• Acquired via trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars on 11/1/2012.
• Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round (107th) overall of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Acquired by the Lions via a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fourth-year WR who led the Jaguars in receptions in each of the last two seasons and also sees action as a return specialist. Career totals include 176 receptions for 1,796 yards (10.2 avg.) and seven TDs, along with 67 punt returns for 8.4-yard average and one TD, 26 kickoff returns for 24.8-yard average, and 27 rushes for 211 yards (7.8).
• Has posted five or more receptions in 13 career games.
• One of only three players in Jaguars history to make 66 or more receptions in a season (66, 2010, joining Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell.
• Set a franchise record in Jacksonville for a rookie with 48 receptions and his 453 receiving yards were the most by a rookie WR in team history.
2012: Caught five passes for 28 yards and one touchdown and carried the ball six times for 58 yards in his first season as a Lion.
• Recovered an onside kick in his first action as a Lion in the team’s 31-14 win over the Jaguars in Week 9 (11/4).
• Caught two passes for 17 yards and his first touchdown as a Lion in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
• Carried the ball twice on two reverse plays for 25 yards in Week 14 at Green Bay (12/9).
• Carried the ball once for five yards in Week 15 at Arizona (12/16).
• Caught one pass for five yards and carried the ball once for eight yards in Week 16 vs. Atlanta (12/22).
• Had one reception for seven yards in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30)
2011: Started a career-high 13 games with Jacksonville and led the team with 44 receptions, marking the second straight season he led the team in catches. Also ranked second on the team with 415 receiving yards with one touchdown, and returned 19 punts for a 4.6-yard average with a long of 28 yards.
• Tied his career-high with eight receptions for 55 yards in the season opener, including a 26-yard catch in the fourth quarter vs. Tennessee (9/11).
• Posted a team-high four receptions for 55 yards at Carolina (9/25).
• Recorded a team-high four receptions for 73 yards vs. NO (10/2, including a 47-yard catch that was the second longest of his career.
• Finished the season with three receptions for 26 yards vs. Tennessee (12/24).
Four-year starter at Arizona, playing in 48 games with 39 starts. Career totals included 259 receptions for 3,231 yards (12.5 avg.) and 23 TDs.
• Set school and PAC-10 record in receptions, topping the previous mark of 258 by Arizona State’s Derek Hagan (2002-05).
• Ranked third in school history with 23 career TDs and fourth with 4,891 all-purpose yards.
• Caught at least one pass in 47 of 48 games played.
• Named PAC-10 Freshman of the Year his first season.
• Majored in communications.
Three-sport standout at DeSoto High School (Tx.). Earned 2004 All-District 7-5A honors as both receiver and return specialist.
• Had 333 rushing yards on 26 carries as a senior and 15 receptions for 205 yards in a run-oriented offense.
• Competed in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl at San Antonio, a game that featured the top 78 national players.
• Supported and attended team sponsored events including Jaguars Sponsor’s Gold Tournament and Draft Day Fan Fest.
• Participated both financially and in person by taking 60 area children on Christmas shopping spree at Toys’R-Us.
• Born in Bossier, La.
• Returned to Arizona in 2011 to continue working toward his degree.
Thomas is confident he'll be back to the form in 2013 that saw him catch 158 passes for 1,688 yards in his first three seasons with Jacksonville
Thomas is eager to get to the offseason training program and OTA’s, when he says the real learning begins.
The first order of business for Thomas is to get up to speed with the scheme and the terminology, after that, the Lions will decide how to use him.