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Arizona Cardinals Add WR Mike Thomas to Mix


Jul 26, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Thomas (80) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Just one day after being released by the Detroit Lions, the Arizona Cardinals have added Mike Thomas to their list of wide receivers trying to secure a spot on the opening day roster.  Thomas, out of the University of Arizona, is in his fifth season.  He was traded by the Jacksonville Jaguars last season to the Lions.  His time in Detroit was short.  Now it’s on to Arizona to fight for the fourth and fifth receiver slots.

It is an interesting move because it was thought the Cards had enough players in the mix to compete for those remaining slots.  However adding Thomas does add another veteran to the mix.  Also competing for those spots are Jaron Brown, Kerry Taylor, and Charles Hawkins.  Basically, if you can do math, that’s four players fighting for two slots.

Right now I’d give the edge to Brown and probably Thomas even though he’s only been here two days.  I say this because Brown has been more consistent over the first two preseason games than Taylor or Hawkins.  It’s close though.  As for Thomas, I really think the thought here is to get another veteran and experience at the position.

This doesn’t mean Thomas will just be given a spot.  However I don’t think the Cards would be interested in adding someone to the mix this late into training camp if they didn’t think he possessed the skills to make this team and also perform consistently.  It is still completely up for grabs though.