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Date published: 9/16/2010


"Some guys tend to say, OK, I made a play, and then they come back and take a play off," McCardell said. "I'm not saying that's been Devin, but I want to see it play in and play out.

"If you want to be 'the guy,' 'the guy' don't ever stop. 'The guy' is always that Energizer Bunny.

"I wanted to be here being a main contributor," he said. "I didn't want to go anywhere else."

Now that Thomas made the team, he's determined to maintain a positive attitude and strong work ethic while trying to make things right.

That means being focused in practice. Because he's low on the depth chart, he frequently works against the defensive starters.

"When you are running against your No. 1 defense, usually the scout team guys get noticed very quickly because if you can beat those players, obviously you can beat any player in the National Football League," Mike Shanahan said.

Working hard in practice while knowing it's unlikely to pay off in games is a challenge that all NFL backups face. And now that Thomas is back to being one of them, he's embracing it.

"I'm just trying to stay mentally sharp, knowing that it could be worse, that it's not as bad as it [seems] and at any moment it could change," he said. "Instead of [complaining] and moaning about it, just stay positive and keep working. And when the time comes, at least it will be like, 'Finally.'"

Rich Campbell: 540/735-1974
Email: rcampbell@freelancestar.com

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