It's amazing the things that can turn the fortunes of a team during the season: a toe out of bounds, a phantom penalty, a freak snow storm.
Or in the case of Michael Thomas and the Miami Dolphins, a decision to roll over in bed and finally look at his phone.
The defensive back made two big plays Sunday on passes thrown by Tom Brady in the waning moments of Miami's victory at Sun Life Stadium — plays he wouldn't have been able to make had he waited, oh, another half-hour or so to check his phone last Monday morning. On the phone were missed calls and texts from his agent, Christina Phillips, who warned Thomas the Dolphins would move on if he didn't get back to her pronto.
Thomas was a member of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad at the time, so the Dolphins needed his consent to sign him to their active roster. It was 10:20 a.m. PT, but it was already afternoon in South Florida and the Dolphins had to make their move.
Thomas got back to them in time. Six days later, he knocke...