I've been reading every article and watching all the video I can about Thomas trying to get an insight into his character and leadership qualities. From everything I've read and heard-NESN said he was a presence in the lockeroom and the articles were positive-in regards to his giving out turkeys and quietly slipping the shelter a check, etc-he seems, at first glance anyway, to be a quality guy and a good fit for the Patriots. Comments from other coaches and players would also indicate he has a strong work ethic-another Patriot hallmark. I like the fact that he was a 6th round pick and had to work his way into the lineup over the course of a few years. He must be motivated to spend the time to learn all those different positions. I wouldn't be surprised if he lines up a tight end a few times this year. So my first impressions of him in these areas are really positive. This is a great signing and just what we need-possibly on a few different levels. First impressions can be deceiving, but I hope I'm right.