Jeff Thomas gets mini-camp invite from Buffalo Bills

Jeff Thomas had to wait two days to finally get a destination, but the Indiana linebacker will get at least a chance to hook on with an NFL roster.

Thomas said Tuesday that he has received an invitation to attend the Buffalo Bills’ rookie mini-camp on May 11. He has to perform there to earn a free agent contract and an offer to attend training camp in late summer.

“San Diego called me, but I guess they went in a different direction,” Thomas said. “I was a little disappointed with that, but there was nothing I could do but wait it out. Buffalo gave me an opportunity to do whatever I can and I’m really happy with that opportunity.”

Thomas arrived at Indiana in 2010 after three years at Foothill (Calif.) Community College, one of which was a greyshirt season. He made an immediate impact, starting nine games as a junior with the Hoosiers in 2010 and finishing second on the team in tackles with 82. Last season, he led the squad with 80 tackles and 10.5 tackles, serving as a bright spot on the Big Ten’s worst defense.

The 6-foot-1, 239-pounder was known for his strength and his instincts and ability to get to the ball. His speed wasn’t overwhelming — he recorded a 4.8 40-yard dash at Indiana’s pro day — but his game speed was better than that and he also bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times at pro day.

The Millbrae, Calif., native said he’s never spent time that far east and has certainly never been to Buffalo, but he’s just happy to be going somewhere.

“I just gotta do my best out there,” Thomas said. “Give it my all. I got an opportunity and that’s all you can ever ask for. I got a chance, I’m just trying to do as much as I can with it.”


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