Michael Thomas is perhaps the embodiment of the type of players Dave Gettleman has tried to acquire since becoming general manager of the New York Giants in December of 2017.
Thomas, entering his seventh season, is a good football player. He has 31 starts at safety in 72 career games. He is an unspectacular player who is perhaps better suited to a reserve role, but can be called upon to play both safety spots and slot cornerback if needed. He started only six games in 2018, but was 10th on the defense with 521 snaps played.
Thomas is, however, best known as a special teams player. One of the best in the league in that role for several seasons, he was finally acknowledged with his first Pro Bowl appearance after last season. He led the Giants with 347 special teams snaps played, and compiled a team-leading nine special teams tackles.
Thomas is also an outstanding veteran presence. He is a stand-up guy who is always at his locker willing to speak with media in both good and bad times. He has been involved in special teams rules changes. He is active in the community. He is a guy who gets it, and is an excellent example for the younger players on the roster.
How he got here
Thomas spent five seasons with the Miami Dolphins before signing a two-year, $4 million contract with the Giants before the 2018 season.
Thomas’s role should be similar to the one he had a season ago. He figures to be the third safety behind Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea, and to perhaps move into the slot in occasional sub packages.
He also figures to again be a critical special teams player.