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Logan Thomas switching from QB to TE with Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions are adding a quarterback to the practice squad -- as a tight end.

Logan Thomas, who played two games at quarterback for Arizona in 2014 and was with the Dolphins and New York Giants after that, is heading to the Lions with a position switch. For the first time in his NFL career, he'll be listed as a tight end.

"It's been two-and-a-half years of not really getting an opportunity, and I was ready to get an opportunity to play and tried to make the best of what I could do," he said. "I think this gives me the best opportunity to do so."

He's an intriguing prospect for Detroit at a new position, particularly because the tight end group on the active roster behind starter Eric Ebron is thin. Clay Harbor has three catches this season, and Matthew Mulligan is primarily a blocking tight end. Brandon Pettigrew is still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered last year.

Thomas said he first worked out for the Lions at quarterback and then tried out as a tight end. He said the tight end position is "a completely different language, a completely different move."

"You see things from a quarterback's eyes way different than you did right beside the guys in the trenches," he said. "It's something that you've got to bite your pride a little bit and move on."

By moving to tight end, Thomas is making a switch quarterback Tim Tebow wasn't willing to do in the NFL. Thomas said he understands Tebow's mindset, but in his case, he is willing to be flexible.

"I don't fault anybody for not wanting to give up on it," he said. "Quarterback is the position in the limelight. That's the one that makes or breaks games, and that's the one that makes the big contracts, so if you don't want to let go of it, you don't want to let go.

"I understand completely. But I think it takes a different type of person to understand and make the move too. So I come into it very humbled but excited and ready to go."

Thomas said he will go to a training facility after the season so that by the spring he will have "a pretty decent grasp and do the best I can rolling into next year."

Thomas was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech at quarterback, and he played a few plays at receiver for the Hokies during his redshirt freshman year in 2010. He had two career receptions for 11 yards at Virginia Tech and also rushed 495 times for 1,359 yards and 24 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Thomas was initially drafted as a quarterback by Arizona in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Virginia Tech. He appeared twice for the Cardinals as a rookie, completing one of nine pass attempts for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Thomas was with Miami in 2015, first on the practice squad and then the active roster. He was waived by the Dolphins in June and was picked up by the New York Giants, eventually landing on their practice squad. He was waived by the Giants earlier this month.