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Mike Thomas traded to Lions

The Jaguars have traded struggling WR Mike Thomas to the Detroit Lions.

Andy Lyons

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded wide receiver Mike Thomas to the Detroit Lions, according to a tweet by Ian Rapoport of

Thomas has struggled this season, pulling in only 13 catches for 80 yards. He'd been buried on the depth chart behind rookie Justin Blackmon and free agent signee Laurent Robinson. What the Jaguars received in the deal isn't known at this time. Thomas is coming off a 4-reception, 19-yard effort against the Green Bay Packers, good for a mere 4.8 yards-per-reception average.

The 5-foot-8 Thomas has proven to be a productive NFL wide receiver, with 164 catches in his first three seasons. He can provide explosiveness to an already formidable Lions passing attack from the slot behind Calvin Johnson and Titus Young. Johnson has been banged up, so it would seem to be an insurance deal for the Lions (3-4) as they attempt to climb back from last place in the NFC North.

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