Last year the Washington Redskins drafted two wide recievers in the second round -- Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas. With the Redskins bringing in new Head Coach (and former NFL Quarterback) Jim Zorn, it looked like "Bombs Away" for the Washington offense. A lot of fantasy football owners (myself included) got carried away with the possibilities that Kelly and Thomas presented.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way --both Kelly and Thomas were fantasy-useless, which really isn't unusual for rookie WRs. Still, there was a lot of hype (rightly or wrongly) surrounding the two players and their performances were considered disappointments. There was talk that the Redskins were going to bring in a veteran WR this season, but according to the Washington Post's Redskins Insider blog, they still have faith in Kelly and Thomas.
On Thursday at Redskins Park, Thomas said he understood what was expected of him going into his second year.
"It wasn't a [rookie] year I wanted, obviously, let alone what the whole team wanted," Thomas said. "But it's time for me to step up and do what I've got to do. So I'm working hard, getting ready for this offseason. Whether they would have brought some wide receivers in or not, I still have to bust my tail. It's nothing different."
Thomas called his rookie season "a learning experience," and expressed optimism at the opportunity to work with quarterback Jason Campbell this spring.
With a year under their belts, Kelly and/or Thomas could become fantasy possibilities this season.
Of course, that depends heavily on the growth of QB Jason Campbell, who should be breaking out soon. Yup. Soon. Mmm-hmmm.... Should be aaaany day now.....