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Thomas‘ work ethic and leadership skills are what set him apart for Shurmur.

Joe is a steady guy, which you need from an offensive lineman,” he said. “He’s a guy that comes out here every day and works. Every once in a while he can be vocal, I wouldn’t say that’s his nature to just be exerting himself verbally. There’s time within a practice or within a day when something needs to get said and he’ll step right to the front and say it. I have a great appreciation for what he is as a player and a man.”