Oct 1, 2011; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive back Phillip Thomas (1) drops an interception behind Rutgers Scarlet Knights receiver Mohamed Sanu (6) in the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints sign safety for their practice squad

The New Orleans Saints are filling the two spots on their practice squad vacated by safety Jericho Nelson and guard Ricky Henry.  They signed guard Wayne Tribue as well as safety Phillip Thomas yesterday.

Thomas is a free safety who played in ten games for Syracuse University and looked to have some promise but was suspended for “off the field issues”.  He went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft and was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.

SI.com gave a scouting report on Thomas and this is part of what they said:

Thomas displayed a variety of skill the past two seasons, but off-the-field incidents marred his college career. He’s rough around the edges yet has the underlying ability to succeed at the next level if he makes football a priority.

During his final season with the Orange in 2011, the 5’11 and 198 pound Thomas had six interceptions which was the most in the Big East Conference and tied for third in the country.

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