Devin Thomas doesn't think underperforming sunk him in D.C.

In the world of Devin Thomas, his release from the Washington Redskins had nothing to do with his inability to be in shape, stay healthy and, you know, produce on the field.

Deep in the dog house of coach Mike Shanahan, and unable to be traded, the Redskins cut Thomas at the start of this week, ending a two-plus year stint with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2008 from Michigan State as the second wide receiver selected that year.

Thomas did not play on offense for Shanahan, and produced only 40 receptions for 443 yards with three touchdowns in his first two seasons playing under Jim Zorn. Yes, there is little question that Thomas was a serial underperformer in Washington.

He doesn’t think that did him in, though.

Thomas was in a music video with Fantasia in her song “Bittersweet” and also did some modeling. According to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette, Thomas said that Shanahan held it against him. Now, he’s dialed in on his career, his football career.

“I’m focusing on football,” Thomas said. “All that stuff can come later in life. I’m looking to just become a great receiver.”

The Carolina Panthers, who claimed Thomas off waivers, have wiped the slate clean for Thomas. It’s a situation where he needed a fresh start. Hopefully, he’s motivated to make it work now too.

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