John Elway is forever working, it seems.
After winning free agency by signing a whirlwind of new talent, now Elway is setting his sights on re-signing two important Broncos pass-catchers; Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas.
“We’d like to get something done before the beginning of camp,” Elway told the Denver Post. “We don’t want to do anything once training camp starts. They’re both in their last years, and we’d like for them to stay and be Broncos for a long time.”
For Demaryius Thomas, it’s been a rise to the top of NFL wide receivers. Originally drafted in the first round of 2010, his career started somewhat slowly due to an achilles injury coming out of college. Each year nearly every one of his stats has improved across the board, with DT reeling in an NFL-high 14 touchdown catches in 2013.
It’s not just that he catches the football well; Thomas is the team’s most physical wide receiver, successfully utilizing his 6’3″ 225-pound frame to box-out smaller defenders and sky high above them for receptions. Add in that he’s the most difficult player in the NFL to tackle — his NFL-high 704 yards after the catch are proof — and there’s a good reason Elway wants him around for many more years to come.
As for Julius Thomas, the tight end has had to work his way to near-elite status. After only playing one year of competitive football before the NFL, the Broncos gambled when they found him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. That gamble didn’t pay off for the first two seasons as “Orange Julius” was injured both in 2011 and 2012. Incredibly, he had one reception before 2013, when Julius Thomas exploded onto the scene.
Last year, he became one of the most talented pass-catching tight ends in the NFL today; JT racked up 65 receptions for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. Both Thomases were part of the Broncos’ NFL record five players to score 10-plus touchdowns, each were instrumental to the Denver offense which scored more points (606) than any other team, ever.
With both Thomases, the Broncos will be in good hands. Or is that, have good hands?
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