Mike Thomas, who never seemed to fit in with the Detroit Lions, was cut on Monday.
Thomas had practiced all through training camp, but had not been a standout at all.
The move is not surprising. In the battle for the fourth and fifth wide receiver spots, the 26-year-old Thomas was not even in the conversation.
In the preseason opening win over the Jets, Thomas was in the game for 22 snaps with zero receptions. In last Thursday’s loss at Cleveland, he was in for just eight snaps with no catches. He didn’t play on special teams in either game.
The Lions acquired the wide receiver on Nov. 1, 2012, in a trade with Jacksonville that cost Detroit a fifth-round draft pick in 2014. He is still guaranteed $1 million for this season.
Injuries to Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles and the absence of Titus Young had depleted the wide receivers’ group when the trade was made.
In five games with the Lions in 2012, he had 3 receptions for 11 yards and four rushes for 38 yards.