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The intrigue of new Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson

The Buffalo Bills signed veteran wideout Deonte Thompson on Tuesday, a move to add depth to the team's receiver contingent ahead of the Week Seven game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While he does come from relative obscurity as a player with 50 catches, 602 yards and three touchdowns in 42 career NFL games, there are some intriguing facts about Thompson.

Bills Notebook: Veteran receiver Deonte Thompson rejoins roster

In high school, he was one of the most highly touted receivers in the country.

Per Rivals.com, Thompson was the No. 8 overall receiver recruit in the graduating class of 2007, one spot ahead of none other than Dez Bryant.

He had an underwhelming career at the University of Florida, especially given his lofty label as a recruit, as he hauled in 101 catches for 1,446 yards, and nine touchdowns in four seasons. The 6-foot, 198-pounder had seven touchdowns in his first two years and was a member of the Gators' national title team in 2008.

Thompson wasn't invited to the combine but aced his pro day in 2012. While pro day 40-yard dash times should always be looked at with skepticism, he ran 4.31, seconds, jumped 36.5 inches, had a 125-inch broad jump, and a three-cone of 6.96.

Those figures are almost identical to Texans' 2016 first-round pick Will Fuller.

Thompson spent one game in 2014 and 2015 training camp and preseason with Buffalo before an injury in practice in the week before the regular season led to him being waived with an injury settlement. Last year with the Chicago Bears, Thompson caught 22 passes for 249 yards with three touchdowns on 36 targets. Included in that stat line was an eight-grab, 110-yard performance against the Packers.

In five games with the Bears in 2017 before his release, the 28-year-old receiver parlayed 18 targets into 11 receptions for 125 yards with one score.

Interestingly, Thompson has already played the Buccaneers this year. He had five snags for 47 yards with one touchdown on five targets in the Bears' 29-7 victory in Week 2.

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