Demaryius Thomas

Stephen A. Smith calls Demaryius Thomas 'delusional' for Patriots comments

Stephen A. Smith calls Demaryius Thomas 'delusional' for Patriots comments

Demaryius Thomas didn't hold back when describing the end to his tenure with the New England Patriots.

Thomas, who was traded from the Patriots to the New York Jets after Week 1, made his frustration known in recent comments made to the New York Daily News, calling the situation "insulting" and "a waste of time."

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith wasn't a huge fan of Thomas' remarks, and he even went so far as to describe the veteran wide receiver as "delusional" for his comments ripping the Patriots.

“I call him delusional because his complaints about the Patriots — you appear to be the only individual who didn’t know any better,” Smith said Thursday on "First Take".

“The fact of the matter is you’re not a star any longer, and when you’re not a star and you’re not a high-end producer or you’ve played in three games and you have nine receptions for 108 yards on the season and it’s been years since you’ve had a 1,000-yard season, what the hell do you expect?”

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In fairness to Thomas, his last 1,000-yard season was in 2016, just three years ago. He also tallied 949 receiving yards in 2019.

But Smith is correct in saying Thomas is no longer one of the league's star wideouts. A torn Achilles suffered last December was a setback for Thomas, and he's been unable to make an impact with the Jets. The 31-year-old veteran has just nine receptions for 105 yards and zero touchdowns in three games for New York.

The best way Thomas can get back at the Patriots is by giving a strong performance Monday night when the Jets host the defending Super Bowl champions at MetLife Stadium. 

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Bill Belichick responds to Demaryius Thomas' critical Patriots comments

Bill Belichick responds to Demaryius Thomas' critical Patriots comments

Demaryius Thomas ripped the New England Patriots over his trade to the New York Jets in recent comments made to the New York Daily News, calling the situation "insulting."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick responded Thursday in his press conference to Thomas' remarks, and he gave a little more information than you'd normally expect from him in a situation like this.

"Look, Demaryius is a great kid," Belichick said. "I have a ton of respect for him. He's very professional, and he did everything we asked him to do. Our circumstances changed a couple of times in that period leading up to when he was traded. I felt like I was always truthful with him, but things changed and therefore, what I said was not the same as what I had said previously. So it is what it is."

Thomas was dealt to the Jets two days after the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers -- a victory that the wideout was inactive for. He's clearly frustrated with how his tenure in New England ended.

"It was insulting, for sure,” Thomas told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. “Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. "So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me."

Thomas and the Jets will host the Patriots at MetLife Stadium in Week 7 for a "Monday Night Football" matchup. The 31-year-old wide receiver did not play against the Patriots when the Jets visited Gillette Stadium in Week 3 and lost 30-14.

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Demaryius Thomas blasts Patriots, calls trade to Jets 'disrespectful'

Demaryius Thomas blasts Patriots, calls trade to Jets 'disrespectful'

Demaryius Thomas apparently has a lot to get off his chest.

Mostly quiet during his tenure in New England, the Jets wide receiver took a flamethrower to the Patriots on Wednesday, accusing his former team of "insulting" him by not giving him a chance to succeed.

"It was insulting, for sure,” Thomas told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. “Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone.

"So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me."

The Patriots signed Thomas in April, taking a flyer on the five-time Pro Bowler as he recovered from a December 2018 Achilles injury. The team released him during final roster cuts but re-signed him two days later, at which point Thomas thought he was safe.

After the Patriots traded him to the Jets on Sept. 10 -- one day after signing Antonio Brown -- the 31-year-old felt stabbed in the back.

"They kicked me (to the curb) and shipped me out like I’m just a rookie," Thomas told Mehta. " ... It was disrespectful to me."

" ... You told me when you cut me at the (final) cut, sit around you’ll bring me back. And I stayed. I could have easily become a Jet once I got cut. … I could have been here the next day after I got released. But I chose to stay."

Thomas also detailed Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's rather rational explanation for trading him to New York.

"Coach (Belichick) came up to me and was like, ‘Uh, we got too many guys. We can’t get the ball around enough and we’re going to trade you to the Jets,' " Thomas said. "And that was that."

Thomas caught two touchdown passes in New England's fourth preseason game but never appeared in a regular-season game, as the Patriots deemed him expendable after signing Brown.

The Brown experiment obviously didn't work out, though, and Thomas seems intent on rubbing a little salt in New England's wound ahead of the teams' Week 7 contest on Monday night.

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