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Bryan Thomas
No. 99     New York Jets
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: June 7, 1979 (1979-06-07) (age 30)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama-Birmingham
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Debuted in 2002 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
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Bryan Thomas (born June 7, 1979 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League.


Professional career


2002 NFL Draft

The 6'4" lineman was selected out of the UAB in the 2002 NFL Draft. Thomas had an impressive combine performance that elevated him from a mid-second round pick to the first round.[1]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4½ * 266 lb * 4.47 * 4.01 35 in * 33 *

(* represents NFL Combine)[2]

New York Jets

Thomas played his entire career as a defensive end until being converted to a linebacker in the 3-4 defense for the Jets during the 2006 NFL season. Thomas became a defensive end when Mangini used a 4-3 defense.

Thomas led the New York Jets in sacks with 8.5 sacks. This was his breakout season playing as an outside linebacker with new head coach Eric Mangini. At the end of the 2006 season, Thomas was awarded a new contract. In 2007, Thomas reverted to the disappointing play that had previously been the hallmark of his career. This raised concerns that Thomas was a "one year wonder" or a "contract year" player. In particular, comments made by Thomas during the 2007 season where he said he had not thought it necessary to "continue to work to improve" left many Jets fans extremely concerned about his motivation.


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