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Saints developing Brandin Cooks replacement in undrafted Georgia Tech QB?

May 19th, 2017 at 12:53 PM
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) takes in the crowd after scoring a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images

College football players go pro every year and face some tall hurdles on the way to starting NFL games. Whether it’s picking up new systems or adapting to different coaching and training regimens, everybody has their own challenges.

For some players, those challenges come in the form of position switches. Sometimes that change isn’t too drastic; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Desmond King started 40+ games in college as a cornerback, but is being moved to safety by the Los Angeles Chargers. In other cases, players are picking up wholly new positions.

That’s the case for New Orleans Saints undrafted free agent signee Justin Thomas. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback has a strong reputation after running a complex triple-option offense and serving as team captain for three years, but he’s undersized and doesn’t possess the touch with the ball to continue playing under center in the NFL (career completion percentage of 48.7-percent).

But that isn’t the end of Thomas‘ story. He tried out for the San Francisco 49ers at wide receiver and punt returner during their rookie minicamp practice sessions, and will continue in those roles with the …

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