Newcomer CB Josh Thomas likes what Lions have to offer

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Cornerback Josh Thomas had one practice with the Lions, but he already expects his experience here to be better than his two months with the New York Jets.

“What I miss the most is being coached by my coach,” Thomas said Thursday, a day after the Lions claimed him off waivers. “I suffered there the most because I was not getting better.”

The Lions added Thomas after placing right tackle LaAdrian Waddle on injured reserve with a left knee injury that will likely require surgery.

A fifth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2011, Thomas is 5-foot-11, 185 pounds and coach Jim Caldwell said he can play inside or outside as well as special teams.

“He’s got quickness, tough, versatile (and) he’s played a lot of different spots,” Caldwell said.

Thomas had a rough week before joining the Lions. He was staying at a hotel in New Jersey while he was with the Jets and recently had about $12,000 of property stolen, including his iPad with the Jets playbook, luggage, his passport, checks and his wife’s anniversary present.

Before signing with the Jets in October, Thomas spent a few weeks with the Seahawks and three years with the Panthers, starting 10 games and playing in 38 games. Both of his last two teams provided more hands-on coaching than the Jets, too, he said.

“They felt I didn’t engage enough with the team,” Thomas said of why the Jets cut him. “I’m not the most talkative person, so I guess I could do a better job building relationships with my teammates.

“But at the same time, I’m still going to stay true to who I am and just try to be a good football player. That’s what I want to be, and I wish the best of luck to them but I’m really glad I’m here.”