You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Justin Thomas gets his position assignment with the Saints

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas will make his attempt at the NFL on offense.

After practicing at both wide receiver and cornerback in the New Orleans Saints’ rookie minicamp this past weekend and then being signed to the team’s 90-man offseason roster as an undrafted free agent, Thomas said Tuesday that he’ll begin his attempt at professional football at wide receiver. He may prove to be a most unlikely extension of Tech’s NFL wide receiver legacy.

“I guess it’s more of a comfort level to have the ball in my hands,” Thomas said. “I’m just working on it, trying to perfect the craft.”

Thomas said that, after spending the first day and a half of the minicamp at cornerback, team officials asked him to switch to receiver, where he stayed for the remainder of the three-day session. At the end of it, he got the good news.

“It was great,” he said. “Just a relief, just knowing that I’m going to be somewhere and at least be able to prove myself.”

It’s a big step forward from where he was before the rookie minicamp, when he came to New Orleans as one of 55 players invited to come on a tryout basis to compete for a roster spot. The team signed six of the 55. And it’s even a further distance from draft weekend, when he went undrafted and was not offered an undrafted free-agent contract afterward. He first went through an unsuccessful tryout with the 49ers before receiving a second shot with the Saints.

On draft weekend, he said, “I wasn’t upset, but I moved on. I knew I had this workout (with the 49ers) coming up, so I just started getting ready for this one.”

He has remained in New Orleans, as the rookies continue to learn schemes and plays. He’s on the bottom rung, and nothing is guaranteed, but he’s in the NFL.

“I wouldn’t say hard to believe, but it’s exciting,” he said.

On Tuesday evening, he joined Saints rookies at a crawfish boil dinner held by the Touchdown Club of New Orleans. He acknowledged there’s a lot to learn.

“First is getting in the playbook, learning the plays,” he said. “Not just running the routes, but trying to get comfortable as possible with them so I’m not out there thinking, but I’m just out there playing full speed.”

He has been assigned uniform No. 88.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s a little different.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

The future of U.S. swimming is 6 feet 9, 17 years old . . . and African-American
The future of U.S. swimming is 6 feet 9, 17 years old . . . and African-American

The question comes up whenever someone meets Reece Whitley for the first time. Whitley is too polite to respond with the classic teenage show of disdain: the eye roll. But inside? Inside, his eyeballs are on the other side of their sockets. "How big are your shoes? I hear that all the time,'' Whitley said with an exasperated chuckle. "I mean...
Don’t look for Hawks to make quick move in free agency
Don’t look for Hawks to make quick move in free agency

Don’t look for the Hawks to make an immediate free agent splash. When the clock turns to 12:01 a.m. on Saturday — the official start of the NBA free agency period — the Hawks are unlikely to make a big move, according to general manager Travis Schlenk. Schlenk said the team will take a wait-and-see approach to filling out the roster...
Atlanta United at midseason: Player review
Atlanta United at midseason: Player review

Reviewing the players who have gotten consistent playing time for Atlanta United through its first 17 MLS games this season: Alec Kann Goalkeeper Games played/starts: 17/17. Key stat: Has a goals-against average of 1.47. Comment: His 55 saves are seventh in the league and he has kept the team in games with numerous big saves. He’s had, at most...
Atlanta United at midseason: Schedule preview
Atlanta United at midseason: Schedule preview

Looking at Atlanta United’s schedule for the remaining 17 games, which includes 10 at home. Schedule breakdown July 1 at Columbus (7-9-1) Time: 7:30 p.m. Venue: MAPFRE Stadium. First half-recap: Atlanta United defeated Columbus 3-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The team scored on goals from Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez. Difficulty...
Three of Atlanta United’s youngest play well in Open Cup
Three of Atlanta United’s youngest play well in Open Cup

Atlanta United’s future may have been on the field in the final minutes of its 3-2 loss to Miami in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday on the campus of FIU. Helping the team to rally to tie the game at 2, only to see the winning goal scored in the final minutes of injury time, were 18-year-old Brandon Vazquez, who scored the team&rsquo...
More Stories