Fantasy Player To Watch: Jaguars Wide Receiver Mike Thomas

Chris FarmerCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 04:  Mike Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Of rookie WR Mike Thomas' twelve total touches from scrimmage on the season, eight of them came this week.

It was a blowout win for the Jaguars, allowing them to try some things they may not have otherwise; so don't count on Thomas to be a mainstay just yet.

Bookmark him though, take note, stash it in the vault, and monitor his progress.

This kid is the all-time leading receiver in Pac-10 history with 259 catches, and has the build, quickness and speed of Carolina's Steve Smith. If you play in a league that awards for returns, he can tally points there too. In fact, his versatility is exactly what makes him one to watch.

Against the Titans, Thomas recorded a 34-yard punt return, a 42-yard kickoff return, an 11-yard run and a 10-yard reception. Snaring five balls and given the right to tote the rock three times as a WR; shows Jacksonville's confidence in him, and the potential for Mike Thomas to be one of their primary weapons in the near future.

To add to the intrigue, its not like the Jaguar roster is loaded with explosive playmakers.

Maurice Jones-Drew may be the only legitimate one. Mike Sims-Walker is coming into his own and appears to be QB David Garrard's top option through the air. Then, there is aging vet Torry Holt, fellow rookie Jarett Dillard, and TE Marcedes Lewis; who are all good players.

Dillard has upside as well, but you can see how there is plenty of room for Thomas to make his mark.

Will it happen this year?

To that, oh fantasy brethren, we can only guess. And bookmark.