NFL analysts are excited about the performance New Patriot Jordan Thomas brings on the field. In fact, he is the healthy tight end head coach Bill Belichick needed at the moment. Ryan Izzo was the only active tight end in the past three weeks. He recorded three catches for 44 yeards during that period.
New England claimed Thomas off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Nov. 9. However, he couldn’t join his new team in the games against the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. The NFL has specific protocols regarding newly added players and coronavirus pandemic. This includes testing and quarantine.
The Patriots met Thomas through WebEx last week. He showed up at Gillette Stadium Saturday and took practiced with his new teammates this week. According to initial reports, Thomas also showed up for practice on Friday morning.
“He’s worked hard here,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “You know, we were able to meet with him virtually and start to get caught up with some of the terminology and so forth but it’s been good to work with him on the field. We’ll just keep taking it day by day, see where that takes us, but he’s engaged, he’s all in, he wants to do well and we’re trying to catch him up as quickly as we can.”
New Patriot Jordan Thomas provides is a healthy option for the team
Thomas measures at 6-foot-5, 277 pounds with 34 1/8-inch arms and an 82 3/8-inch wingspan. The tight end ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash at his pro day in 2018. Stats show that he had 22 career receptions for 226 yards with five touchdowns in 25 career games.
New England has rookie tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene on injured reserve. Asiasi can return next week, and Keene won’t play until December. Practice squad tight end Jake Burt was removed from IR, but didn’t practice Thursday.
The Houston Texans selected Thomas in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. If he plays Sunday, he will play his first game as a Patriot against the team that selected him.
New England has a good chance to win the game against the Texans. This win will help the organization reach .500. A promising development, right?