Last week, I discussed Cardale Jones. Next up in this “Forgotten Buffalo Bills” series is former WR Deonte Thompson. Thompson played three total seasons with Buffalo. He made a couple memorable plays with the team, but just like that (*snaps*) disappeared into thin air.
Career Bills stats: 61 receptions, 467 yards, one TD
Thompson had a very rocky career with the Buffalo Bills that spanned three seasons and three stints with the team, as previously mentioned. His first stint with the team came in December 2014. He played one game and recorded no stats before being released with an injury settlement in 2015.
His second stint with the Bills came in 2017. He signed on October 17th and played his first game just five days later. He caught four passes for 107 yards, including a 44-yard reception to set up a game-tying touchdown. Maybe his most memorable play with the Bills came in their blizzard game against the Indianapolis Colts, when he caught a 34-yard reception (from none other than Joe Webb) to set up LeSean McCoy’s game-winning score.
After his second stint with the team came to an end, Thompson signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, reuniting with former Bills WR coach Sanjay Lal. Thompson was named the teams starting WR next to Terrance Williams after the release of Dez Bryant. His Cowboys tenure ended with his release on November 9th.
Finally, his third and final stint with the team. Buffalo signed Thompson on November 14th, 2018, just five days after Dallas released him. He caught three receptions for 37 yards, with the team declaring him inactive for the final game of the season due to a toe injury.
After his tenure with the Bills came to an end, Deonte Thompson signed with the New York Jets on May 21st of 2019 by then acting GM Adam Gase. But that came to an end 10 days later as New York (really New Jersey) released him on August 31st.
Thompson’s full career spanned seven years with five different teams, including the Bills, Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears.
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