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WR Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

6-3, 224Born: 12-25-1987College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 0

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Thomas's targets are going down with Brock Osweiler running the Kubiak offense, but they are higher quality targets that get his run after catch ability in play. He's still at worst at strong WR2.

Week 12: vs New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Brock Osweiler won his first start 17-15 and looked comfortable in Gary Kubiak's offense while he did so, posting 20/27 for 250 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. He linked up with Demaryius Thomas early on (eight targets for 3/59/1 receiving) and found Cody Latimer later in the game (three targets for 2/22/1) - even in Emmanuel Sanders' absence (high-ankle sprain), Osweiler found ways to keep the ball moving downfield. We'll see if he can build on the momentum here in Week 12. The Patriots' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 252.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 pass scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 32 sacks generated (second). Osweiler was sacked five times for -31 yards last week - the Patriots will bring the heat to bear here in Week 12, you can be sure. Over the past four weeks (four games), this team has allowed the fifth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (16.4 on average); is sixth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.1); however, they have given up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (22.9). Last week a banged-up Tyrod Taylor could only muster 20/36 for 225 net passing yards with zero TDs or interceptions against the Patriots. The Patriots' pass D has been up and down during the season - this looks like a neutral matchup for Osweiler at home in Mile High Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs GB 53 0 0 0 11 8 168 0 0 16.8
9 at IND 47 0 0 0 7 5 50 0 0 5
10 vs KC 63 0 0 0 10 7 71 0 0 7.1
11 at CHI 58 0 0 0 8 3 59 1 0 11.9
12 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 7 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 7 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs CHI (8 / 3 / 59 / 1 rec)

With an offensive gameplan calling for plenty of 2- and 3-tight-end sets and no shots downfield, Demaryius Thomas saw little use against the Chicago Bears. He made his limited targets count, though, getting wide open on a slant on Denver's first drive, breaking multiple tackles, and tightroping the sideline for a 48-yard touchdown reception. That would account for the majority of his daily production, though, as Denver funneled its offense through its tight ends, instead.

2015 Week 10 vs KC (10 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)

While he had a few momentary lapses, (including a well-thrown deep ball to open the second half that went through his hands), Demaryius Thomas was in many ways the lone bright spot on offense for Denver against Kansas City, such as it was. With Sanders hurt for much of the game, Thomas was the only receiver capable of gaining separation consistently, and was a favorite target for both Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.

2015 Week 9 vs IND (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

A week after Denver's gameplan called for a heavy dose of Demaryius Thomas, the star receiver saw more muted usage against the Indianapolis Colts. Among Thomas' five receptions were conversions on 3rd-and-6, 3rd-and-11, and 3rd-and-14. Among the two incomplete targets, however, was a 50/50 throw on a deep out where Thomas stumbled and was beaten to the ball by the Colts defender, leading to an interception.

2015 Week 8 vs GB (11 / 8 / 168 / 0 rec)

Denver obviously saw something in the film of Green Bay's defense that they wanted to exploit, because they went to Demaryius Thomas on intermediate crossing routes early and often. With the running game drawing defenders closer to the line of scrimmage, Thomas did not disappoint, taking advantage of the extra space to gain first down after first down and help the offense march down the field at will. Thomas had a few catches with huge yards-after-the-catch totals, and also hauled in a perfectly-thrown deep ball down the sidelines. The only thing lacking from his prodigious stat line was a touchdown, and Thomas was inches away from adding one of those, too-- after breaking a tackle in the red zone, Thomas ran the ball to the goal line and was tackled inches short.

2015 Week 6 vs CLE (17 / 10 / 111 / 0 rec)

Demaryius Thomas continued to be a target hog against the Cleveland Browns, and showed the same intermittent flashes of greatness and mental lapses that have defined his career so far. Thomas continues to be heavily targeted on wide receiver screens, but rarely was able to gain yards after the catch. An exception came on a rare 4th-and-4 attempt for Denver's offense where Thomas caught an immediate pass and broke the first tackle to lunge forward and convert. Thomas did most of his damage against Cleveland on intermediate-to-deep sideline passes, though, such as a deep out to convert on 3rd-and-7. Thomas did not end the game on a high note, however, with a pair of drops in the final two minutes with Denver attempting to win the game in regulation. One of the drops came on a 15-yard strike from Peyton Manning over the middle where Thomas had nothing but green grass around him and could have possibly had a huge gain to set up the game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, Thomas turned his head and started looking downfield before first securing the football, and Denver eventually had to earn the win in overtime.

2015 Week 5 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)

Demaryius Thomas' afternoon featured a mix of the same things he's faced all season-- short passes with minimal yards after the catch, occasional intermediate successes, and deep targets that hung up forever and he had no chance at. Thomas did have a drop on 3rd-and-6, but he was two yards shy of the first down and draped with a defender, besides. Thomas also received his first red zone target of the season after leading the league in the category last year, but he could not haul it in. Thomas was also the target on Peyton Manning's second interception, but the ball was short and a defender was able to play it better.

2015 Week 4 vs MIN (12 / 9 / 93 / 0 rec)

It's been a long time since Demaryius Thomas was able to recapture the magic on receiver screens that he demonstrated in 2013. This week was no different, as more than half of his catches gained five or fewer yards, (none of them converting for a first down). Thomas was swarmed under immediately on all short receptions, and couldn't make anyone miss or break out of contact. On the other hand, his production on intermediate targets continued to be strong, with a pair of mid-range completions, one of which afforded Thomas enough room to make the first defender miss and pick up another fifteen yards after the catch.

2015 Week 3 vs DET (13 / 9 / 92 / 1 rec)

Demaryius Thomas had one of his all-too-common up-and-down games for the Broncos against Detroit, mixing sublime plays and frustrating plays in equal measure. On the good side of the ledger, Thomas deployed his huge size to good effect on several occasions to win contested catches, including on a deep touchdown on 4th-and-1 to end the first half that included his longest run after contact of the season. On the other hand, Thomas had a pair of ugly drops and a terrible fumble where he reached the ball out trying to convert on 3rd-and-5, only to lose hold of the football and give it away.

2015 Week 2 vs KC (14 / 8 / 116 / 0 rec)

If football games were 57 minutes long, Demaryius Thomas rate as little more than a footnote in Denver's loss to Kansas City. To that point, Thomas had five catches for 62 yards with just two first downs. Fortunately, games go for a full 60 minutes; in the final three minutes, with Denver down seven and needed a touchdown to tie, Thomas caught three balls for 54 more yards and three first downs, including perhaps the catch of the game where he elevated over traffic to snatch a laser from Manning. In addition, on a do-or-die 3rd-and-8, Thomas used his bulk to box out a smaller defender and convert for a new set of downs. While the lack of yards after the catch continue to be troubling from a receiver who for the past two years has done the majority of his damage with the ball in his hands, the final drive offered an enticing glimpse of the physical gifts that leave Thomas routinely mentioned among the best receivers in the NFL.

2015 Week 1 vs BAL (11 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)

With Manning looking uncomfortable against Baltimore's defense, Demaryius Thomas was used as he often is, with Denver feeding him a steady diet of short manufactured touches and hoping he could make something happen with them. Only one of Thomas' eleven targets was more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. While the double-digit targets were a good sign after a rusty preseason, Thomas' long gain was just 11 yards as he was unable to break a long one.


Latest News

Broncos | Demaryius Thomas goes without TD again (Mon Nov 16, 12:13 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas posted team highs with seven catches and 71 yards in the Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was targeted a game-high 10 times.

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