The Buffalo Bills took a risk on Logan Thomas when they added the former quarterback in 2016, signing the big athlete off the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. The risk came with minimal negatives for the Bills, as they merely looked to tap into Thomas’ tremendous athletic potential. After taking what essentially amounted to a redshirt year in 2016, Thomas made an impact, albeit a small one, at his new position in 2017.
In our latest installment of “90 players in 90 days,” we look at the best athlete of all of the tight ends on Buffalo’s roster.
Name: Logan Thomas
Height/Weight: 6’6” 250 lbs.
College: Virginia Tech
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Thomas signed his one year, $790,000 tender as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason.
2017 Recap: Making his first appearances as a tight end, Thomas caught 7 passes for 67 yards and his first NFL touchdown. He played in 14 of Buffalo’s games, appearing on 14.73% of the team’s offednsive snaps.
Positional outlook: With Charles Clay firmly entrenched as the team’s starting tight end, Thomas will look to remain the back-up to both Clay and Nick O’Leary. Khari Lee, Keith Towbridge, and Jason Croom round out the positional group. None of the names are different from last season.
2018 Offseason: Thomas underwent knee surgery and will miss the rest of the spring. While the injury was minor enough that he was able to walk out of the surgery center under his own power, this obviously hinders the raw athlete’s development, as he needs every rep possible in order to further familiarize himself with the tight end position. His healing will be worth watching as camp unfolds.
2018 season outlook: Thomas should love new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, as he has worked with teams in the Alabama Crimson Tide and the New England Patriots that specialized in multiple tight end sets. Thomas has a unique combination of size and speed that could be very useful to whomever the Bills choose to line up at quarterback this season.