Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas is a player to watch as training camp approaches.
With injury concerns once again surfacing regarding Charles Clay’s knee, the Buffalo Bills are going to need other tight ends ready to step in if the former Miami Dolphin can’t go at some point this season.
A name to keep in mind as training camp approaches? Logan Thomas.
The quarterback-turned-tight end joined the Buffalo Bills late last season when the team signed him off the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. At the time, Rex Ryan said the team was “taking a shot” on him.
"“I mean, it’s been two years, 2.5 years, I guess, and not much has built for me,” Thomas said at the time, via the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of opportunity and the size, speed and athleticism that I was given to by God. Me, my family and people representing me felt like it was time to make the move.”"
And there has been little written about Thomas and his progress since.
However, while Thomas lacks obvious experience at the position, he has the intangibles desired to be successful.
According to mockdraftable.com, Thomas ranks in the 80th percentile or higher in hand size, height, 40-yard dash, 20-yard dash, arm length and 10-yard dash when compared to other tight ends.
Now, no one is saying that Thomas is the next Gronk. That’s O.J. Howard. However, at 6-foot-6, Thomas has the exact body type that the Bills currently lack.
It’s worth noting that the Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski projected that Thomas would make the 53-man roster out of training camp. It also helps that there’s just one cut-down day this year, providing Thomas more time to plead his case.
"“If you had to pick one position the Bills would be interested in adding to before the season, it would be tight end,” Skurski writes. “If the team really does want to run more plays with multiple tight ends on the field, the depth has to improve – which explains the visit Gary Barnidge made recently as a free agent. Watching Thomas’ development in the spring and at training camp will be interesting. For now he gets a spot based on potential.”"
Thomas came to Virginia Tech as the nation’s top tight end prospect before converting to quarterback. He even made a couple appearances at wide receiver during his redshirt sophomore campaign.
With the prior experience as a pass catcher, there’s a chance Thomas isn’t as big of a project as many believe.
If he can have a solid training camp, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility that he can secure the No. 2 tight end job and more.
Where do you think Logan Thomas will fit on the roster this season? Leave your thoughts below!