Monday, May 15, 2006

Newly Named Thomas Glad To Be Back

He has changed his name from Tra to William, although the newly named Williams Thomas says that was his name all along. What is more important is whether the three-time Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle is ready for the rigors of a 16-game NFL season.
Thomas underwent season-ending back surgery after being inured in the 10th game of the year against the New York Giants.
As the blindside blocker to Donovan McNabb, he is among the most crucial performers on the offense. And at least after minicamp, Thomas said things are going well.
"I think I'm 100 percent," he said. "This was a good minicamp to be in because I did a lot of movement and I'm feeling good."
Thomas said that he won't be able to tell for sure until the players put on the pads, but that he is pleased with his progress.
He doesn't mind talking about his back, just don't ask him about the name change. "William is my real name," he said.
What is more important is whether Thomas will be able to take the pounding on his 6-foot-7 and slimmed down 335-pound body. He will turn 32-years-old during the season, so nobody knows how much longer Thomas will be a fixture at left tackle.
With Jon Runyan, who will be 33 during the season, and Thomas at tackles, the Eagles have a lot of experience and mileage. They drafted Winston Justice and he'll likely be a starter by sometime next season. Still, it's tough to throw a rookie in the tackle position, which is why it's important that Thomas makes a complete comeback.
And if that happens, the questions will be about his game, not his name.

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