Wide receivers in the NFL are extremely valuable to a team and Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has been a reliable option for the team since his arrival. He had his first breakout year with in 2012 where he caught for 94 catches, 1,434 yards and ten touchdowns. For the next four seasons after 2012, Thomas has caught for over at least 1,000 yards.
He was getting the ball thrown to him from one of the best quarterbacks in history, Peyton Manning, who helped Thomas improve his game. Thomas had Trevor Siemian as a quarterback for the majority of the season last year. Now Thomas may be catching passes from either Siemian or Paxton Lynch this year. Can Thomas still produce whether it’s Siemian or Lynch throwing the ball?
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Thomas should keep producing for a couple more years because his size and and speed make him a valuable player for the Broncos. He is entering this season at age 29, but he hasn’t shown anything that could make us think his value is going down. For the past five seasons, he has caught for over 1,000 yards.
Having Peyton Manning as the Broncos quarterback from 2012 to 2015 certainly made Thomas become a premier receiver in the entire league. Last season, Thomas was catching the ball from Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch but he still managed to end the season with 90 catches, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. The Broncos had a down year, but Thomas didn’t.
No matter who is the starting quarterback for the Broncos heading into Week 1, expect Thomas to keep producing and causing trouble for secondaries. Whether it’s Lynch or Siemian taking the snaps, they should definitely keep utilizing Thomas in the passing game. Another reason why Thomas can still produce is the running game.
The running game that has C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker and Jamaal Charles isn’t as dangerous to opposing defenses’. The Broncos’ offense may be more of a passing type this year just like recent years. This will set up the receivers to be productive, especially Thomas as the number one option.