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Sanchez Will Start, Tomlinson Might Rest

Posted by Randy Lange on December 30, 2010 – 2:42 pm

Rex Ryan and his coaching staff are still figuring out who’s going to play and for how long against the Bills on Sunday. But the news out of the head coach’s daily news conference this afternoon was that not only will Mark Sanchez start (not unexpected) but that LaDainian Tomlinson might not.

“We’ll go ahead and start Mark this game,” Ryan declared. “How long he plays, we’ll obviously determine that as the game goes, but he will start for us.

“I’m not going to say he’s going to play ‘X’ amount of plays, but he would not be out there if we did not think he was healthy. Without question, 11 wins would be great, but quite honestly we’re focused on we want to win in the playoffs. By playing Mark, keeping him on track, doing his thing, his routine — you guys see him out there. He looks good right now.”

But that same framework led Rex to broach the possibility that Tomlinson, the future Hall of Famer who needs 86 rushing yards to hit 1,000 for the season for the ninth time in his career, might rest until the AFC Wild Card Game.

“That could be a possibility,” Ryan said about sitting out LT and turning the ground game over to Shonn Greene and rookie Joe McKnight. “We’ll see how he feels.”

Tomlinson feels strongly both ways.

“I came here to win a championship, not to get 1,000 yards, so that’s my main concern,” he said in the locker room after Ryan spoke. “I don’t care about it. I’ve had a bunch of 1,000-yard seasons. When all is said and done, if I get 1,000 yards and we don’t win a championship, then I haven’t accomplished anything.”

But, he said, he still wants to play Sunday.

“I just think our rhythm is so important for us,” he said. “If you look at us this year, every time we’ve had a break, we haven’t played too well coming back. So I think it’s important for us to keep that rhythm, that tempo we’ve been playing with the last couple of weeks. However long that takes is really up to our coach.”

Ryan also said that besides James Ihedigbo (knee/ankle), he and the doctors and trainers could decide to keep T Damien Woody (knee) and DE Shaun Ellis (back) on the side.

Ellis, who came to the Jets bench at Soldier Field gingerly a few times Sunday, was at practice but didn’t participate in team drills for a second day. “If it doesn’t get better,” the coach said, “clearly he won’t play as well.”

Wayne Hunter’s play at RT the past two games, meanwhile, has been strong and doesn’t force the Jets to rush Woody back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

As for the defense, Rex discussed both recent struggles against the run and in pressuring the passer. The answers for both this week were similar.

On the run: “I think first off it starts with showing the tape. Why are these things happening? The answer is on the tape. It basically starts with your pad level, knocking the line of scrimmage back, and coming off blocks, not just walking off blocks. That’s been our focus this week, going back and playing the techniques we’ve been used to playing.”

On the pass rush: “You can always blitz more guys, but I think you have to win your 1-on-1 matchups. Again, the answer’s on the tape. When you’re coming off and raising up and you’ve got to start your motor all over again, it starts with your takeoff, your pad level. That way, if you’ve got to reload, your pads are still down.”

More on the Injury Front

Besides Ellis, Ihedigbo and Woody, the only other DNP today was guard Matt Slauson, for non-injury reasons. Ryan: “His wife’s in the hospital and they’re expecting.” Good luck on this delivery, Slausons.

Limited besides Sanchez: Antonio Cromartie, Sione Pouha, Trevor Pryce, Darrelle Revis and Eric Smith.

Update, 5:30 p.m.: The Bills moved five of their 10 DNPs from Wednesday to full-practice status, but remaining as not participating in team drills were QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee) and WR David Nelson (ribs), and added to the list as DNP was LB Mike Balogun (illness).

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45 Responses to “Sanchez Will Start, Tomlinson Might Rest”

  1. By Alex.G on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    If L.T can go let him get the 1000 Sunday, I f eh is that out of it well then health comes 1st!! all the best Sunday good luck and keep your eye’s on the prize>

  2. By IRA on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Rex had a tough call to make on Sanchez. I think its the right one and believe he will get a few series and thats it. When they get the ball if they march down the field and they score and he looks sharp i think it could be 1 series and done.
    I really want to see McKnight get about 25 touches this week and see what he can do.

  3. By davetharave on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    All good decisions, if they go that way. LT definitely looks tired and Shonn looks fresh. Perfect time to run McKnight and see what he can do. Bills won’t be laying down so it will be a good test. Start with Shonn and continue that in the playoffs as far as we go. I said yesterday Shonn should be starting now as he looks fresh and healthy. LT for third downs, pass catching and to give SG a break, that was the original plan with LT. If McKnight shows anything on Sunday get him involved. Fresh young legs can always break one unexpectedly. Sanchez needs some reps to prevent staleness. He should play at least a quarter. No need to rush Woody back at all, and if he’s not ready, Hunter has been doing a nice job. Let the banged up guys rest.

  4. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    LT’s attitude on all this is terrific, like it’s been on everything else all yr. Rex sounds pretty out there to me about Sanchez and his “rhythm.” If this 2nd-yr starting QB can’t stay on track knowing he’ll probably be in a playoff game a week from this Saturday, he’s not “progressing” nearly as well as they keep telling us. McKnight should obviously play a lot and when he does well I fully expect him to become the new Woodhead, a talented guy that we haven’t been using. Conner should also play a lot since this is probably T-Rich’s last yr. As for this guy Trufant, he’s gotten what has to be the biggest Xmas present ever, but I wonder about a DB who’s only 170 lbs. Still, I wish him luck, he’ll need it and we need it at that position.

  5. By scjoe on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think you have to play Sanchez for at least a full quarter, this guy has a track record of not playing very well following a long lay off, as far as the rest? Do not play anyone who is banged up, give them 2 full weeks to heal, this game means nothing, then it is all in, give everything you have and lets move on, and don’t let anybody say “you backed in” when you go 10-6 or 11-5, you backed in to nothing!
    Go Jets!!!!!!!!!

  6. By GaryC on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    jet fan tom, you read my mind about trufant, this guy is shorter and smaller than drew coleman,only darrelle green can be that size and succeed.

  7. By charliejet on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Sanchez should play – but limited time and please jet coaching staff if there is a possible fumble or any turn over tell Sanchez to STAY AWAY ! Don’t go after a fumble (in case it happens) or if there is a turnover from whatever don’t try and tackle anyone (if there is an interception) Sanchez is very competitive and we don’t want to see this kid getting hurt on bad judgement. Slide if anyone is within 10 yards of you Mark – stay out of harm’s way man!. Coaching staff needs to hammer that into Sanchez’s head. But I do believe he needs some time in this game to stay in synch.

  8. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks, GaryC, but I won’t take any great credit for what seems like a no-brainer. I mean, wasn’t Warren McVea on KC, at something like 165, just about the smallest player in the modern NFL? Still, I admire Rex for giving this guy a shot especially since this is a truly meaningless game. Who knows, maybe he can gain 10 lbs by next summer. charliejet, I like your safety precautions re Sanchez but your post also convinces me even more that maybe we should just sit the guy. It’s hard to believe that playing a couple of series in the 1st quarter of a game that means nothing is really going to keep him in synch all that much.

  9. By Row on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think LT looks like the best back out of the gang. If you rest him, than you must rest Greene to be fair. Start McKnight, see what he’s got! I would really like to see Kellen in the second half. Brunell is just a ploy, it would be impossible for him to help the Jets in the playoffs. Remember, we’re coming off of a bad loss. Sanchez has turned the ball over 10 straight games.. Go Jets..

  10. By Ablity on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    the thing about Sanchez not playing well after breaks is true but the reason is not because he doesnt know how to play after a long break..the reason is that when shotty gets a long time to put together a offensive gameplan he put to much into it..Sanchez has been playing well these last two weeks because we have been running the ball well and not asking him to make stupid throws. If we keep the gameplan simple our offense can move the ball because the truth is we have mismatches all over the offensive, very few corners can cover the two wr one on one and very few linebacks and safteies can cover keller one on one all game. We don’t need a complex gameplan to move the ball. that’s why shotty always does after the breaks.

  11. By PurpleFlash on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    “Jets fans Tom for a long time”, Well, we’ll see if McKnight is the new Woodhead. I think he’s got talent and will eventually succeed. He better (and I think will) He is the guy they cut Woodhead to keep.

  12. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I fully expect we’ll turn over a lot of the D roster in ’11 no matter what we do in the playoffs and I’m all for that, especially if we do it the right way and try to get a lot more draft picks. But to highlight what we need to do on O — and NOT do, like let either Holmes or Edwards get away — here’s some cold hard facts on TDs and INTs. Brady 34-4, Rivers 30-12, Rodgers 27-10, Vick 21-6, Cassel 27-5. Sanchez? 17-13. And of course, Sanchez is 28th out of 32 starters at QB overall. Until his numbers on those first two stats and overall are much closer to those first five guys, or even closer to Freeman’s (23-6, 9th), we’re gonna have a heck of a time competing at a high level in this league, no matter what changes we make on D.

  13. By charliejet on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    You know Tom I agree with that if it is only a couple of series – why bother. But in the event Sanchez is in for a half or something like that he should just play it real safe. Tom hopefully we can see McKnight and Conners as much as they say we will we will. But I have heard them say(coaching staff) say one thing and do the opposite. If they do well (McKnight & Conners) – I would rather have seen alternating the backfield during the season i.e. mixing it up than the using the wildcat. Banged up players – let em’ rest.

  14. By IRA on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    scjoe, Ditto they did not back in. That is complete nonsense. They won as many games as they needed to get in. Sure at 9-2 a month ago we all thought this was a 12 maybe even 13 win team. Things happen. Starting Sunday Night the remaining teams headed into the playoffs are all 0-0 and even. Thats all that matters. Now reach down deep and achieve what you set out to do back in March when they started lifting.
    GO JETS!!!!

  15. By IRA on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    McKnight is going to get 100 yds rushng this week. Wonder how much E Smith not playing these past two games have hurt them in run support?
    Happy New Year!

  16. By GaryC on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    jet fan tom, you talk about good character isn’t everything, here is a scenario that could have been to jets benefit.the jets could of released richardson and kept both woodhead and mcknight, they had connor as a blocking back,also mulligan and hartsock if they wanted 2 blocking tightends and turner as extra blocker.maybe richardsons character kept woodhead off team, not saying I was for that move but richardson will probably be gone before next season.

  17. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Tom on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, charliejet, I’ve seen the Jets say one thing and do another, like when Rex praised Woodhead 2 yrs running and then cut him — talk about shooting yourself in the foot! — which is partly what ratcheted up the hate on McKnight. So PurpleFlash, I probably shouldn’t have said anything because I guess now if McKnight doesn’t run for 100 yds on Sunday there will be calls for his head. I took the “since ’64” off my name so no one thinks I’m obnoxious with that but I gotta tell some of you guys, nobody ever won a championship in this league by making snap judgments on players, whether it’s McKnight, Wilson, Sanchez, Greene or, of course, tremendous talents like Holmes. We better stop doing it if we expect to ever build a PIT-like powerhouse.

  18. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Row, Mark had ZERO turnovers in the Steeler game so please explian to me how he had a turnover in 10 straight games?

  19. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Tom on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong, GaryC, I regret that good character or selfless concern for the team doesn’t sometimes count for more. Other times, though, those qualities are used to mask when a player has lost steps or, worse, when he actually doesn’t have the right stuff. Your point about T-Rich is fascinating to me for several reasons. I’m not sure Conner was ready to take over for him that soon. But there was also a HUGE outcry when T-Rich was cut briefly and the press used that as more evidence of the allegedly new, leaderless Jets. Meanwhile nobody comments NOW on how we lost almost zero by way of losing Faneca, zero by losing TJ and getting LT, and less than zero by losing Leon. So as us New Yorkers like to say, whaddya gonna do?

  20. By scjoe on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, there are some out there, even some of the experts, who think this college football where if you lose early in the season you may still be OK, but if you lose late in the season there goes your chance for the national championship. If the Jets schedule had the Bears game and the Lions game reversed, with the outcomes being the same, no one would have ever brought up that ridicules notion about backing in. The fans you would expect that from, but the “experts”?

  21. By Brian Brett on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Well any1 saying Jets backed into the playoffs are smoking something 10 wins was good enough to get a wildcard spot in week 15 u back in when u need to win the last week and need others to lose…Buffalo game dont mean much..let banged up players rest, but like we all know this year we are flat if we have longer then a week between games glad we didnt get a first round bye…look at who we beat NE, Pitt, and we should of beat Balt. if Brian whould of had some pass plays for sanchez…. so we can beat any1 in the confrence not scared of no1 Bring on KC….J-E-T-S jets jets jets

  22. By john on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I really like Woodhead and wanted to see him succeed as much as anybody, the whole underdog thing and his size, etc. but folks have to realize if Faulk doesn’t go down in NE, Woodhead is probably an afterthought this season not a revelatiion. He played out of neccessity in NE not because he was so good he won the job outright. He is a role player in NE’s offense and does a real nice job for them but he will probably never be anything more than that, I think the Jets look at McKnight and see him potentially as more of an impact player who will get a lot more touches when he is ready than woodhead but the team doesn’t need that fron hin right now as we have LT and Greene; not many team mix 3 RB’s into the game plan.

  23. By john on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    When the Giants had Danny Ware, Bradshaw did very little because Jacobs and Ware split the reps, after Ware went to TB is when Bradshaw emerged….look for the same thing with Mcknight as LT’s role diminishes.

  24. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Rex said Sanchez will start well 1st hit pressure or sack he’s out of there .Problem is our backups haven’t had any playing time, so Rex needs to rethink his strategy they need work to establish who will run the show if M-S go’s down .. Yes I’d like to see Mcknight touch the ball 20+ in this game with Conner blocking I seem to remember Rex saying he went to look over a LB that day and wound up with the terminator lets see what we got REX no guts no glory.. Tom64 M-S is not regressing Ablity WRONG M-S executed a reworked game plan 2 weeks in a row with a bad shoulder and leg the kid is coming along just fine he made some great reads and throws last INT was hit or miss he was 1 second off from that going for a TD and winning the game

  25. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    In the offseason the D is what needs to be addressed big time. On O our O line is young (except for Woody) TE young, WR’S relatively young, backs (except for LT & T Rich who I think will both be gone I see Greene starting with McKnight as change of pace back & Conner as the full time fullback) all young & QB young. On D D line Phoa & Ellis over 30 & Devito thou a great run stuffer brings zero pass rush. Backers Scott, Taylor, Pace & Thomas all over 30. Safteys while not old we need to improve that spot. They O is all young & as they spend more time together they will improve. The D they realy have no youth & while Rex was able to scheme his way out of ours problems last year this year our age is showing.

  26. By scjoe on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    64tom, make that a NE like powerhouse and I will agree with you. As for the “64” in your screen name, if you were a fan since 64 then you were a fan since 64, don’t let anyone bully you into changing that, if you want my advice, go back to 64tom.

  27. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Guys like to take shots at Mark because he is not a elite NFL QB well to all those guys. Our run game is worse than last year & our D is way worse than last year we have giving up 3 times as many passing TD’S as last year. We went from 8 passing TD’S in 2009 to 24 passing TD’S in 2010 The reason why the Jets will have 2 more wins then they had last year is because of the improved play of the QB.

  28. By wayne on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    You guys are incredible…..Richardson is a fullback. How did he keep Woodhead off the team….He’s been one of the best, if not the best blocking FBs for more than a decade…You don’t replace him with an unknown commodity like Connor and you don’t replace him with Woodhead…..Woodhead is gone because Rex and the rest of the “braintrust” decided to keep a player(Clowney) who wouldn’t sellout on specials instead of a guy who was obviously all heart.DO YOU GUYS DEAL WITH FACTS OR ARE U JUST MAKING IT UP AS YOU ALONG. NONE OF THE HYPOs about blocking TEs or what ever else is relevant…..Woodhead will be that pebble in that Jets fan shoe for the next 7+yrs.

  29. By paul on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I find it sort of funny that everyone is now calling for Sanchez to play sunday. All season long people have raved about how good this kid is and hung the “franchise” sign around his neck. Now, last game of the season, mostly a meaningless game, and Sanchez hurting, the cries go out that we must play him! McKnight should play, he’s earned a shot with his play on special teams. Rest LT, he has visually slowed over the course of the season. Not a Greene fan but run him as well. Defense needs the rest, they need the work too, but the old guys more than need the rest! Play as many backups as we can, we’ll need them next year! Happy New Year Jets…..hope 2011 is a better year for you!

  30. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Mark 9th in total touchdowns with 20, 7th in total turnovers with 14 & 13th in passing yards with 3,291 in 15 games if he was to play this full game & just had his average game he would have over 3,500 passing yards. Compared to last year he has made significant strides 847 more passing yards, 5 more touchdowns & 9 less turnovers. Next year with a full year of Braylon & Holmes plus another year under his belt 3,700 passing yards & 25 touchdowns is a lock with the potential upside of 4,000 passing yards & 30 touchdowns.

  31. By scjoe on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, when you quoted Sanchez stats for this year you didn’t quite finish the job, so let me help you, in QB rating he is # 28, in completion percentage he is # 30, in yds per game he is # 22, in avg yds per gain he is # 26 and in TD passes he is # 19. For those who put a whole lot of credence in stats only, I think it is only fair they see the whole body of work. See, it is pretty easy to look through the stats pages and pick and choose the ones you want to display.

  32. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Tom on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    MJV, I don’t think Sanchez regressed this year but he seemed to have the same problem as last year, a mid-season slump once other teams got enough film on him. All in all he didn’t have quite the 2nd season I anticipated in terms of putting points on the board but I’ll give him a complete season with both SH and BE and maybe a new OC. Spicer, I appreciate your look at the big picture but that’s a little tricky, adding “total TDs” to the mix, you know that unless you’re somebody like Vick that doesn’t really enter into it. When I see Sanchez pass for 20 TDs, I’ll dream of 30. scjoe, I’ll think over what you said re sticking with your heritage as a Jets fan! (First game I ever went to was on a Saturday night in ’64 with Dick Wood at QB.)

  33. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Tom 64, All touchdowns count do Vicks touchdowns not count cause he ran for them if you score it it counts.

  34. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    SCjoe, 1 Let me ask you this is the D significantly worse than last year? answer yes. 2 Is the running game worse than last year? answer yes. The reason why the team has not gotten worse is because the play of the QB end of story. If you can not admit this YOU know nothing about football!

  35. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    SCjoe, You are a big Chad fan right? I am pretty sure you are I think I remember you saying you never wanted to trade for Farve & you wanted to keep Chad. Well I am a big Chad fan myself I have his jersey well hear are some stats for you. 1 In 9 years as a Jet only 1 time did Chad pass for more yards than Mark passed for this year & it was only by 61 yards if Mark was to play all of the Bills game he would probably bet that record by 200 yards in his 2nd year. He may still beat the record anyway heck he will probably beat it in the 1st quarter. 2 In 9 years as a Jet only 1 time did Chad have more touchdowns than the 20 Mark has this year. So since Mark is such a bad QB what does that make Chad? So at this point there are 2 things you can do

  36. By Tom Spicer on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    1 admit Chad was a bad QB or you can admit that Mark is a good QB cause if you dont do 1 of the 2 you lose all credability. Mark has beat all of Chads records at 23 years old I rest my case.

  37. By DarrylD on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a jets fan as much as the next man, but if the defense haven’t learn anything from their miscues over the last four or five games, they have no chance to win any games in the playoffs let alone three to make it into the SB. Overall the team will have to fight, as if their lives depended on it. There intensity will have to be off the charts to win any game. The playoffs is a whole different beast and everyone is fighting to the very end. We must stand above the rest; I just don’t know if they have the reserves to do so. I hope I’m wrong, GO JETS!

  38. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Tom on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, I’m with you on putting our money on Sanchez over Chad but that’s a no-brainer to me in some respects. Though I loved Chad at the start he proved too fragile and that dink-and-dunk nonsense that we ran with him became pathetic. But I gotta go along with scjoe somewhat too about the full range of Sanchez’s stats this year, and what’s more he forgot another very important one on which MS is really unimpressive, yds per attempt. His low number there has mostly to do with his inaccuracy, which some games is still pretty ridiculous. Give him the guys we got on O and a few more next yr — I definitely think we may get another vet RB, GaryC, even if we keep LT — and then we might know about him for sure.

  39. By BLEED4GREEN on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply


  40. By scjoe on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    spicer, yes, I was, and still am a Pennington fan, what you are not taking into account is the talent around Sanchez that Chad didn’t have. As I pointed out, you can look through your stat book you have and pick and choose the stats you want to show, but that just is not the whole story. Last year we were #1 in total defense, did that ever happen with Chad at QB? NO! We led the league in rushing, did that ever happen under Chad? What was our record? n the area of reading defenses, pocket presence, and even leadership qualities, things that don’t show up in that stat book you have, Chad wins going away.

  41. By scjoe on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    spicer, let me continue. Still trying to figure out your point saying Chad was a “bad” QB or, in my opinion is Mark is a good QB! You will need to clarify that, because it makes no sense to me. Lastly, please refrain from suggesting that I “know nothing about football” because of all the off the wall things I have read that you have posted here, I haven’t yet pinned that tag on you, although I have often thought about it.

  42. By scjoe on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    64tom, yes Chad may be considered fragile, although this is a very physical and a very violent game. But the part about the weak arm is one I never bought in to, even if it were true, because that is not the #1 prerequisite to becoming a successful NFL QB. He simply ran the plays that were called in, just like Sanchez is doing now. He was a winner, he proved that once again going to Miami and winning a division in his first year there. I don’t know what point spicer is trying to make comparing Sanchez to Chad, but whatever it is it has no substance.

  43. By Gmany3k on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    Sanchez doesn’t have the super arms that was listed in a post above , if he did we would have twice the TD’s.Sanchez should play until at least the 3qrt. LT& green should play about the same while if it were me i would insert Joe Mc in passing plays and put him in space with LT or SG in to see if he can exploit teams for 10- 20 yds
    .Putting Joe in just to see if he can move the chains doesn’t help us in the playoffs
    at all .

  44. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    I wouldn’t come down as hard on Chad as Spicer is, scjoe, no way, no day. What he lacked in certain skills he had in spades in terms of smarts and leadership qualities. Unfortunately, though his arm was good enough at the start, nobody could possibly throw well after the kinds of injuries he had.

  45. By Charlie on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    what the Jets need this week to be prepared for the playoffs is fine tune the D line. In passing downs how about Thomas back down to pass rushing from from the tackle position with Taylor, Pace and Ellis and put Gholston as the outside linebacker. You have Gholston who has better speed and can cover the backs and ends. Thomas is a pass rusher so put him in his strength position.

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