomas attended Cedar Hill High School before accepting a scholarship from the University at Buffalo. Thomas volunteered to play free safety because the team had a surplus of cornerbacks. He played well, recording 109 tackles and 3 interceptions, but did not attract the high-level recruiting attention that coach Joey McGuire thought he deserved. Then, Buffalo coach Turner Gill, of Fort Worth, Texas, convinced him to head north.

Thomas also starred in track & field at Cedar, where he competed in hurdles and relays. As a junior in 2006, he posted a personal-best time of 37.19 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the UIL T&F Championships. At the 2007 District Meet, he placed 3rd in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.47 seconds, 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 37.33 seconds and ran the second leg on the 4 × 400 m relay squad, helping Cedar win the event with a time of 3:14.81.[1]

College careerEdit

Thomas played for the Buffalo Bulls football team from 2007 to 2010. He appeared in 47 games, starting 34 of them. He amassed 205 tackles, two sacks, five forced fumbles (two recoveries), two interceptions and 27 passes defensed.

Thomas started four games as a true freshman and registered 45 tackles, 4 passes defensed and one interception.

As a sophomore, Thomas played in 12 games with eight starts. He finished second on the team with six passes defensed and recorded 57 tackles and three forced fumbles.

As a junior in 2009, Thomas had 10 starts, recorded 45 tackles and ranked second on the team with 9 passes defensed.

In his last year at Buffalo, Thomas was the team's top cornerback, mainly covering the opposing teams' top wide receiver; he posted 12 starts, 58 tackles, 8 passes defensed, one interception and 2 sacks.

Professional careerEdit


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 191 lb 4.43 s 1.59 s 2.53 s 4.15 s 6.89 s 40 in 10 ft 8 in 13 reps

At his Pro Day, Thomas (5-foot-10 5/8, 192 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, had a 40-inch vertical jump and a 10-8 broad jump, ran a 6.89 3-cone drill, and stood on his short shuttle time and bench-press repetitions.

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)Edit

Thomas was selected in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[2] Since 1969, Ed Ellis (125th pick in 1997) and Khalil Mack (5th pick in 2014) remain the only other Buffalo players selected sooner. He was waived on September 3.

Carolina PanthersEdit

On September 4, 2011, he was claimed off the waivers by the Carolina Panthers.[3] In 2012, he started the last 4 games, registered 24 tackles, 7 passes defensed (second on the team) and 7 special teams tackles.

In 2013, he played in 13 games (6 starts and 3 inactive) as part of a defensive unit that ranked second in the league in points allowed and total defense. He finished with 28 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 4 special teams tackles and one interception. He was released on August 30, 2014.[4]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On September 8, 2014, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks to replace Jeremy Lane who was placed on the injured reserve list.[5] He was cut on October 8, after playing in three games to make room for center Patrick Lewis.[6]

New York JetsEdit

Thomas signed with the New York Jets on October 13, 2014. He provided depth after the team placed cornerback Dee Milliner on the injured reserve list.[7] Thomas was released on December 16, days after his car was broken into and, by his estimate, nearly $12,000 worth of items were stolen.[8][9] According to Thomas, the Jets told him that part of the reason that he was released was because he did not "engage" enough with his teammates.[9]

Detroit LionsEdit

The day after his release from the Jets, Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on December 17, 2014. In his brief stint with the Lions, Thomas earned $75,882 while appearing in only one game and failing to record any statistics.[10]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

The Minnesota Vikings signed Thomas on July 24, 2015, following the news that cornerback Jabari Price would be suspended for two games to start the season.[11] He was released on September 5.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On September 22, 2015, he was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts. He was cut on December 8.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)Edit

On December 30, 2015, because of injuries to cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to play in the last game of the season against the Washington Redskins.

On August 29, 2016, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a left thumb injury he suffered in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.[12] On November 22, the Cowboys moved Thomas to the Non-Football Injury list.[13] He wasn't re-signed in 2017.


  1. "Results Elite Performances". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. "2011 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  3. Yasinskas, Pat. "Panthers clean up waiver wire". Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  4. "Panthers cut WR Tavarres King, OG Chris Scott, CB Josh Thomas to trim roster to 53 players". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. Condotta, Bob. "Seahawks sign cornerback Josh Thomas to 53-man roster". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  6. Condotta, Bob. "Seahawks sign center Patrick Lewis, waive CB Josh Thomas". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  7. Lange, Randy (October 13, 2014). "Brian Winters Joins Dee Milliner on IR". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  8. Cosentino, Dom (December 16, 2014). "Jets release cornerback Josh Thomas, whose playbook was stolen". Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rothstein, Josh (December 18, 2014). "Josh Thomas: Jets didn't engage". ESPN. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  10. Rothstein, Michael (March 4, 2015). "Meet the Detroit Lions free agents: CB Josh Thomas". ESPN. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  11. Vensel, Matt (July 24, 2015). "Vikings sign CB Josh Thomas". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  12. "DE Shaneil Jenkins, 2 Others Waived/Injured; CB Thomas To Injured Reserve". Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  13. "Cowboys' Josh Thomas: Moved to NFI list". RotoWire. CBS Sports. November 22, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.

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