Acquiring tight end Julius Thomas this offseason from the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins added what was once considered the best tight end in the NFL. Still in his prime despite some down seasons with the Jags, Julius Thomas is expected to not only be a playmaker for Miami, but a potential go-to guy for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense.
However, the Dolphins did not make their decision on trading for Thomas by themselves. With two members of the staff having worked with a Hall of Fame quarterback, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen decided to reach into his contacts in order to find out some information about the attitude and commitment of Thomas. Who better to ask after all than his former quarterback, Peyton Manning.
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Reaching out to Manning — his former quarterback during Christensen’s time with the Colts — Christensen got the approval and backing he was looking for in Thomas. Speaking about what Manning said to him to convince him that Thomas was the right player for the Miami Dolphins offense, Christensen revealed that Thomas was a player that wanted to learn.
Talking to Manning, Peyton revealed that Thomas always was asking “Would you stay out and help me with this? Take me through this. Would you watch a little tape with me? Would you explain what you want on this?” According to Christensen, Thomas has done much of the same since he arrived in Miami and got back to working with former offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
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During his time with the Denver Broncos, Julius Thomas became one of the NFL’s best stories. Coming out of nowhere, Thomas was a massive end zone target for Manning and the Broncos offense. Receiving recognition across the league, Thomas eventually left Denver for a big payday with the Jaguars.
However, arriving in Jacksonville, Thomas instantly saw a major drop off in production. Reuniting with Adam Gase in Miami, many believe that he could return to his Denver form in Miami. If he does, such a move will instantly bring the Dolphins offense to another level. His potential success will also show that reaching out to Hall of Fame quarterbacks for advice is potentially a good idea.