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James Thrash Should Retire

Let me start by saying that James Thrash is one of my favorite Redskins. He is the embodiment of a Joe Gibbs kind of player. He’s smart, tough, and has great character. Thrash may not be the best receiver or athlete, but he works hard and is willing to do whatever the coaches ask of him. And because of his work ethic and willingness to be flexible, he has played more games for us (118) than any other active Redskins player except for Chris Samuels (136) and Ethan Albright (128).

But in case you haven't noticed, Thrash hasn't been on the field during our OTAs this year. Instead, he has been in therapy sessions with trainers because of a neck injury he sustained last season. The injury (and associated pain) is serious enough to have Thrash pondering whether to retire (link to article).

Here are James Thrash's career stats (I didn't include PR stats because they were minimal):

 

 Career Stats Receiving Kickoff Returns

 Season Team G   Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC
TD   KR Yds Avg Long TD  




 

 
 1997 Washington 4   2 24 6.0 12.0 17 2.0
0   0 0 0 0 0  




 

 
 1998 Washington 10   10 163 16.3 16.3 28 1.8
1   6 129 21.5 39 0  




 

 
 1999 Washington 16   3 44 2.8 14.7 25 1.3
0   14 355 25.4 95 1  




 

 
 2000 Washington 16   50 653 40.8 13.1 50 3.6
2   45 1000 22.2 49 0  




 

 
 2001 Philadelphia 15   63 833 55.5 13.2 64 3.7
8   5 101 20.2 34 0  




 

 
 2002 Philadelphia 16   52 635 39.7 12.2 39 2.6
6   0 0 0.0 0 0  




 

 
 2003 Philadelphia 16   49 558 34.9 11.4 51 4.2
1   34 815 24.0 54 0  




 

 
 2004 Washington 16   17 203 12.7 11.9 31 4.0
0   9 186 20.7 36 0  




 

 
 2005 Washington 12   14 194 16.2 13.9 41 3.4
0   7 170 24.3 31 0  




 

 
 2006 Washington 16   12 151 9.4 12.6 27 2.1
1   1 10 10.0 10 0  




 

 
 2007 Washington 12   9 107 8.9 11.9 31 2.7
2   2 36 18.0 20 0  




 

 
 2008 Washington 16   9 81 5.1 9.0 29 2.2
1   1 17 17.0 17 0  




 

 
 Career 165   290 3646 22.1 12.6 64 3.3
22   124 2819 22.7 95 1  




 

 

 

As you can see, Thrash had his most productive seasons in Philly (with the exception of 2000 in Washington). But, over the years since his return to Washington, his numbers have steadily declined. Quite frankly, the only reason we saw so much of him last year was because of the pathetic under-performance of our rookies (Thomas, Kelly, and Davis). Going into this season, Thrash has to know that chances are at least one of the rookies from last year (or this year) will step up and become our #2 and/or #3. With ARE still in the mix, Thrash would pretty much only be used on Special Teams. And it's not like there won't be a ton of competition on STs with all of the LBs and other potential STers we brought in this off-season.

Between the probable lack of playing time and the apparent seriousness of JT's neck injury, I really hope he decides to call it quits and retire with the B & G. The last thing we would want to see is for him to finish his career with another team or to end up ruining his future quality of life, by reinjuring his neck after surgery.

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