4. Chad Thomas
Porter Gustin has been one of the stars of Training Camp, as he’s clearly passed Thomas, a 2018 third-round pick of John Dorsey on the depth chart.
ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi speculated the signing of Boise State rookie Curtis Weaver truly spelled the end Thomas’ time as a developmental pass rusher. Grossi contends Weaver, who will spend the entire 2020 campaign on IR, will be back in 2021 as Andrew Berry’s “pet project.”
After being drafted 67th overall, fans were high on Thomas, a product of Miami, but he played sparingly during his rookie season. The opportunity was their for him in 2019 following an injury to Olivier Vernon and a suspension for Myles Garrett, but he didn’t exactly seize the job.
Thomas received a 47.8 grade form PFF, which is considered poor.
Verdict: Assuming the ends are Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Adrian Clayborn and Gustin, Thomas is the odd man out. If he’s released, it’s highly likely he’ll be claimed by another team.