Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Bill Belichick says 'I always felt I was truthful' with Demaryius Thomas

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday Oct. 13 2019 in East Rutherford N.J Patriots to sign tight end Eric Tomlinson
Rhonda Reese | 19 October, 2019, 00:26

In an eight-day span, Thomas, who had fully recovered from a torn Achilles in seven months, was cut, re-signed, inactive for Week 1, and traded to the Jets.

Thomas spoke to the New York Daily News ahead of his team's Monday night game against New England, and spoke about being disrespected and insulted during his short time there.

"It was insulting, for sure", Thomas told the newspaper. "Once I got cut, I could have just come here and not stayed there and re-sign. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks, I'm glad to be back, glad to be preparing for another opponent".

The four-time Pro Bowler also lamented "wasting" his time with the Patriots when he re-signed after initially getting released on cut-down day.

Since Thomas' comments, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has responded to the wide receiver in a diplomatic fashion. I felt like I was truthful with him but things changed and therefore what I said was not the same as what it was - what I'd said previously. "It is what it is".

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The Patriots need much better production from their tight ends, and Watson's familiarity with quarterback Tom Brady and his 15 years of experience should help him make a successful transition back into the offense before the tough part of the team's schedule arrives.

"It was disrespectful to me", said Thomas, who was dealing with a hamstring strain at the time.

"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 recalled. Ain't no reason to yell.

Still, Thomas didn't see it as right for the Pats to trade him out of the blue after making him the roster promise. He said he was given assurances that he would have a spot on the 53-man roster on multiple occasions, but he could have "easily" just signed with the Jets had he known he'd be given the boot in favor of Brown.

"He did a very good job of that against Dallas - had some big plays, kept them off balance and was very productive". At my position and what I do, it was affecting me cutting and changing direction, and I do that every single play.

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