The physicality of playing tight end may present Thomas with a few more challenges than a guy like Pryor had moving to wide receiver, but Thomas will be fine long as the Bills put him in positions to succeed.
He may not be quite as athletic as Pryor — hell, who is? — but Thomas’ combine numbers were still pretty impressive. He ran a 4.61, had a vertical leap of 35.5 inches, and a short shuttle of 4.16 seconds. He did those things at the combine at 248 pounds and now he is listed at just two pounds heavier, so I don’t imagine he lost much if any of that athleticism with his change in position. So just off his combination of size and athleticism alone, it’s very plausible that Thomas could develop into a legit match-up problem in the passing game. All that is left to find out is if he can catch.
Tyrone Crawford is a guy who I thought would provide some good pressure from the 3-technique position, but that hasn’t really happened. He actually looked much better when he was out at left defensive end. Demarcus Lawrence has a lot of ability, but he had only one sack last season even though he started nine games.
The guy who actually led the Cowboys in sacks last year, defensive end Benson Mayowa, isn’t really getting much attention right now. Dallas selected Taco Charlton in the first round to play defensive end, which may be overshadowing Mayowa. The Cowboys also have the recently suspended David Irving, who usually balls when he gets opportunities at defensive end, so maybe that has also dominated the Cheap Packer Jerseys conversation about Dallas’ defensive line. Mayowa, however, was the only guy who had at least six sacks last Cheap Nike Jerseys year out of all of the Cowboys’ defensive linemen, so I wouldn’t sleep on him this year.