In the 2019 season, Logan Thomas caught 16 passes that went for 173 yards for the Detroit Lions.
In the four quarters that took place on Monday night at Heinz Field, Thomas caught nine passes for 98 yards for Washington in their statement 23-17 victory against Pittsburgh.
To (somewhat) steal a line from Lamar Jackson: Not bad for a college quarterback, huh?
When Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith chose to bring Thomas in on a one-year contract this past offseason, they were banking on his upside. They liked what they saw out of Thomas in Detroit — tight ends coach Pete Hoener did, too —and they believed he’d take what he did in limited action and apply it to more action with the Burgundy and Gold.
Well, versus the Steelers, Thomas didn’t just look like someone who was really putting things together at the position. Instead, he just flat-out looked like one of the best at his position.
No. 82 did a little bit of everything in Week 13. He snared a sweet one-hander early on when Alex Smith threw a ball low and behind. He pulled in a contested 30-yarder to set up the Football Team’s first TD.
And then, in the fourth quarter, he brought in this crucial score to tie up the contest:
Thomas is the type of signing that turns an organization around. Washington’s front office and coaching staff identified someone who had talent but not the opportunity to showcase it. He’s rewarded them all year long, but on Monday, he especially came through.
In March, Thomas agreed to join Washington for one season. This coming March, odds are they’ll ask him to stay much, much longer.