Phillip Thomas puts play-making ability on display at Redskins’ mini camp

The Washington Redskins completed their first rookie mini camp on Sunday and former Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas made an impression on the final day with, not surprisingly, an interception and a forced and recovered fumble.

Former Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas made an impression in rookie mini camp with the Washington Redskins.

Thomas, who got reps at free and strong safety over the past three days, led the bowl subdivision with eight interceptions last season when becoming the first unanimous All-American in school history and playing a huge role in the Bulldogs’ defense.

Here is a recap from the mini camp from the Washington Post, which includes comments from Coach Mike Shanahan on Thomas and the other two defensive backs drafted by the Redskins, and a breakdown on what Thomas faces getting up to speed for his first NFL season.

The to-do list, Thomas told the Post, is simple: ”Technique. Technique and everything. Everybody’s a lot faster and a lot better at this level and you have to have great technique to keep up with those dudes who are running 4.2 and 4.3′s and technique is what’s going to help you make up for speed.”