Former UofA star Thomas hoping for happy homecoming in AZ

There’s no place like home.

At least that’s what Mike Thomas is hoping. The former University of Arizona standout wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals Tuesday just a day after being released by the Detroit Lions.

“It’s awesome to be back here,” the 5’8, 198-pound Thomas told the assembled media after his firstΒ  workout Tuesday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium. “Just with the sunny skies and a clear vision again. It’s a good feeling.”

What’s unclear is where Thomas fits amongst a host of new receivers trying to earn a roster spot behind returners Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and second-year pro Michael Floyd. It’s believed new head coach Bruce Arians will likely keep five to six.

Regardless, Thomas is excited for the opportunity.

“As athletes that’s what we all hope for and wish for,”Β  he explained. “When you come to a new team. Just the opportunity to get out there and play. I feel like I do have that here. I’m eager to get back out there and go to work. I’m excited about it.”

Thomas provides the versatility Arians likes. He has just under 1800 career receiving yards with seven touchdown. He’s also rushed for 268 yards on 34 carries in 61 career games (32 starts).

Fitzgerald will be bounce back in a big way with Carson Palmer under center after a poor (by his standards) 2012. Floyd has impressed in camp but it’s still unknown if he can translate it in regular season action. Robert Gill and another UofA product Dan Buckner are among those trying to land a spot. Both are rookies.

The Red Birds (2-0) play their next pre-season game Saturday night against the San Diego Chargers in Glendale.