Thomas rejects criticism of his route running

NEW YORK — Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas broke his foot a week before the NFL Scouting Combine while training for the event, and the setback prevented him from working out until last Sunday.

Thomas said it was the most noteworthy moment of his pre-draft process, and was quite difficult to handle.

“Maaaan, my biggest memory is when I broke my foot a week before the combine, and had surgery maybe three days before the combine,” said Thomas at an NFL Play 60 event Wednesday. “It’s just been tough. My foot has still been sore. I had a pro day on Sunday. It’s been tough just trying to get back to have a pro day before the draft and then come out here on Tuesday.”

Thomas was limited in his pro day, but did do a few ball drills.

Many analysts project Thomas as a first-round pick, despite his injury. He played in the Yellow Jackets’ triple option offense in college that featured few pro route combinations, and that has been a knock on him as well — but not one he puts much stock into.

“No, no, no, we ran routes in practice and stuff like that. We never did it in the game, but COME ON!, I’m pretty sure I can run routes,” declared Thomas.

With his physical attributes (6-foot-3, 224 pounds) and impressive game tape, most experts seem to agree.

Jason Feller

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