I think the coaches want Thomas to be a better blocker and likely have an attitude adjustment to start. In our case ... Against top talented teams, I think that's the wrong approach.
Mike Thomas has the size, hands, and body awareness to compete as a receiver against good teams.
Moreover, Braxton Miller trust him & has chemistry with him.
Braxton's worst quality as a QB is his mental game under duress. He holds the ball too long, and runs when it's too late or tries to force a pass out of frustration. He stops trusting his training and the coaches play calling. His confidence noticeably falters.
He needs a true security blanket. Someone who can say "throw it anywhere in my area and I'm going up to get it." Mike Thomas has that ability and swagger. In this case, I think that swagger is good.
In the last two years, I haven't seen a receiver with that swagger. In fact, the only other player on offense who has shown that kind of "feed me the ball" and I'll get what we need swagger is El Guapo.
We need a receiver with El Guapo swagger. What I don't understand is these coaches try to push these guys to have that confidence and model that swag all the time...but seem to punish Mike Thomas for having it.