Why J.T. Thomas will be a Top 20 LB in 2015

Let me just refresh your mind quickly on who James or J.T. Thomas is of the New York Giants.  He started off his NFL career as an UDFA (Un-Drafted Free Agent) with the Chicago Bears then got moved to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s entering his fifth season in the league and about to enter his first as a starter.  He just recently signed a 3-year, $10 million dollar contract in the off-season with the Giants and is being looked at as a 3-down player.

In 2014, Thomas tallied up 85 tackles (51 solo) 1 FR, 2 FF, 2 INT and 5 PD’s as he took over the starting job in from week seven on (10 games total) because the Jaguars had lost Poz to season ending injury. Of the 10 games he started, he’s only scored in single digits twice and averaged just about 12 points per game. He was a tackling machine.

The Giants signed him because during the game against the Jaguars in 2014, the coaching staff noticed Thomas when they looked back on film as he was everywhere, racking up 12 tackles against them. He also brings versatility to the defense (middle and weak side) as now the Giants can feel a bit more confident in their LB unit entering 2015. They’ll need Thomas to make plays (he loves to create turnovers), drop back into coverage and just be around the ball carrier. Thomas is ready to make an impact, ready to bring his sideline to sideline speed to the Giants and all those mental notes he took from Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs up in Chicago will only help him now as he strives for a breakout year.

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Heading into training camp, he may be penciled in as the starter at WLB right now, but he’ll have competition with Jonathan Casilla. It’ll be a fun battle during camp but at the end of the day, Thomas will lead the way as the Giants starting weakside LB. Jacquian Williams was the starting WLB last year and put up 78 total tackles in 9 games before suffering a season ending injury. Thomas is a more athletic LB than Williams and seeing that he put up 78 tackles in 9 games, imagine what Thomas could put up in 16? He should be able to top 115 total tackles; at least. Now, Williams didn’t contribute much in the turnover categories but expect Thomas to get his there whether he’s forcing fumbles or picking off passes.

IDP Forecast:  16 games played & started – 120 tackles / 3 sacks / 3 INT / 6 PD’s 

*and that my friends is why Thomas will be a Top 20 LB in 2015, buy him now while he’s so damn cheap!*


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