WR Demaryius Thomas - New York Jets
|6-3, 224||Born: 12-25-1987||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2010|
2018 Week 1 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Keenum looked to Thomas plenty, but the two struggled to connect on anything other than short curls and slants. Thomas had a bit of a rough start in the first half, letting a couple of passes clang off his hands and getting called for a holding penalty. DT had a great catch and run late in the first that picked up 23 yards and moved the Broncos out of their own end zone. Denver was down on their own 2 yard line until Thomas caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and wove his way through defenders for the pickup. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a late touchdown in the 4th quarter. Denver drove down to the Seattle 4 yard line and Thomas made an amazing toe-tapping effort as he fell out of bounds on a quick out route from Keenum. Thomas finished with 10 targets to Sanders' 11, but Sanders had a much better day. Still, the offense clearly runs through the top two receivers.
2018 Week 2 vs OAK (11 / 5 / 18 / 0 rec)
Thomas dominated the target totals with 11, but he was completely ineffective with them. Thomas sniffed paydirt when he caught a slant route in the Raiders end zone in the 3rd quarter, but he was brought down at the 1 yard line. Thomas had a bad drop on an open curl route late in the third, then another brutal drop during the final two minute drill of the game. His completions were quick slants or bubble screens that just went no where. Thomas was targeted once down the right sideline on a deep ball in the 3rd, but Keenum overthrew him.
2018 Week 3 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Thomas didn't put up a big fantasy day, but he did look much sharper than he did in week 2. He lined up wide left and hauled in a curl route for short gain to start his day late in the 1st quarter. Thomas hauled in an out route in the 2nd quarter that missed converting 3rd and 7 by mere inches. Thomas hauled in a deep post for a huge gain in the 3rd quarter, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. DT made a beautiful adjustment on a back shoulder throw later in the drive, hauling in the pass over his defender down the right sideline for a 22 yard gain. Thomas drew a big PI flag in the 4th quarter the kept a Denver drive alive, then caught a 9 yard curl route on the next play. Keenum hit Thomas one last time late in the 4th quarter on a skinny post that took Denver inside the Baltimore red zone. Thomas finished with 5 targets, trailing Sanders(8) and Booker(7).
2018 Week 4 vs KC (7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Thomas tied with Sanders and Heuerman for the most targets(7), but only managed 24 yards total. He lined up in the slot and had a nifty catch to convert 3rd and 6 at the end of the 1st quarter. Thomas made a really nice effort play to convert 4th and short at the end of the 1st half, but got stonewalled behind the line of scrimmage on the next play. Thomas hauled in a curl route down the left sideline on the final drive game, keeping the chains moving. DT got wide open down the right sideline with seconds left in the game, but Keenum threw the sure game-winning touchdown over his head.
2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)
Thomas hauled in his first target with a strong catch on an out route late in the 2nd quarter that picked up a first down on 2nd and long. He followed it up with a beautiful reception on a corner route from a 3WR bunch formation on the next play, deftly securing an over-the shoulder pass between two defenders for a big gain. Thomas hauled in a short slant route at the end of the 1st half, and was overthrown on a deep ball on 3rd and long on the next play. Thomas hauled in a deep comeback route for a nice gain up the left sideline on Denver's first offensive drive of the 2nd half. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a big 42 yard touchdown catch, lining up wide right and beating single man coverage down the right sideline. He secured the pass with an off balance fingertip catch and managed to stumble into the end zone. Keenum targeted Thomas on the ensuing two-point attempt but couldn't hit the receiver on a crossing route in the end zone. Thomas was out-targeted by Sanders 14-6.
2018 Week 6 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 57 / 1 rec)
Thomas wasn't heard from at all in the 1st half, but finally got on the board with a big 45 yard reception(his longest of the season so far) down the left sidelines in the 3rd quarter. It was a questionable pass by Keenum, but Thomas managed to backtrack to secure the underthrown pass. He let an easy catch clang off of his hands on a crossing route later in the same drive. Keenum hit him on a quick slant at the end of the 4th quarter for a 1st down in the Rams red zone. A couple of plays later, DT lined up in the left slot on the Rams goal line and caught a beautiful over the shoulder pass in the back of the end zone. The score brought Denver to within 3 points of the Rams, but Denver couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick with seconds remaining in the game. DT finished the game with just 4 targets total, tied with Sutton for 4th behind Sanders, Lindsay, and Heuerman.
2018 Week 7 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Thomas secured his first target on an out route that picked up a 1st down on third and long in the 1st quarter. His defender left him wide open on the sideline for another short completion on the next play. Keenum looked to Thomas on a bubble screen later in the 1st on 3rd and short, but a Cardinals player diagnosed the play early and brought Thomas down behind the line of scrimmage. Thomas made another strong catch near the sideline for a 1st down later in the 2nd quarter. Thomas converted 3rd and 11 with a precise out route with less than a minute remaining in the 1st half, setting up the Broncos last touchdown of the 2nd quarter. DT drew 6 total targets on a day that didn't see the Broncos passing much.
2018 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Thomas had another slow outing, catching three balls in the 1st half and disappearing in the 2nd. DT hauled in a shallow crossing route and turned it up the sideline for his first catch of the 1st quarter. He secured a slant route later in the quarter for 1st down yardage. DT caught a slant route in the 2nd quarter, and wasn't heard from on the stat sheet in the 2nd half of game. Thomas was the target of Keenum's interception, but it was an amazing diving effort by cornerback Kendall Fuller. Thomas caught a long pass from Keenum late in the 4th quarter, but couldn't get his feet down inbounds down the right sideline. Thomas led the team in targets with 7, but continues to be quite inefficient.
2018 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
The Texans had Demaryius Thomas involved early and two of his catches came on the first drive of the game. Thomas had a smoke screen go for 31 yards and then was hit for 18 yards on a deep in cutting route in front of two Broncos defensive backs. He also had a 12-yard reception on the next drive.
2018 Week 11 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas was only targeted once in the game and appears to have taken a backseat to Keke Coutee in the low volume passing game.
2018 Week 12 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 38 / 2 rec)
Bill O'Brien made it clear that the Texans needed to get Demaryius Thomas more involved in the offense and they did just that, especially in the redone. Thomas caught two touchdowns for the first time since 2014 and he also had 38 yards. He was a key target to get first downs but his work against Adoree Jackson for his touchdowns saw Thomas toe-tap right before going out of bound on two well thrown ball for only Thomas to pluck out of the air.
2018 Week 13 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
The Texans might get caught up on getting the ball to Hopkins but they are doing a better job on getting Demaryius Thomas involved in the offense. Thomas had reception for 15, 9 and 7. The 15-yard gain was on a good in-route deep in the middle of the field and his route opened up a nice window for Watson to hit him. There is still work to be done but they are working to keep Thomas involved in the offense.
2018 Week 14 vs IND (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Demaryius Thomas continues to find his way in this offense and his biggest play was on a nice deep in on a play action pass that Deshaun Watson hit him for 20-yards. Thomas continues to be used in smoke screen looks and on a 2nd and 19, Watson hit Thomas for a 19-yard catch and run that helped set up a touchdown. The Texans set up a good look for Thomas and was able to beat coverage on a corner route but Watson just put it just out of his reach. That would have been a big play and would have been a touchdown if he put it in the right spot.
2018 Week 15 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
His stats are not saying it but Demaryius Thomas is getting open and it is just a matter of Deshaun Watson getting him the football. Thomas had 6 receptions for 59 yards with his two longest receptions for 20 and 27 yards. On his 27-yard receptions, he caught a comeback put a move on the defensive back and turned back inside to put up some yards after the catch. Then on his 20-yard reception, he improvised on a broken play and worked up field and snagged a low pass from Watson to pick up a key first down. Thomas is getting his chances but it is up to Watson to get him the football so he can work.
2018 Week 16 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Thomas continued to be a reliable target when needed, his longest reception was 15 yards. He continued to work within the system but It ended up being the game no one wanted for Thomas after tearing his achilles trying to block on a smoke screen.
2017 Week 1 vs LAC (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Thomas missed several practices since injuring his groin in week 3 of the preseason, but the injury didn't appear to slow him any after resuming practice Wednesday in full. DT had a diving catch for a 11 yards on an out route in the 1st quarter. He let a good pass glance off his hands on a quick slant in the 3rd quarter, but Siemian went right back to him on the next play for a big gain on an over-the-shoulder catch down the right sideline. Thomas hauled in an out route for a 12 yard gain midway through the 3rd quarter. Though he did not find the end zone, DT finished the night with the team-high target, catch, and yardage totals.
2017 Week 2 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
Thomas got right to work on Denver's first drive, catching a quick slant for a short gain, then turning another curl into a big catch and run down the right sideline for a gain of 27, his longest of the day. Thomas looked sharp all day, working the short and intermediate game with slants, curls, and out routes. He was the intended target on a deep post when Siemian threw his 3rd quarter interception. It is unclear who miscommunicated on the play. Thomas was only targeted downfield the once, but this is hopefully just playcalling designed to deal with the wet, rainy conditions. We'll see if he gets to stretch the field a little more in week 3. Thomas tied with Sanders for most targets(8) and catches (6. Thomas had a slight edge in yards, but Sanders got the touchdowns this week.
2017 Week 3 vs BUF (9 / 6 / 98 / 0 rec)
Sanders led the team in targets by a considerable margin, but Thomas was able to do more with his, racking up 6 catches for 98 yards on his 9 targets. DT's biggest gain of the day was a deep comeback route down the right sideline at the end of the 2nd quarter. Thomas went up strong and used his frame to box out the defender for a gain of 29. Siemian looked for DT in the endzone late in the 3rd quarter, but the ball was knocked away by a defender. He had another big gain on a deep crossing route in the 3rd, catching the ball in stride and turning it up the right sideline. Siemian found Thomas on a deep corner route for a beautiful connection as the Broncos attempted a comeback late in the 4th quarter.
2017 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Thomas continued to be shut out of the end zone in week 4 with a terrible showing. He was targeted early in the 1st quarter on a deep route down the right sideline that was well defended. He drew a pass interference penalty on another deep route on the next drive that set Denver up in the red zone, but disappeared until he finally caught a quick comeback route at the end of the 1st half. Siemian looked for DT on a slant route in the end zone late in the 3rd quarter, but the pass was batted up into the air at the LOS by a defensive lineman. Two plays later Siemian threw a skinny post route that glanced off Thomas' fingertips in the end zone. DT finished the day with the lone catch for 11 yards on 5 targets.
2017 Week 6 vs NYG (14 / 10 / 133 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the only source of offense for the Broncos in the 1st half. He caught a short curl route then had a 12 yard gain negated by a holding penalty in the 1st quarter. He hauled in a slant route for a good gain later in the 2nd quarter, then followed it up with a deep curl route from the slot position for another 1st down. Thomas hauled in another pass later in the drive and had the ball pop out as he was tackled, but the ball was ruled down by contact. Siemian targeted Thomas on a deep route down the right sideline on the next play, drawing a pass interference penalty for a big gain. Siemian went back to Thomas yet again 2 plays later, sailing the pass high and into the arms of safety Landon Collins. DT's biggest catch of the day was a deep seam down the left side of the field late in the 2nd. Thomas was completely bracketed by two defenders, but leaped over them in-stride for a 40 yard catch. Siemian looked his way in the end zone on the next play, but the ball was swatted away by a defender. Thomas stayed hot in the 2nd half, hauling in a deep comeback route for a 25 yard gain on a well-executed play action pass in the 3rd quarter. Eli Apple stripped the ball from Thomas' grasp after a short catch at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Thomas pulled in a deep crossing route on the next drive, then saved the drive on 4th and 15 by drawing a pass interference call on a deep route near the end zone. Thomas left the game briefly in the 4th quarter with an injury, but was able to return and finish the game. X-rays came back negative and Thomas could continue to soak up a heavy target volume if Sanders misses time with an ankle injury.
2017 Week 7 vs LAC (6 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Thomas did not appear limited by the calf injury that kept him out of a couple practices last week, but he did draw stout coverage from Casey Hayward as the Bolts defensive front terrorized Siemian. DT caught a quick screen in the 1st quarter that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. Thomas had an 81 yard catch and run down the right sideline negated by a very questionable offensive pass interference penalty in the 3rd quarter. Despite Sanders' absence, Thomas only drew 7 targets.
2017 Week 8 vs KC (9 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a slow 1st quarter but heated up as the Broncos began moving him around the formation to find more opportunistic matchups in coverage. DT did most of his damage up the seam or outside the numbers on out routes and curls.. Siemian targeted DT in the end zone at the end of the 3rd quarter, drawing a big pass interference flag on Thomas' defender. Siemian found Thomas on a deep crossing route for a big gain early in the 4th quarter. Thomas was the target on Siemian's 4th quarter interception, but the ball should have never been thrown as Siemian was running full speed towards the opposite side of the field.
2017 Week 9 vs PHI (12 / 8 / 70 / 1 rec)
Thomas, the only player to survive Osweiler's reuturn with any fantasy relevance, posted a team-high 12 targets. Emmanuel Sanders posted the next-highest target total with 12. Osweiler found Thomas on a slant for the first play of the day, and continued to look his way, oftentimes forcing the ball. Thomas was the target of Osweiler's first interception on a slant route that should have never been thrown. DT made a nice contested catch on a deep curl route in the 2nd quarter, then caught a deep crossing route two plays later. Thomas caught a crossing route inside the Philadelphia 10 yard line later in the drive, but couldn't shake the last defender between him and the end zone. Thomas was also the target on Osweiler's second interception. The QB threw the ball straight up into the air in the face of a pass rush, resulting in an easy pick for the deep safety. Thomas caught a WR bubble screen and followed his blockers to the Philadelphia 2 yard line in the 4th quarter. After a failed rushing attempt, Denver dialed up the same bubble screen to Thomas and he scored from the 2 yard line, ending his season long touchdown drought.
2017 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 5 / 44 / 1 rec)
Thomas lined up in the backfield and hauled in his first target, a swing pass for a minimal gain in the 1st. Thomas was targeted again on a short out route later in the 1st, nearly breaking a tackle for a bigger gain. Osweiler found Thomas for Denver's only touchdown of the day in the 3rd quarter. Lined up on the 7 yard line, Thomas split out wide right and worked his way inside on a crossing route, using his big frame to box out his defender for the score. Thomas had a nice stiff-arm on an out route later in the 4th, picking up extra yardage after the catch. Thomas finished well behind Sanders in catches and yards, but managed to save his fantasy performance with the TD.
2017 Week 11 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
Thomas was held without a catch in the 1st half against the Bengals. He let an easy catch bounce off his hands on a 1st quarter slant route. Thomas had a step on his defender and was open in the end zone two plays before CJ Anderson's 1st quarter touchdown run, but Osweiler had to scramble away from pressure and missed the throw. Osweiler also misfired on a bubble screen to Thomas later in the 2nd quarter. DT finally got rolling in the 3rd quarter, hauling in a slant route from the left receiver position for his first catch. Osweiler connected with him four times on the Broncos' 4th quarter scoring drive. He found DT on a skinny post route and a short crossing route two plays later. Thomas hauled in a short swing route from the slot to move Denver into the Cincy red zone, then sealed the drive with a beautiful over-the-shoulder fade route down the left sidelines for a touchdown two plays later.
2017 Week 12 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 18 / 0 rec)
Thomas' performance was hindered by poor quarterback play. Neither quarterback had any success pushing the ball downfield to DT, completing only high-percentage throws like bubble screens and slants. DT caught a swing pass behind the line of scrimmage from the slot for a short gain on his first target of the day late in the 1st quarter. Lynch targeted him on the same play later in the drive for no gain. DT picked up a couple yards on a slant route in the 2nd quarter. Lynch did look for him deep down the right sideline near the end of the first half, but it was batted away by tight coverage. DT caught a curl route on the left sideline for another short gain in the 3rd. DT's longest reception was a tough catch in traffic on another slant from backup Siemian in the 4th quarter that yielded a paltry 6 yards. Thomas led the team with 8 targets and should be Denver's number 1 option in the passing game going forward, for whatever that's worth.
2017 Week 13 vs MIA (10 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Thomas led the team with 10 targets but only managed to secure two of them as Siemian struggled mightily. DT was targeted on a slant route inside the Miami red zone early in the 2nd, but a defender jarred the tough catch loose. He was the target on Siemian's 2nd interception of the day, a bad decision on an out route that was well covered and anticipated. Cornerback Xavien Howard read the play from the start, and undercut the throw before returning it for a touchdown. Thomas caught a short slant near the end of the 3rd quarter. He then beat his defender down the left sideline for what would have most likely been a long touchdown if Siemian had not underthrown the ball. Thomas hauled in a curl route on the left sideline for a 20 yard catch-and-run up the sideline late in the 4th quarter.
2017 Week 14 vs NYJ (12 / 8 / 93 / 1 rec)
Thomas was the focal point of Denver's offense, drawing 12 targets while no other receiver amassed more than 5. DT hauled in a shallow crossing route for a short catch-and-run early in the 1st quarter. Siemian looked for Thomas deep in the end zone at the end of the drive, but overthrew everyone involved. Thomas caught Siemian's first touchdown pass later in the 1st, a desperate heave on a fly route down the right sideline. Siemian threw the ball while falling backwards and Thomas managed to high point the ball over a defender who seemed disoriented by the afternoon sunlight. Thomas showed off his vertical leap again later in the 1st with a soaring catch on a deep curl route. DT drew a holding penalty on a late 2nd quarter incompletion, then converted 4th-and-1 later that drive with a curl route. Thomas was wide open for his biggest gain of the day, a 3rd quarter post route that picked up 25 yards.
2017 Week 15 vs IND (8 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
Thomas ceded a bigger share of his target total to Sanders in week 15, drawing 8 targets to Sanders' 9. He hauled in a quick slant route from Siemian on the Broncos opening drive. He was the target on Siemian's interception soon after, but the fault was on the quarterback for the terrible throw. DT hauled in a deep crossing route on the next drive, carrying the ball down to the Indy 5 yard line. Osweiler hit him on a another quick slant early in the 2nd quarter, and Thomas secured a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch on the following drive. Thomas drew a defensive holding penalty on 4th and 1 to extend a 3rd quarter drive that ended in a touchdown.
2017 Week 16 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Even with Sanders and Latimer out, DT couldn't get much going after the first drive. Osweiler hit Thomas with a play action pass for a 24 yard gain down the seam on the first play of the game. The two connected again two plays later on an out route that Thomas turned up the right sideline after the catch. DT then disappeared until the 4th quarter, drawing a holding penalty to extend a drive early in the final quarter. Osweiler found him on a crossing route on the next drive, but DT couldn't get anything going after the catch. He hauled in one last comeback route on the sideline, finishing the day behind Anderson and Booker in targets.
2017 Week 17 vs KC (8 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec)
Thomas hauled in a quick slant on the Broncos' second offensive drive of the game, limping off with a leg injury after being tackled. He returned a few plays later, lining up in the right slot and hauling in a skinny post on the next drive. DT was tackled behind the line of scrimmage on a shallow out route the following drive. Lynch hit Thomas across the middle early in the 2nd quarter for a 10 yard gain. Thomas picked up 11 yards with a bubble screen in the last minute of the first half. DT and Lynch never could get anything going downfield, but the two connected for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter. Thomas lined up as the inside man with two other receiver on the left side of the formation, catching an easy corner route after his defender tripped and fell at the line. DT finished the day tied with Taylor for a team-high 8 targets and 6 catches. With only 949 yards on the season, Thomas failed to make the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in five years.
2016 Week 1 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Denver's offense opened the game up with a nice play-action bubble screen to Thomas, who picked up 11 yards and a first down on the catch. Thomas caught his second target of the game on a curl route during Denver's next offensive drive. DT had a nice leaping grab on an out route later in the same drive to convert 3rd and 2. Thomas hauled in a beautiful pass on a deep post route to start the 2nd quarter, gaining 23 yards on his biggest play of the night. He drew a pass interference call two plays later in the same drive. Thomas displayed some great blocking as well, especially on the 25 yard halfback screen that CJ Anderson scored on in the 4th quarter. DT was targeted on the goal line late in the 4th on a crossing route, but a defender popped him right when the ball hit his hands, jarring it loose. It was reported that Thomas was scheduled for an MRI Friday because of a hip injury, though he did not miss any significant time during Thursday's game and did not appear limited at any point. If Thomas were to miss time, it is unclear who would pick up the slack in his absence. Jordan Taylor seems a likely candidate, but no one on the team has the unique combination of size/strength/and speed that makes Thomas such a home run threat on even short completions.
2016 Week 2 vs IND (7 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec)
If Thomas' hip bothered him at all, he sure didn't show it on his first reception of the day. DT lined up wide left and Siemian looked his way for a WR quick screen, but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Thomas scooped up the fluttering pass and shot downfield in between defenders, ripping off 44 yards on one of the catch-and-run plays that show how dangerous he is regardless of what route he's running. DT had a bad drop later in the 1st quarter. Siemian laid a beautiful pass right over the defender and into Thomas's hands deep down the left sideline, but Thomas couldn't secure the ball for the catch. Thomas came back on the next drive and caught Siemian's first pass on a nice curl route for 10 yards. Thomas drew a pass interference call deep down the field in the 2nd quarter to set the Broncos up in the red zone, and another late in the 4th quarter to extend another Broncos drive. DT had another nice reception on an out route at the end of the 2nd quarter to help set the Broncos up for a last-second field goal. Thomas made a great effort on a late 4th quarter reception, catching a slant and stretching for a 1st down despite having two defenders hanging off his back. DT, despite his hip injury, was by far the most effective receiver for the Broncos, with 90 yards on 5 catches. His 7 targets were second only to Sanders' 8.
2016 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)
Thomas gathered the second most targets on the team, but the difference between him(7 targets) and team leader Sanders (13 targets) was pretty significant. DT reeled in his first target of the day late in the 1st quarter for a short gain on a slant, then followed it up with another short catch on a curl route on the next play. Thomas was targeted a third consecutive time on the next play, but the bail sailed high and DT's defender drew an illegal contact penalty in the back of the end zone. Thomas lost a fumble during Denver's first drive of the 2nd half. DT caught the ball on a slant route for a nice gain, but cornerback Adam Jones punched the ball loose on the tackle and Cincinnati recovered. DT saved what would have been a slow statistical day with a beautiful touchdown late in the 4th quarter. He split out wide left with three other receivers in a bunch on the right side of the formation. Siemian took the snap and DT streaked down the field. Cincinnati's defender was all over Demaryius, but the big receiver went up over the shorter corner and hauled in the pass, dancing away to the end zone for a 55 yard TD to ice the game. This play was the only deep throw to Thomas all day.
2016 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 6 / 94 / 1 rec)
Though Thomas was outpaced by Emmanuel Sanders in the target department for the 4th consecutive week this year(7 for DT, 13 for Sanders), he still gained more yards on his 6 catches and found the end zone early in the 1st quarter. Thomas scored on Denver's first offensive play of the game. An Aqib Talib interception set the Broncos up inside of the Tampa Bay red zone, and Thomas caught a short curl route before dodging a couple of defenders and scampering into the end zone. DT made a leaping grab over a defender on a 2nd quarter deep route to set the Broncos up inside Tampa Bay's red zone, eventually leading to CJ Anderson's touchdown run. Thomas got his legs knocked out from under him on the catch and went down awkwardly, limping off with what looked to be an aggravation of his hip injury from previous weeks. He left briefly but returned and finished the game. Emmanuel Sanders was targeted heavily by rookie QB Paxton Lynch after he entered the game, but Lynch finally started looking Thomas's way in the 3rd quarter with a nice connection on a post right on the right side of the field. Lynch found Thomas again down the left sideline early in the 4th quarter for a nice catch-and-run off of play action.
2016 Week 5 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 49 / 1 rec)
Thomas was targeted 7 times on the day, just shy of the 9 targets that Emmanuel Sanders drew. Sanders led yardage and target totals, but it was Thomas who got the late score. Despite aggravating his old hip injury last week, Thomas did not look to be slowed by the ailment. DT caught his first pass of the day late in the 1st quarter on a shallow crossing route. Thomas showed great focus on a 3rd quarter reception that was deflected by an Atlanta defender, reaching backwards with one hand to pluck the ball after it had bounced off of the defender's hands. The catch fell just short of 1st down yardage on 3rd and 14, however. Thomas was targeted on a deep ball late in the 4th that would have significantly padded his yardage stats, but the big receiver couldn't quite secure the ball, which was a bit high, but definitely close enough for a player of his caliber to reel in. Thomas saved his fantasy day with a short touchdown reception late in the 4th quarter. Lined up in a trio bunch formation on the right side of the offense, DT caught a quick pass from Lynch and was immediately stonewalled at the goal line. He kept his feet and managed to deftly reach his right arm out from the scrum to break the plane briefly with the football. It was Denver's only touchdown of the day.
2016 Week 6 vs SD (10 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Thomas led the team in targets(10) for the first time this season, but struggled along with the rest of the Denver offense. He drew his first target in the 2nd quarter, on a 3rd and 7 crossing route that was overthrown by Siemian. DT got leveled after his first catch on a short out route later in the 2nd. Thomas gathered several targets on Denver's first drive of the 3rd quarter, catching a short slant for a 6 yard gain and missing an overthrown pass on a deep crossing route. Thomas was targeted on a deep route down the right sideline later in the 3rd, but the play was closely defended by San Diego. Siemian again missed Thomas high on a wide open crossing route in the 3rd quarter. Thomas was targeted in the end zone on an over-the-shoulder throw in the 4th quarter, but he couldn't quite get both feet down inbounds as he made a beautiful catch. Thomas was targeted again in the end zone on the next play, but Siemian overthew him on a well-defended slant route. Thomas's last reception of the night was a slant route for 8 yards later in the 4th. Thomas killed a late 4th quarter drive with a fumble, losing a deep slant route that would have gone for a big gain. San Diego linebacker Jatavis Brown popped the ball out on the tackle, driving his helmet through the ball perfectly.
2016 Week 7 vs HOU (10 / 6 / 40 / 1 rec)
Thomas led the team in targets for the 2nd week in a row, and had a couple of narrowly missed opportunities for some big yardage plays. Thomas got drilled for no gain on his first reception of the game, a WR bubble screen on Denver's first drive. DT had a beautiful catch on a deep crossing route negated by a holding penalty later in the 1st quarter. Thomas caught a slant route for a gain of 11 at the start of the 2nd quarter, then a quick out route, and another short slant route inside the Houston 10 yard line later in the same drive, which eventually ended with a CJ Anderson touchdown run. DT scored Denver's 2nd touchdown of the day on a short out route right over the goal line in the 2nd quarter. Thomas split out to the left of the formation with 3 bunched receivers on the right side at the Houston 5. At the snap, Thomas cut left to the side of the end zone and hauled in the pass just before he reached the corner. Thomas missed another big gain late in the 4th when he let a back shoulder throw on a deep curl clang off of his hands. It was a tough ball that had him twisted around backwards for the catch, but he did get both hands on it.
2016 Week 8 vs SD (10 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Thomas and Sanders tied with 10 targets each in week 8, and the Broncos tried to get both receivers involved in the downfield passing game. Thomas had 1 more catch and a slight edge in yardage. The Broncos dialed up a deep ball to Thomas early, as Siemian targeted him on a deep corner route with his 2nd pass attempt of the day. Thomas was unable to haul in the pass against tight coverage. Later in the drive, Thomas hauled in 2 consecutive slant routes that each picked up 1st downs. Thomas was quiet for the middle quarters until hauling in a sideline catch in the 4th to get the Broncos out of their own end zone. DT finished his day and nearly scored on a late 4th quarter deep ball that he hauled in with a highlight reel catch, leaping over his defender before hitting the turf and rolling out of bounds at the 3 yard line for a 40 yard gain.
2016 Week 9 vs OAK (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Thomas drew 10 targets to Emmanuel Sanders' 11, with DT getting more looks in the 1st half. Thomas missed a couple of early targets and didn't snag his first reception until midway through the 2nd quarter. Siemian was facing stiff pressure from the defense, and threw a deep ball up to Thomas, who was able to high-point it over his shorter defenders for a 23 yard gain. Thomas caught a slant route for 12 yards in the last minutes of the 2nd quarter, as the Broncos tried to drive down with the 2 minute offense. He followed the play up with another catch on a slant for a short gain. DT jumped over a defender for another short gain on a crossing route to help the Broncos set up a field goal later in that same drive. Thomas drew a pass interference call on a deep route in the 3rd quarter that got the Broncos out of their own endzone. Emmanuel Sanders drew most of the targets in the 2nd half, leaving Thomas to finish with 5 catches for 56 yards.
2016 Week 10 vs NO (11 / 8 / 87 / 1 rec)
Thomas had one of his best games of the year against the Saints. He got to work early, hauling in Siemian's first pass attempt of the game one-handed on a play action bootleg for a 14 yard gain. Thomas drew a deep target down the left sideline in the 1st quarter, but he was slowed down by some questionable contact from his defender and could not haul in the pass. DT made another amazing one-handed grab in the 2nd quarter on a crossing route. Siemian launched a bullet on 3rd and long that was a bit high for Thomas, but he extended his right arm and deftly plucked it out of the air for a 1st down. Thomas hauled in a deep curl route later in the 3rd, and a post route at the end of the quarter to set the Broncos up in the New Orleans red zone. Thomas scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter on a jump ball from Siemian. With the Broncos on the 2 yard line, Thomas split out to the left of the formation and used his height advantage to secure the lofty pass from Siemian over cornerback Delvin Breux. DT finished the day with 8 catches for 87 yards and a score on 11 targets.
2016 Week 12 vs KC (8 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a slow week 12, falling behind Sanders in targets, receptions, and yards with 5 catches on 8 targets for 60 yards. DT was shadowed a lot by Marcus Peters, who had a solid game in coverage. This left Sanders open for a huge day. Thomas had a short gain on a quick slant to start the Broncos' first offensive drive. He hauled his biggest gain (24 yards) down the left sideline early in the 3rd quarter, leaping over his defender for the acrobatic catch. He secured a quick slant in tight coverage for a gain of 6 at the very end of the 3rd. He hauled in another slant route for 9 in overtime, also drawing a pass interference penalty to set the Broncos up in the Kansas City redzone in overtime.
2016 Week 13 vs JAX (10 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the only receiver who could get anything going with Lynch, as Lynch threw for only 104 yards total. DT let his first target of the day slip through his hands on a quick slant route during the Broncos' first drive of the day. He caught a short crossing route on Denver's second offensive drive of the day for a short gain, then converted 3rd and 6 with a curl route later in the 1st. Thomas was targeted on a play action deep ball down the right sideline about halfway through the 2nd quarter, but his defender knocked the ball away. Thomas caught one of his quick screens later in the 2nd for a short gain. Just before halftime, Thomas made a beautiful diving catch on a low thrown crossing route from Lynch to help set the Broncos up in field goal range. DT caught a short curl route for a gain of 7 later in the 3rd quarter, finishing his day with 6 catches on a team-high 10 targets for 61 yards total.
2016 Week 14 vs TEN (16 / 10 / 126 / 0 rec)
DT maintained a slight edge in targets(16) over Emmanuel Sanders(14) during what was a very busy day for both. Thomas started out a little slower than Sanders, then really started to draw heavy targets from Siemian later in the game. He caught a quick pass at the line of scrimmage on his first target of the day, turning upfield and running over a defender for a short gain. He made a beautiful one-handed snag over the middle in the 1st quarter for his second catch of the day. DT made the longest play of the game in the 3rd quarter. QB Siemian was falling away from stiff pressure and heaved a prayer up to Thomas, who was sprinting down the right sideline. Thomas had to stop his route and come back to the ball, but he secured it in between defenders for a 34 yard gain. Thomas caught a deep curl route and took it down to the Titans 4 yard line a couple of plays later. Siemian targeted Thomas on a jump ball in the back corner of the end zone on 3rd and goal of the same drive, but a Titans defender knocked the ball away. Thomas sniffed the end zone again on the next drive, as Trevor Siemian scrambled around at the 20 yard line and found Thomas on a somewhat improvised crossing route. DT secured the catch and was tackled at the 3 yard line. Siemian targeted him on the next play on a comeback route to the front pylon, but the ball was thrown to low and skipped to the receiver. Thomas caught a curl route on the drive following Emmanuel Sanders' touchdown reception, fighting through defenders after the catch to pick up 1st down yardage. Siemian heaved a bomb down the right sideline to a sprinting Thomas on the next play, but DT couldn't quite get under the ball in the end zone. Thomas made a beautiful diving grab near the sideline to take the Broncos down to the Titans' 7 yard line on the same drive. Thomas made three more consecutive grabs on two identical out routes and a quick curl to move the chains for the Broncos next and final offensive drive late in the 4th quarter.
2016 Week 15 vs NE (11 / 7 / 91 / 0 rec)
DT caught a deep curl route for gain of 23 on his first target of the day. The 1st quarter reception was his longest of the game. Thomas secured a toe-tapping catch on the sideline from a scrambling Siemian late in the 1st. He made a strong catch in traffic on 3rd and long in the 2nd quarter, snatching the ball from the hands of a contesting defender on a curl route. Siemian dumped the ball off to Thomas on a 3rd and long later in the 3rd quarter, picking up decent yardage but not enough to make up the deficit. DT almost had a big gain down the left sideline in the 3rd quarter, but the ball was knocked away by a diving defender. Thomas hauled in another deep curl route late in the 4th for a decent gain. Devin McCourty gave Thomas a hard shot late in the 4th that knocked a reception loose and kept Thomas out of the game for several plays afterwards. DT did return to run routes after the hit. He finished the day with 7 receptions on a team high 11 targets for 91 yards. Thomas also recorded a solo tackle after Trevor Siemian's 2nd quarter interception.
2016 Week 16 vs KC (8 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Thomas was targeted with a deep ball down the left sideline in the 1st quarter that was badly overthrown by Siemian. After safety Simmons intercepted Alex Smith and returned the ball to the KC 6 yard line, DT lined up and caught a quick slant route, falling down just short of the goal line. Justin Forsett punched the ball in from the half-yard line on the next play. DT's next reception was an outside curl route on the left side of the field, good for a short gain. Thomas was targeted on a deep ball down the left sideline late in the 4th quarter that was underthrown and batted down by a defender. Siemian targeted DT again on the next play on a short curl route, good for 8 yards. Thomas finished the day 2nd in targets with 8, totaling 20 yards on 3 catches.
2016 Week 17 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the primary target in a slow game for the Denver passing offense, leading the team with 6 targets. Siemian overthrew him on a short out route on his first target of the game. He secured his second target for a gain of 14 yards in the 1st quarter. DT reeled in another short pass for 4 yards early in the 2nd quarter. Thomas's longest play of the day was a 26 yard gain late in the 3rd quarter that set the Broncos up in Oakland's red zone. DT finished the day with 4 catches for 47 yards, a bit of a disappointment considering Sanders' absence.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs NE (13 / 1 / 36 / 0 rec)
Midway through the 4th quarter, Demaryius Thomas was on his way to securing a not-so-great place in NFL history; since targets have been tracked in 1992, only three receivers drew 10 targets without recording a single reception. While Thomas managed to avoid that ignominious list with a phenomenal leaping 36-yard reception on Denver's go-ahead drive in the 4th, that wound up being his lone reception to show for his 13 targets. Some were off-target, but far too many of them were dropped or poorly played on the receiver's end. Know through his career for stunning displays of inconsistency, Thomas had largely put that reputation behind him through 2015; with any luck, Sunday's performance will be a blip on his record rather than a sign of things to come.
2015 Week 13 vs SD (6 / 6 / 61 / 1 rec)
What a difference a week makes. After catching virtually nothing against the New England Patriots, Demaryius Thomas hauled in all six of his targets against the San Diego Chargers, including an easy 3-yard touchdown on a shallow crossing route thrown right between the coverage. Thomas converted a pair of third-and-long situations with quick catch-and-run opportunities, and had a third such conversion called back when he was called for a (borderline) offensive pass interference penalty.
2015 Week 14 vs OAK (14 / 10 / 95 / 0 rec)
As has been his tendency his entire career, Demaryius Thomas combined flashes of excellence with moments of frustration against the Oakland Raiders. On the positive side of the ledger, Thomas had a physical catch-and-run at the end of the first half where he dragged three defenders down to the goal line, (and appeared to injure his shoulder on the play). He also had a great sideline catch with a defender draped all over him, and generally was the Bronco most consistently able to get open against the Raiders. At the same time, Thomas had a drop at the goal-line that forced Denver to settle for a field goal, a horrible lost fumble after initially converting 3rd-and-3, and a bad drop on 3rd-and-4 with Denver trying to drive for the tying field goal.
2015 Week 15 vs PIT (12 / 5 / 61 / 2 rec)
While Demaryius Thomas' play in recent weeks has been very up and down, against the Pittsburgh Steelers he showed slightly more up than down. After being used closer to the line of scrimmage, Demaryius had a chance to run some deeper, slower-developing routes, including an 18-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-10. Demaryius and Osweiler showed off better chemistry, especially when everything was clicking in the first half. Of course, it seemingly wouldn't be a game without Demaryius delivering a few poorly-timed drops, including an especially bad one shortly after Pittsburgh took the lead with Denver at midfield and hoping to tie it.
2015 Week 16 vs CIN (12 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec)
While he's struggled with drops in recent weeks, Demaryius Thomas made several phenomenal catches against the Cincinnati Bengals, including a dazzling 5-yard gain on 3rd-and-3 of Denver's eventual game-winning overtime drive; with his left arm pinned against his side by a defender, Thomas snatched the ball out of the air with his right and cradled it into his body as he went to the ground. While he was used almost exclusively in the short passing game, Thomas played well through contact and several times added extra yards at the end of his catches.
2015 Week 17 vs SD (9 / 5 / 117 / 1 rec)
Throughout his career, Demaryius Thomas has made a name for himself by taking short passes through the teeth of the defense for long touchdowns. Against the San Diego Chargers, Thomas added yet another such play to his career highlight reel, taking a quick sideline pass on Denver's second play, spinning out of the tackle attempt, outrunning two defenders while tight-roping the sideline, then cutting back to the middle of the field for a 72-yard score. The rest of his game couldn't match the excitement of that one play, but he was able to get wide open on an intermediate targets after Peyton Manning entered the game. Thomas also had a poorly-timed drop inside the 20-yard line with Denver trailing 20-17, on a drive where Denver had to settle for a field goal.
2015 Week 20 vs NE (7 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Thomas continues to have some very bad hand yips, as he is prone to dropping balls he shouldn't. That's been the case, unfortunately, all season and he's not really a factor in this offense. Nobody is intimidated by Thomas anymore, nor will they be if he can't turn it around for Super Bowl 50. Thomas is struggling with more than catching the ball though, as he isn't getting separation and is too easily handled by the secondary. The Patriots had no problems shutting him down on Sunday.
2014 Week 1 vs IND (11 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Consistency has been a problem with Demaryius Thomas in the past, and it reared its head once again against the Colts. Thomas finished with several drops, including dropping a well-executed screen pass that would have easily converted for a first down. After a key conversion in traffic on 3rd and 2, Thomas was the target on three straight incomplete passes at the goal line. On the first, he wasn't able to fight through a cornerback well enough on a fade route. On the second, he was double-covered. On the third, he fell down coming out of his break. He made a couple of key third-down conversions, and it was only one game, but on the whole Thomas was more of a liability than an asset to the Denver passing game.
2014 Week 2 vs KC (7 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
After a drop-filled week 1 performance, Demaryius Thomas played focused and angry against the Kansas City Chiefs, repeatedly catching short passes and weaving through the defense to turn them into big gains. Thomas' combination of size and speed was evident every time he touched the ball, and Kansas City was only able to answer it on one play, a short catch on 3rd-and-4 where the Chiefs brought Thomas down short of the first. Demaryius' biggest play of the night didn't even show up in the stat sheet; Thomas took a short pass, cut between two defenders, then accelerated away from the secondary for a 55-yard gain that could have easily been an 80-yard touchdown had Thomas not stepped out of bounds near the end. Unfortunately, the play was called back due to an ineligible man downfield penalty, as offensive tackle Chris Clark was three yards beyond the line of scrimmage at the time of the throw. In addition to his success after the catch, Demaryius Thomas caught a beautiful touchdown on a fade pass; tightly covered, Thomas had to bring the ball in with one hand while fending off the defender with his other.
2014 Week 3 vs SEA (9 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
While Demaryius Thomas was one of the few bright spots for Denver against Seattle in the Super Bowl, he played very poorly in the rematch. Thomas had one ugly drop and another pass that was initially ruled a catch and fumble, but which on replay was reversed, giving him a second drop; the replay was a fortunate break, as it appeared that Demaryius caught the football, got two feet down, and lost it with minimal contact, but the referees ruled that he had never made a "football move" with possession. Thomas missed two snaps with what was reported as a sore foot, and appeared limited by it at times. He was wide open on a deep pass, but was unable to accelerate up to it. He had another potential big gain that fell incomplete when he was unable to leap as high as he typically would. In all, Demaryius Thomas had almost no impact at all until the game's final drive, when he managed to convert a big 3rd-and-10 with a catch on the sideline while falling out of bounds. Thomas reprised his heroics near the boundary line with a game-tying two-point conversion; Thomas had Sherman in excellent coverage, but managed to secure the ball and get his toes down at the back of the end zone in a highlight-reel grab. Despite the late plays, on the whole, Demaryius had an awful afternoon.
2014 Week 5 vs ARI (16 / 8 / 226 / 2 rec)
After the game against the Arizona Cardinals, Peyton Manning's former coach Tony Dungy suggested that the quarterback had a habit of featuring WRs who were struggling to help break them out of their slump. The idea certainly seems plausible, as Demaryius was the clear focus of the game plan against a stout Arizona pass defense from start to finish, earning five targets on Denver's opening drive and never looking back from there. Thomas delivered on Manning's trust to the tune of a franchise-record 226 receiving yards, including six gains of 19 or more yards; those numbers don't even include a 77-yard touchdown reception that was called back due to a chop block penalty on Julius Thomas. Demaryius was unstoppable all over the field, doing damage in the short, intermediate, and deep game. Over 200 of his yards and both of his touchdowns came with Antonio Cromartie in coverage, and nearly two-thirds of his yards came after the reception, though Denver refrained from calling any of the WR screens that Demaryius has done so much damage on in the past.
2014 Week 6 vs NYJ (12 / 10 / 124 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas continued to show that all is well with his second big game of the season. Demaryius caught 10 of the 12 passes directed his way, including the first play of the game, a deep shot down the field that saw Thomas wide open and netted him 54 of his 124 yards. Demaryius' touchdown came on a play where everything went wrong for Denver, with Jets defenders bringing early pressure on Manning and Peyton forced to scramble out of trouble and just toss the ball at his biggest target in the middle of the field. After two straight weeks, it's safe to say that whatever concerns plagued Thomas early in the season seem to have been put behind him.
2014 Week 7 vs SF (9 / 8 / 171 / 2 rec)
Demaryius Thomas is an offensive weapon with the ball in his hands, and entered the game against San Francisco with more yards after the catch than yards through the air. Demaryius had a chance to show those skills off early with a 32-yard catch-and-run on 2nd-and-12, but he also demonstrated that that's not all there is to his game. Thomas caught a pair of beautifully-thrown deep passes from Manning for 40+ yards each, one for a touchdown. Demaryius Thomas also caught Manning's record-breaking 509th career touchdown on an out route in the end zone just before halftime. It was a spectacular catch, with Demaryius planting his front foot, dragging his back foot, and extending out for the ball all simultaneously, managing to coordinate a seemingly impossible grab that was confirmed on replay. After a slow September, Demaryius Thomas has really come alive since Denver's bye week, topping 8 receptions, 100 yards, and a touchdown for the third consecutive week. Thomas' 521 yards over the last three weeks is a team record for any three-week span.
2014 Week 8 vs SD (12 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec)
Demaryius Thomas continues to earn accolades as this week he broke the team record for most consecutive 100-yard games with his fourth straight. Thomas received a team-high 12 targets, as he spent most of the day lined up against reserve cornerback Shareece Wright and Manning continued to exploit the matchup. Demaryius didn't receive a deep target for the first time in weeks, and had a few issues with failing to secure catchable balls, but for the most part he did exactly what he was supposed to do; he physically dominated an overmatched opponent and helped Denver move the ball down the field.
2014 Week 9 vs NE (11 / 7 / 127 / 0 rec)
Demaryius Thomas spent about half of the game against New England working against Darrelle Revis, and while Manning completed all three of his targets with Revis in coverage (for 33 yards), the bulk of Thomas' damage was done against cornerback Brandon Browner, instead. Thomas also received Manning's deepest target of the game, going 41 yards on a pass that traveled mostly through the air despite the windy conditions. Thomas had to do most of his damage through the air, as New England's defense was always in position and limited his ability to gain yards after the catch.
2014 Week 10 vs OAK (14 / 11 / 108 / 0 rec)
Despite not reaching the end zone, Demaryius Thomas continued his red-hot play since Denver's bye, extending his franchise record for consecutive 100-yard games to six. Thomas had 14 targets against the Raiders, his second-highest total of the season. He was targeted downfield three times; he caught the first for 21 yards despite defensive holding, he drew defensive pass interference for 21 yards on the second, and the third was well-defended and broken up in the end zone. Otherwise, he spent most of the day catching short-to-intermediate gains around the line of scrimmage and keeping Denver in favorable down-and-distance situations.
2014 Week 11 vs STL (10 / 7 / 103 / 0 rec)
Lightly involved in the first half, Demaryius Thomas became a much larger part of Denver's offense in the second half after fellow receiver Emmanuel Sanders left with a concussion. Unfortunately, St. Louis was able to increase the defensive attention on Thomas, and he was unable to capitalize. While Thomas increased his team-record streak of 100-yard games to seven straight, (one shy of the NFL record), Thomas was unable to render any game-breaking plays against the Rams, who limited his yards after the catch on screens and who intercepted Manning once on a slightly underthrown deep pass for Thomas.
2014 Week 12 vs MIA (13 / 10 / 87 / 3 rec)
Against the Dolphins, Demaryius Thomas posted the second 3-touchdown game of his young career. Despite the scores, however, Thomas did not have a dominant day. More so than usual, Thomas' targets largely came within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, and outside of a 16-yard gain when Thomas cut back to the middle of the field, he failed to generate much after the catch. On Thomas' first touchdown, Miami attempted to jam him at the line of scrimmage and Thomas was able to muscle through it for a contested grab. His other two touchdowns both came on plays where Miami allowed him a free release and he ran a quick slant for a simple, uncontested score.
2014 Week 13 vs KC (13 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas' first catch of the night-- a 24-yard fade for a touchdown on 3rd-and-6-- proved an early harbinger of things to come. With Peyton Manning mostly restricted to throwing in obvious passing situations, Demaryius converted 3 of his first 4 targets on 3rd-and-long for a new set of downs. Unfortunately, the one miss in that stretch is one he wishes he could have back, as he badly misjudged a ball in flight and dropped an easy touchdown reception, forcing Denver to settle for a field goal. As the weather turned colder and the winds picked up in the second half, Thomas became a non-factor, with just 12 yards on 6 targets after halftime, (and five of those yards given back on a false start penalty). With the entire passing game out of sync, Manning and Thomas couldn't connect even on quick routine passes designed to get the offense into a rhythm.
2014 Week 14 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Demaryius Thomas had a tough game to evaluate against the Buffalo Bills, earning only five targets, two of which were horribly off-target and uncatchable. Demaryius caught a couple of dump-offs in long-yardage situations and couldn't make anything happen, had a nice 13-yard catch-and-run on a WR screen called back to offensive holding, and was otherwise invisible against the Bills as Denver got an early lead and executed a run-heavy gameplan the rest of the way.
2014 Week 15 vs SD (11 / 6 / 123 / 1 rec)
After a couple of down games, Demaryius Thomas was once again the focal point of Denver's passing attack against San Diego, accounting for a whopping 50% of all targets by the Broncos and 53% of all passing yards. Thomas drew four targets that came at least 20 yards downfield, catching three of them for gains of 36, 29, and 28 yards. The last of those receptions resulted in Denver's lone touchdown on the day, as Thomas was able to secure a back-shoulder fade, immediately halt his momentum and come to a stop, then quickly get back up to full speed as Chargers' CB Brandon Flowers blew right past him on the stop-and-start. The touchdown was a truly impressive display of body control, especially for such a large receiver. As good as Thomas' day was, it could have been even better; Thomas was targeted twice at the goal line, and the latter target looked like it could have resulted in a touchdown, but Thomas appeared to give up early on his route and Denver settled for a field goal, instead.
2014 Week 16 vs CIN (14 / 7 / 115 / 0 rec)
The gameplan against the Bengals called for a steady dose of Demaryius Thomas, who certainly made the best of what he could get his hands on. Unfortunately, too many of Manning's passes were off-target, with four incompletions and three interceptions to go with the seven receptions on passes intended for Demaryius. Other than a possible route miscommunication on the second, Demaryius had no shot at any of the three interceptions as the balls never wound up anywhere near him. Thomas also had a pair of 30+ yard gains called back, one due to offensive holding on Ryan Clady and one due to an offensive facemask penalty on Thomas himself.
2014 Week 17 vs OAK (17 / 8 / 115 / 0 rec)
Against the Oakland Raiders, Demaryius Thomas continued his recent trend of being the focal point of Denver's offense, actually finishing the game with his highest target total of the season with 17. Thomas converted those 17 targets into 8 receptions for 115 yards, and nearly added a pair of touchdowns to his tally. On one play, Thomas caught the ball and lunged for the end zone but came up half a yard short. On another, Thomas was targeted on 3rd-and-8 in the red zone, but a defensive pass interference against him went uncalled as the ball fell incomplete. Thomas had three more red zone targets that fell incomplete, but he never had a chance at any of them. In all, Thomas had a strong day, set up several of C.J. Anderson's touchdowns, and finished his season with a new franchise record for receiving yards.
2014 Week 19 vs IND (12 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas has often struggled with inconsistency during his career. When he's on, his highs are among the highest in the NFL, such as when Thomas set an NFL record with seven consecutive 100-yard games earlier this season. Unfortunately, when Denver needed him the most against the Colts, Thomas had his worst game of the last two seasons. He opened his day with a 1-yard touchdown on a fade route against overmatched Indianapolis safety LaRon Landry, but that was the last highlight of his day. Thomas failed to get open against Indianapolis' top cornerback, and while his deep targets were all badly thrown and uncatchable, Thomas also had a pair of egregious, drive-killing drops. For a player known for his after-the-catch skills, Thomas also failed to break tackles, convert first downs, or generally make anything happen with the ball in his hands.
2013 Week 1 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 161 / 2 rec)
Despite the impressive final stat line, Demaryius Thomas had an up and down game. His connection with Manning was shaky in the first half, as several passes- including a potential touchdown- wound up going just off his fingertips. Thomas' first touchdown was one of the few plays where the two were truly in sync, as it was a perfect throw where only an athletic freak such as Thomas could get it. Most of the rest of Thomas' production came on short throws where Demaryius simply used his after-the-catch skills to make something happen, such as his 78-yard touchdown on a screen pass that showcased his straight-line speed, or his final reception where he dragged three defenders for five yards to get the game-ending first down.
2013 Week 2 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Demaryius Thomas was Denver's most consistent wide receiver on the day, but also its least targeted as Denver's game-plan didn't call for much deep passing. Thomas managed to haul in five of his six targets, but the one exception is surely one he wishes he could have back. Thomas was open downfield on his lone deep target of the game, but couldn't hang on to a ball that hit his fingertips.
2013 Week 3 vs OAK (11 / 10 / 94 / 0 rec)
Against Oakland it was clear that Denver's game plan revolved around the quick passing game, and Demaryius Thomas' usage reflected that fact. Normally known for his skills as a deep threat, Thomas had a chance to showcase his run-after-catch skills as Denver fed him a steady diet of screens and quick passes, with nine of his eleven targets coming within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Demaryius did have a costly 3rd-down drop on one of his rare deep targets, but the miscue was a blip on an otherwise strong night where Thomas had a couple of opportunities to show off his hands. Thomas' final catch of the night came on a rare poor throw from Manning, who put the ball low and away but saw Demaryius make a strong reaching grab and secure the football before any defenders had a chance to make a play on it. Demaryius also had an 11th catch that doesn't show up on the stat sheet, as he went up to field Oakland's last-gasp onside kick.
2013 Week 4 vs PHI (10 / 9 / 86 / 2 rec)
As he has for much of the season, Demaryius did the majority of his damage against Philadelphia off of screens and quick passes, with all ten of his targets coming within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. While he didn't have a chance to show off his deep speed, Demaryius had a great game simply using his size and strength to overpower a defense filled with poor tacklers. Despite not running any intermediate routes, a whopping 8 out of Thomas' 9 catches resulted in a first down or a touchdown as he simply bulled his way past the first down marker or over the goal line. For the season, nearly two thirds of Thomas' yard have come after the catch, as Thomas has been targeted deep on just 10% of his passes compared to over 30% in 2012.
2013 Week 5 vs DAL (6 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Demaryius had a quiet day, finishing with just 6 targets and hauling in 5 of them for 57 yards. As has been his norm for the season, he did the majority of his work in the short passing game, with his lone deep target falling incomplete. Demaryius did have a very nice 40-yard catch-and-run on Denver's first offensive play of the day, but it was called back due to a rare Louis Vasquez penalty. Thomas also had some key conversions on Denver's final drives. Otherwise, Peyton Manning preferred to spend his afternoon attacking Dallas' linebackers, throwing for more than 200 yards to Denver's backs and tight ends.
2013 Week 6 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 78 / 0 rec)
Demaryius Thomas was not targeted often against Jacksonville, but he made the most of his limited opportunities. Thomas finished 5th on the team in targets with just 5, but he still led the team in receiving yardage. After five weeks of being used mostly as a screen receiver, Manning and Thomas finally hooked up deep not once but twice, on receptions of 31 and 42 yards, and on a third attempt Demaryius drew a 25 yard defensive pass interference penalty. The game served as a reminder that Demaryius is capable of much more than he's shown so far this year, and also that he only needs a few opportunities to turn a forgettable afternoon into a productive one.
2013 Week 7 vs IND (9 / 4 / 82 / 1 rec)
After a season where Demaryius had seen very few targets deep down the field, Denver decided to prominently feature the deep pass to Demaryius against the Colts. Unfortunately, Thomas and Manning struggled to get on the same page, as Manning's deep accuracy was frequently off, and Demaryius misplayed a few catchable balls. Demaryius' touchdown reception came on the lone deep hookup he managed with Manning all game, as Demaryius managed to slip behind a pair of Colts defenders for the 31-yard score. On the very next play, Demaryius dropped a very costly (and very catchable) two point conversion attempt. Demaryius was able to make a few plays with his run-after-the-catch abilities, including a key conversion of 3rd and 8 on a WR screen, but on the whole, the game against Indy is probably one he'd like to have back again.
2013 Week 8 vs WAS (11 / 7 / 75 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas was Denver's most-targeted receiver against Washington, and he was the only receiver who was consistently involved in the offense during all four quarters. Two of Peyton Manning's three interceptions came on passes intended for Demaryius Thomas. On the first, Demaryius fell down coming out of his break, setting up DeAngelo Hall for an easy pick 6. On the second, Demaryius passively waited for the ball to come to him, and the physically-outmatched DeAngelo Hall made an aggressive play for it and simply muscled the ball away from him. Outside of those two poor plays that directly resulted in turnovers, Demaryius' day largely consisted of running deadly screen plays, which Denver consistently executes to perfection, leaving Thomas free to use his superior size and speed to outrun or out-muscle any would-be tacklers. On his touchdown reception, Denver managed to get three blockers in front of him, and Thomas simply raced 35 yards untouched to the end zone.
2013 Week 10 vs SD (10 / 7 / 108 / 3 rec)
Sunday was clearly Demaryius Thomas' day, as Denver involved him early and he rewarded them with a fantastic game. Thomas led the team in targets (10), receptions (7), yards (108), and touchdowns (3), marking the first 3-touchdown game by a Broncos receiver this year. Demaryius was twice targeted on deep passes, catching one of them for 28 yards, but did the bulk of his work as he has all season long, in the short game. Thomas' second touchdown of the day came off of play action on a little crossing route over the middle, but his first and third touchdowns are the ones that will make the highlight reel. On the first, Thomas caught a screen and his momentum was carrying him to the sidelines and out of bounds, but he managed to switch the ball to his inside arm, twist, and wave it over the pylon as he leapt out for a score. The third touchdown came on another screen, as the Chargers' defender tried to jump the route and missed, leaving Demaryius with the ball in space. Thomas did a small juke to get the defenders ahead of him off-balance, then simply turned on the jets and ran straight up the field for the 34 yard score. Thomas was quiet after that until the final drive of the game, when he twice converted for a new set of downs as Denver ran the clock out on the Chargers' attempted comeback.
2013 Week 11 vs KC (13 / 5 / 121 / 0 rec)
For the third consecutive week, Demaryius Thomas led the Broncos in targets, as nobody in Kansas City's secondary was a match for his size and speed. Demaryius only managed to convert 5 of his 13 targets into receptions, but he made those receptions count, gaining 6-yards to convert a 3rd-and-5, taking a screen for 29 yards on 2nd-and-10, and making the offensive play of the game for Denver when he caught a perfectly thrown deep ball in stride on 3rd-and-5 and rumbled for 70 yards before finally being brought down inside the 10 yard line.
2013 Week 12 vs NE (9 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas caught the game-tying TD pass for Denver late in the 4th quarter, but outside of that, his day featured precious few highlights. In a game where the referees were letting both the receivers and the defensive backs get away with physical play, Demaryius struggled to get free from the stifling coverage of Aqib Talib. Thomas received only two targets in the first three quarters, both of which were dropped. Demaryius did not register a single reception until that game-tying drive in the 4th, which featured a pair of 11 yard gains on 1st down and a 15-yard pickup on 2nd and 20. Thomas' only other reception was a key 4-yard conversion on 3rd and 2, and he also drew a pair of deep targets on 3rd-and-long that died in the wind and had no real chance at being converted.
2013 Week 13 vs KC (6 / 3 / 106 / 0 rec)
On Denver's first offensive play, Demaryius Thomas took a quick slant for 14 yards, but injured his shoulder in the process. He remained very inconsistent for the remainder of the day, and his injury obviously played an important role in that. Peyton Manning's interception on Denver's first offensive series came on a pass to Demaryius. After the game, Manning said "That third down to him, in that type of play, usually he can go up and make it. He couldn't even reach with his other hand. He goes up with one hand and obviously tips it, and it ends up getting intercepted. I probably told him he could have told me that earlier, that he only has one hand, and I might not have thrown to him." Demaryius then sat out Denver's second series, but was able to return to the field by the third. Demaryius had a pair of drive-killing drops, with the first being a tough-but-catchable ball and the second being an easy short reception over the middle. On his next target, though, Demaryius showed why Denver stuck with him despite his injury. With the Broncos pinned deep on their own side of the field, Manning fired a pass on 2nd-and-10 that hit Demaryius in stride 20 yards down the field, and then Demaryius rumbled for another 57 yards after the catch to put Denver in the red zone. On his next two targets, Demaryius used his after-the-catch skills to convert a 3rd-and-13, and then drew a defensive pass interference penalty to convert 2nd-and-15.
2013 Week 14 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)
As usual, Demaryius Thomas led all Broncos receivers in snaps played and routes run against the Titans. With Manning attempting 59 passes, there were plenty of targets to go around, and Demaryius received his turn with 10, including a whopping 4 inside Tennessee's 10 yard line, which Thomas converted into a 7-yard gain on 1st-and-goal from the 8 and, later, a 4 yard touchdown on 1st-and-goal from the 4. Thomas' other two end-zone targets resulted in an incomplete pass and a dropped touchdown. Thomas also took advantage of Peyton's recent deep success with a 38-yard reception to begin the 3rd quarter as Denver drove for the go-ahead score. All-in-all, a strong showing, even if it faded in a bit among all the other strong showings on Denver's record-setting offensive day.
2013 Week 15 vs SD (5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Like everyone else on Denver's offense, Demaryius Thomas was rendered largely invisible by Denver's tiny offensive snap count. Demaryius received only five targets all evening, catching four of them. Three of Thomas' four receptions netted a first down, with the fourth gaining 6 yards on 1st and 10. The lone incompletion directed his way came on his only deep target of the game. Demaryius had a chance to show off his after-the-catch skills on his second reception of the game, gaining 21 yards on a short pass to the right, but otherwise San Diego did a fantastic job at swarming him immediately after the catch and limiting his ability to gain extra yards.
2013 Week 16 vs HOU (14 / 8 / 123 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas was involved early and often in Denver's game plan, including on a 20+ yard end-zone target on the first drive that wound up just outside of his reach. That was a precursor of things to come, as Thomas finished the day with a season-high 14 targets, 5 of them deep down the field. He hauled in one of those deep targets for a 36-yard touchdown, as he split a pair of defenders for the score. Otherwise, most of his damage was done as it typically is, taking short passes from Manning and fighting for extra yards.
2013 Week 17 vs OAK (6 / 6 / 113 / 2 rec)
Denver opened the game against Oakland with a screen-heavy game plan, which seemed to suit Demaryius Thomas just fine. Thomas continued to be a terror with the ball in his hands, catching all six of his targets and making the first defender miss. Thomas did get one deep target on the game, and he made the most of it, getting wide open behind Oakland's defense and taking a beautiful deep pass 63 yards to the house. Like most of Denver's regular starters, Demaryius did not play after halftime as he enjoyed a well-deserved rest.
2013 Week 19 vs SD (10 / 8 / 54 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas was the most-targeted Bronco against the Chargers, hauling in 8 of his 10 targets for 54 yards and TD. All of Thomas' receptions were caught within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, as Manning relied heavily on him in the short passing game. San Diego did a fairly good job of limiting his yards after the catch, but Thomas was still Manning's best and most reliable receiver for the day.
2013 Week 20 vs NE (10 / 7 / 134 / 1 rec)
New England cornerback Aqib Talib left the game against Denver early with an injury, and Demaryius Thomas capitalized on his absence with 7 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown. Thomas had already burned Talib with a 29 yard gain on 3rd and 10, but with Talib out, nobody on New England was able to slow Thomas down. Demaryius spent most of the rest of the day matched up on Alfonso Dennard, who gave up gains of 26 yards on 2nd-and-20, 27 yards on 1st-and-10, 30 yards on 1st-and-10, and a 3-yard touchdown on 1st-and-goal as Demaryius got open early, often, and all over the field.
2013 Week 21 vs SEA (18 / 13 / 118 / 1 rec)
Demaryius Thomas set an NFL record for most receptions in a Super Bowl, but the record surely feels hollow, as Thomas had a below-average game. Denver lined him up on the left side of the formation often to avoid Richard Sherman, leading to a lot of targets. Clearly, the WR screen was an important part of Denver's game plan. Unfortunately, Denver was completely unable to get it going, as Seattle shut down all short receptions immediately, limiting or even entirely preventing all yards after the catch. Demaryius' first eight receptions gained 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 yards. Two of those receptions did convert on 3rd down, but one of them was almost disastrous- Thomas caught the ball a yard short of the first down with enough room to push ahead for an easy conversion, but he shockingly decided to give up a few yards first looking for the bigger play, only making it back to the first down marker by a few inches. His other third down conversion was a strong play where he showed more than his usual physicality in using his size to contest a 50/50 ball. Thomas finally got something going down the field with a 10 yard gain and a 23 yard gain on back-to-back plays, but he allowed the defender to punch the football loose at the end of the 23-yarder. After that, Denver's last hopes were gone, and all that remained was catching a few more passes over the middle against a soft Seattle zone defense to pad his reception total.
2012 Week 1 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 110 / 1 rec)
Thomas continued his utter domination of the Pittsburgh Steelers. While he didn't get deep behind the defense as he did in the playoff game last January, he did make the game's biggest play on a short bubble screen that he turned into a 71-yard touchdown. Thomas got great blocking on the outside, but his cut, vision, and speed were the reasons he was able to score nearly untouched. Many experts have said that Eric Decker will have better rapport with Peyton Manning because Decker is a more precise route-runner and Manning will always know where he is. That may have occurred on Thomas' first target as a pass fell incomplete on the team's opening drive. Either Manning made a poor throw, or he expected Thomas to be in a slightly different place. The relationship certainly blossomed as the night continued, though. Decker may lead the team in receptions, but Thomas' big-play ability - on long passes and short - will likely see him lead the team in yards and receiving touchdowns. He's a physical presence who once again showed Pittsburgh corner Ike Taylor how lethal is stiff-arm can be.
2012 Week 2 vs ATL (11 / 8 / 78 / 1 rec)
Thomas dropped his first pass of the day and it was nearly picked by the defensive back near the sidelines. From there, Manning threw two quick screen passes his way. On the first he showed a nice sidestep to evade an incoming defender and gain 11 yards, before the second went for four yards out of bounds. Thomas was quiet early in the game, but did score his team's first touchdown. Despite initially being ruled out of bounds, he made an excellent reception for a touchdown just before half-time. Thomas beat Dunta Robinson to the outside, but had to adjust to the ball in the air as it arrived. He snatched the ball out of the air with ease, but needed all of his concentration to plant his left foot in bounds and drag his toes on his right to complete the catch. The play showed off Thomas' phenomenal athleticism. Thomas appeared to have the beating of his man whenever the ball was thrown his way. He stockpiled yardage and receptions with catches for roughly 10 and 15 yards at a time, but never really got a chance to beat the defense deep. The defense appeared content with him making catches underneath and running with the football instead of giving him an opportunity down the field. A factor was also Manning's reluctance to throw downfield after his struggles early in the game.
2012 Week 3 vs HOU (11 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Thomas was tied for the team lead in targets with 11, but the two struggled to find any consistency, connecting only three times. Thomas did have one drop, which could have been a big play as Thomas was alone in space. However, the biggest missed opportunity for Thomas was the missed 31-yard TD pass where he couldn't get his 2nd foot down. Manning threw a perfect ball, but Thomas' stride just took him out of bounds. Manning and Thomas again went to the quick screen at one point, but Houston was prepared and it only gained four yards. Thomas is definitely the big play WR in the offense and he will have games like Sunday's, but it is also important to note how close it was to a 4 catch, 65 yard and 1 TD day.
2012 Week 4 vs OAK (6 / 5 / 103 / 0 rec)
Tied for 2nd on the team with six targets, Thomas caught five (three of which were on the same screen play) and nearly broke one for another long TD. Coming off play-action, Manning hit Thomas on the quick screen for his first catch. Just like week one versus Pittsburgh, it appeared to be a foot race to the end zone. However, as Thomas was switching the ball to his left (and outside) hand in preparation for a stiff arm, Thomas fumbled the ball away inside the Raider 15-yard line without any contact (after a 40-yard gain). Thomas may not have scored on the play, but the gaffe did cost Denver a scoring opportunity as Oakland recovered the fumble. Thomas' 2nd catch wouldn't come until the 3rd scoring drive of the 3rd quarter. Again, it was the play-action quick screen, this time to the opposite side and Thomas picked up 24 yards on the play. Manning would again go to the quick screen a 3rd time as Oakland's secondary continued to play off the Denver WRs. Later Manning would find Thomas on a quick out on 3rd down as Denver looked to bleed the clock in the 4th quarter. On a day when short passes and the running game did everything it wanted, it was nice to see Thomas still hit the century mark.
2012 Week 5 vs NE (11 / 9 / 188 / 0 rec)
Thomas continued his emergence as a stud fantasy receiver against an over-matched New England secondary. He was targeted early and often by Manning en route to nearly 200 yards on the day. His game was filled with impressive plays like a one-handed long catch on a slant-and-go route and winning versus double coverage for over 30 yards. The lone blemish for Thomas was his early game red zone fumble that took almost certain points off the board for the Denver offense. He was active after the catch, avoiding defensive backs with ease when moving in space. Thomas' lone missed opportunity was a short target tipped at the line of scrimmage. There was plenty of room for yardage after the catch for the wide-open Thomas on the play.
2012 Week 6 vs SD (2 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)
Curiously, Thomas wasn't a huge part of the Denver offense in this one. He presents a physical mismatch for just about anyone who covers him, but this seemed to be a particularly good matchup for him on paper. He caught a pass on the first play from scrimmage, and didn't see another catch until the opening drive of the second half. Of course, it was a 29-yard touchdown reception that he ended up hauling in for Denver's first score of the game, but it was also the last time we heard from Thomas in the game. He had beaten his man downfield, and a perfect Peyton Manning pass had split the defenders to put the ball right in Thomas's hands. But after that, it was the Eric Decker show for Denver.
2012 Week 8 vs NO (9 / 7 / 137 / 1 rec)
Even though he had seven receptions for 137 yards, it seemed like Thomas was underused and never got out of first gear in this game. The Saints' cornerbacks are so bad that they couldn't stick with Thomas at all in single coverage. Despite this, the Saints never really focused the defense on containing him. Thomas' first target was a reception...a big one. He simply ran past Patrick Robinson in single coverage before high-pointing the football for a 41-yard reception. Thomas had another big gain in the second quarter, when Roman Harper bought play-action to allow Thomas a huge amount of space towards the left sideline. He didn't have to work hard at all for the catch. After being burned repeatedly by Thomas in the first half, the Saints held Thomas on his first target of the second half. Alas, Thomas used his strength to brush off the defender and still make the reception. On the same drive he caught a screen pass with good blocking infront for a first down, before then capping off the drive with an easy touchdown on a backshoudler throw from Manning. Whenever the ball went Thomas' way, good things happen. There was a serious gulf in class between the defense and Thomas on the day.
2012 Week 9 vs CIN (8 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Thomas ran two precise routes early in the game, both converting third downs by less than a yard. With tight coverage in tow, Thomas also caught a quick slant route. Thomas then got free deep, which would have been a long touchdown except for a shoestring tackle after a 45-yard gain. Thomas came up limping after that play and appeared to miss some of his normal offensive snaps. He did return to game and have an impact. Thomas ran a nice pick play-type block for Eric Decker's red zone score. After three straight targets on quick-hitting pass plays, Thomas then made his second, and final, huge play of the game. With single coverage, Manning threw a pass up for grabs to Thomas in the end zone. While Thomas did not come down with the reception, he drew a crucial pass interference penalty, setting up a Denver touchdown. Thomas did return from the injury to play well and received a deep target later in the game, a great sign after the scare for his fantasy owners.
2012 Week 10 vs CAR (11 / 9 / 135 / 0 rec)
While Decker struggled, Demaryius Thomas thrived against the Panthers' secondary. The Broncos' clever play design played a large part in their success, as did the accuracy and timing of Peyton Manning. Thomas ran a nice post pattern to isolate him on the FS; the SS was occupied by underneath crossing routes and allowed Thomas to get behind him. Thomas leapt into the air and attacked the ball at its highest point. Thomas seems to be mastering the route tree and ran a variety of patterns to good effect, including a shallow crosser that he broke a tackle on. He had an injury scare in the first half, but returned in the second. The Broncos took their foot off the pedal to a large extent with the game out of reach for Carolina, and so Thomas' targets dropped off. However, Thomas reeled in one of two deep targets late on as the Panthers keyed on stopping the run. Beating man coverage down the sideline, Thomas reeled in a pass on a 9-route and almost scored. The ingenuity of Manning combined with well-designed plays helped the Bronco receiver tremendously.
2012 Week 11 vs SD (9 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)
Thomas caught just three passes in the game, but one was a highlight-reel touchdown grab. QB Peyton Manning put some air under a pass over the head of Thomas, who not only adjusted to the ball and made the grab, but also did a fantastic job of dragging his back foot across the grass to remain inbounds. It was initially ruled out of bounds, but changed to a touchdown after review. Thomas nearly added a second touchdown on another end zone fade in the corner, but there was a bit too much air under that one. He was also the target of a deep ball near the end zone on a floater from Manning earlier. Thomas made an adjustment on the ball and it seemed like he was going to get to it, but the pass fell harmlessly incomplete. The Broncos really spread the wealth around in this game, with no receiver catching more than four passes while eight guys caught at least two or more balls.
2012 Week 12 vs KC (8 / 4 / 82 / 1 rec)
Thomas was shut down for most of the first half, and had a lot of trouble getting separation. His first reception went for 15 yards mostly because of an excellent run after the catch. He had two balls bounce off his fingertips on balls that Manning had to throw well outside because of the tight coverage. Even on his touchdown catch he had a step at most of separation, but a perfectly thrown ball over his shoulder gave him the score. Thomas did a nice job of looking the ball in in tight coverage while looking directly into the sun. To start the fourth quarter he dropped a screen pass because he looked for the defender before the ball got there but he finished really strong. Thomas sealed the game with two receptions on the Broncos drive, and got his best separation of the day on the two plays. The first was a cross where beat his man inside and the across the middle for a third down conversion. Then on the next third down play the defensive back played inside technique and Thomas ran a go route to catch the game clinching pass.
2012 Week 13 vs TB (10 / 8 / 99 / 2 rec)
Thomas led the team in both receiving yards (with 99) and TDs (two), catching eight of his 10 targets with a long of 28 yards. Able to do as pleased against the very short-handed Buccaneer defense, Thomas kicked off three drives with catches, including the Broncos' 1st drive with an eight-yard catch. Always good for at least one quick screen, Thomas and Manning connected off the play fake quick hitter for 19 yards as Thomas was free in space and nearly broke a much longer run before Mark Barron brought him down. Thomas' next catch was a thing of beauty from Manning, as Thomas did little more than run by the coverage and underneath the perfectly placed ball for 28 yards. It was Thomas who drew the interference penalty on the Broncos' 2nd TD drive and Manning rewarded him the following play with another pin point pass for the eight-yard TD. Thomas faked the corner route and broke in across the back of the end zone. Just as Thomas came out of his break, with barely enough time to react and as if Manning handed it off, the ball was slotted right into his arms. The following drive Thomas was the target again once the offense reached the end zone. Lined up in the slot, Thomas ran a shallow post and the help coverage didn't react in time as Manning put the ball perfectly on Thomas again, this time for a 10-yard TD. Tampa had no answer for Thomas, who was consistently open, often making catches with no defender within a couple yards.
2012 Week 14 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)
Thomas caught a deep out for 15 yards after running an excellent route to lose the defender. Manning went back to Thomas with his next pass on a slant when he took the ball and broke across the field for a 13 yard gain. Thomas missed much of the first half with a shoulder injury, but returned at the start of the third quarter when he drew a pass interference for a first down. Three plays later, Thomas made an outstanding reception for a first down on third and 13 against tight coverage. It was Thomas' drive, as Manning tried to find him in the endzone. Thomas didn't catch the ball, but Thomas drew the pass interference penalty. Thomas beat a defender in man coverage on a deep crossing route to make a reception for 19 yards. Thomas caught an easy slant for a first down to help finish the game out late in the fourth quarter.
2012 Week 15 vs BAL (9 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Demaryius Thomas had a fairly quiet day that could have been better if not for a few miscues. Peyton Manning overthrew Thomas on a 35 yard deep bomb that would have been an easy touchdown. Thomas also dropped a couple of passes and ran a couple routes just short of first downs that would have extended drives. However, he also showed his great ability with a nifty one handed catch on a reception, and had another near TD taken away from him with a great pass breakup by Ravens CB Cary Williams. Most of Thomas's 4 receptions came on slip screen type plays, but the Ravens did well to sniff them out and limit his yardage, as his yards per catch was a meager 3.25.
2012 Week 16 vs CLE (14 / 9 / 102 / 1 rec)
Thomas had more than double the targets of the second-most Denver receiver this week and had one of the most productive first quarters of his career. Thomas had 5/68/1 in the first 15 minutes alone, showing impressive physical skills in the open field and tight coverage. All of this despite drawing Joe Haden more times than not in coverage. One of the finer points for a receiver is working their way back to the quarterback as the ball comes in, shielding a defender from making a play. Thomas did that to perfection on an early comeback route, returning 2-3 yards towards the line of scrimmage to make the play look routine. Manning and Thomas showed good chemistry on a back shoulder throw in the second half, something that has eluded the pair at times earlier in the season. Despite the big game, there were chances for an even bigger one. Thomas caught a 30-yard crossing route that flagged Brandon Stokely for offensive pass interference on a pick play. Manning was hit as he threw a deep ball to Thomas, which fell woefully short. Thomas was also targeted three times in the end zone outside of his touchdown. One resulted in a defensive pass interference penalty; the other two were off-target throws to Thomas. This had the ingredients of a 10/150/2 type game for Thomas. After his impressive late-season run in 2011, Thomas has expanded his skills with Peyton Manning in 2012 and has a shot at 90 receptions, 1400 yards, and 10 touchdowns with a strong performance in Week 17 against Kansas City.
2012 Week 17 vs KC (8 / 7 / 122 / 1 rec)
Thomas' seventh one hundred-plus yards receiving game of the 2012 season was an impressive one. Thomas and Peyton Manning connected for some massive gains - a twenty-four yard completion on an out-and-up route, a twenty-yard completion on a hitch route that Thomas took fifteen yards down the field after the short catch, and a thirty-six yard completion on another out-and-up route in which Manning hit a streaking Thomas in stride - to name a few. All told, Thomas reeled in seven Manning passes on eight targets for one hundred and twenty-two yards through the air, his fourth-highest receiving yardage total of the season. The Georgia Tech product physically dominated the smaller members of the Chiefs' secondary every time he caught the ball. Thomas found the end zone at the beginning of the third quarter on an thirteen-yard touchdown catch. Running a post-in route, Thomas snagged the ball with one hand and exhibited fantastic body control to reel in the pass and stay in-bounds after he caught the ball at its highest point. Thomas' touchdown catch gave the Broncos a twenty-five point lead. With the Broncos earning a first-round bye in the 2012 playoffs, Thomas will have to wait a week to showcase his talents on a national stage.
2012 Week 19 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
Until Thomas broke free for a receiver screen touchdown in the fourth quarter, it was a pretty non-descript game for the 2012 breakout receiver. He saw a deep target early in the game, which had some contact during the route, but Thomas seemed to lose his balance as the ball arrived. That was a potential long touchdown lost. Manning's passes were inaccurate on a couple occasions, but Thomas' other opportunities were tough plays to make. He had to make diving attempts or reaching behind far more than usual. On his touchdown, Thomas picked his way through the inside blocked before outrunning the defense for the touchdown. That score made it 35-28 in the fourth quarter and, until Baltimore's last heave to tie to the game, looked like the potential game-winner. With Manning looking healthy to return for 2013, Thomas is one of the elite receivers in the game capable of expanding on his already impressive statistical line from 2012.
2011 Week 7 vs MIA (10 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
He was targeted a lot as you can see the stats but it should be noted that many of these passes were overthrown or tossed out of bounds by Tebow to avoid being sacked. Thomas is going to get a lot of work and must be healthy because he was on the field a lot during the game. Many of his targets came late when Denver was playing from behind. He managed to secure a touchdown while making a nice adjustment to the ball coming to him from the left handed Tim Teobw in the right front corner of the end zone; it was not an easy catch. Look for the FBG updates early this week but it appears like Thomas is a good pick up for the deeper parts of your reserve WRs.
2011 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a very quiet game for the Broncos, and his only catch came during garbage time in the 4th quarter. He was targeted twice in the second quarter - once on a crossing route but the ball was thrown behind him and the second one was a jump ball down the left sideline where he made the catch but was forced out of bounds before he could get both feet down. Late in the third, Tebow threw another jump ball in his direction but he didn't even make the effort, and the ball was nearly picked off by Chris Houston. His only catch was a short 10 yard come back pass on the final drive against the second string Detroit defense. He was tackled immediately.
2011 Week 9 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a quiet day but that may more have to do with Denver trying to figure out their offense than Thomas playing poorly. He ran a nice route on his one catch and showed that he can still get to top speed in a hurry even after an injury. On his only other target, Thomas got wide open and Tebow threw a duck that wasn't even close to finding Thomas.
2011 Week 11 vs NYJ (6 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
The Broncos offense kicked their game plan off with a very unexpected play: a 28 yard bomb to Thomas. It was one of Tebow's better passes and was well placed to hit Thomas is stride though he appeared to have had to slow a little to get it. Many of the other passes which came Thomas' way were not well thrown though and he had little luck repeating the big play.
2011 Week 13 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 144 / 2 rec)
Once Thomas got going, he was a big play machine, with his shortest reception going for 21 yards and a TD. His other 3 receptions went for 40, 41, and 42 yards. The TD came on a blown coverage where CB Cedric Griffin released him to the deep safety help, but S Jamarca Sanford was late coming over, leaving Thomas wide open in the end zone for the score. He also had an 11-yard catch overturned by replay. It was a great throw and a nice catch along the sideline, but Thomas couldn't keep both feet in bounds. Thomas' best play of the day was also Tebow's. Tebow kept the play alive with his feet and Thomas came back to his QB and presented a wide open target. Tebow delivered a strike and Thomas did the rest, running 20 yards before eluding the first defender and then carrying another two Vikings into the end zone. He would later connect with Tebow on another deep ball on the same blown coverage and nearly had a 3rd TD, but it was knocked away by Griffin.
2011 Week 14 vs CHI (13 / 7 / 78 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Thomas continues to emerge as Tebow's favorite target. He led all receivers in the game with 13 targets, 7 catches, 78 yards, and came through with the game's only receiving touchdown. Thomas is a big, physical receiver who appears to be developing a good rapport with his QB. He also benefits from all the attention defenders give to Tebow as a runner. On his touchdown catch late in the game, it looked like there was a breakdown in coverage as he was left wide open in the end zone.
2011 Week 15 vs NE (13 / 7 / 116 / 0 rec)
Thomas continued to build on his impressive second half of the season with another 100 yard game. He looked unstoppable on the post route and he and Tebow connected on it 3 times. He ran a really solid 10 yard out, and then spun up field for an additional 6 yards. His biggest catch came on a 39 yard pass down the right sideline between two DBs in zone coverage. Thomas was also given the opportunity to throw on an end around but made a poor effort and skipped the pass to an open Lance Ball.
2011 Week 16 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 76 / 0 rec)
Thomas once again served as the team's primary receiver as he led the team in targets, receptions, and yards. He got off to a great start with 2 catches for 20 yards on the first drive, but then didn't pull down another catch until midway through the fourth quarter. Tebow overthrew him on several balls in the game, but helped salvage things a bit for fantasy owners with a very nice 47-yard gain down the left sideline just before the two minute warning.
2011 Week 17 vs KC (7 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
- Thomas was again Tebow's favorite target but his numbers were not near as impressive as they have been. A good portion of the credit for that should go to Brandon Flowers who blanketed him all day. Thomas did run a good route on a 17 yard cross in the second quarter but also had two drops on difficult catches later in the game.
2011 Week 18 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 204 / 1 rec)
Don't re-read those numbers. They're accurate. Thomas averaged 51 yards per catch. His first catch went for exactly 51 and his second for 58 as he got behind Ike Taylor in coverage for long gains. Even his shortest catch - a 15 yard gain - came on a "should-have-been-huge" 3rd-and-7 play (McGahee's fumble came on the very next play). To describe the stiff-arm he placed on Taylor around midfield on his game-winning catch and run would do it no justice. I'm sure you've see the play a double-digit amount of times by now anyway. He shook Taylor loose with force and didn't break stride. Lost in his ridiculous statistics, Thomas also drew multiple penalties on Taylor. They may have been shaky calls, but he drew them nonetheless. After beginning this season on the PUP list due to his rupture Achilles from last season, Thomas' comeback has been remarkable. Denver certainly has to be excited to see him for a full season.
2011 Week 19 vs NE (10 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec)
Thomas was the Broncos leading receiver but by no means played an error free game. He fumbled on his first catch of the game but it was ruled that his forward progress was stopped after 6 yards. Later in the quarter he did a poor job securing the ball on a slant and had it knocked away by a defender. He did make a nice catch on a cross and took the ball all the way down to the 5 yard line to set up the Broncos only TD. In the second quarter Tebow made a throw wide of him and Thomas was able to get his hands on the ball but not haul in the pass. He did look much better in the second half, showing well against soft coverage and hauling in a couple of posts and a hitch in the third quarter. After having a high pass bounce off his hands in the 4th quarter he caught a hitch, spun off his man and raced all the way to the 3 yard line for a 41 yard gain. It would have been a nice day for an average receiver, but if he wants to be elite he needs to make a few more of the plays he had a chance at.
2010 Week 2 vs SEA (9 / 8 / 97 / 1 rec)
Consider this game his coming out party. Thomas opened some eyes with two back to back plays: First, on a hitch play, he followed some great blocking for the first down. Then on the very next play, he made a 20 yard catch. He didn't stop there; he actual became Orton's favorite target, and looked more like a seasoned vet than a rookie. He was wide open on his TD reception, as his man slipped just trying to keep up.
2010 Week 3 vs IND (6 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Thomas did not have nearly the impact on the game he had last week vs. Seattle, but he did have multiple end zone targets again this week, including one on a jumpball late that could have kept the Broncos alive. Thomas also had a catch inside the 10 that he momentarily fumbled trying to make a play after the receptions, and a great catch and run in the middle of the field that showed his speed. The Broncos seem intent on using Thomas a lot in the red zone, so don't toss him back on the waiver wire just yet. Thomas did suffer an arm/wrist injury at the end of the game, so his availability for week 4 could be in question.
2010 Week 4 vs TEN (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Thomas felt invisible on the field on Sunday as he connected with Orton only once. The rookie seemed to struggle with getting any significant separation, and while Orton targeted him a few times, he never looked truly open. He did not get much attention from Orton who was looking elsewhere and needs to work on his route running if he wishes to be a factor this year.
2010 Week 5 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Thomas was running full speed on a kickoff return and got absolutely annihilated by Jason Phillips ending his day. The fumble wasn't unexpected after that hit, as it's hard to imagine being able to hold onto the ball in that situation, but it was a deadly fumble that added to the disastrous beginning to this game for the Broncost.. I have no doubts that Thomas will become a big part of this offense in the future, as his skills look very good and he has size that no other WR on this roster has. He did record two short receptions in this game before leaving the game, but as is the case with Eddie Royal, there are weeks where Thomas will be a complete non-factor and weeks where he will make big plays, it all depends on who can get open and who has the best matchups, as Orton is completing passes all over the field.
2010 Week 6 vs NYJ (4 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)
Thomas flashes ability every time he's on the field. He had a touchdown on Darrelle Revis that showed why he was the first receiver selected in the draft. It's rare to see a guy of his size have that kind of speed and he beat Revis for a huge TD, though replays seemed to indicate that it might not have been a TD. Nonetheless, Ryan didn't challenge it, and Thomas got the score. On the final drive, he almost came down with a long pass from Orton over Revis again, but Revis showed why he's the best CB in the game and was able to get enough of a hand on it to knock it away and preserve the win.
2010 Week 7 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
This was one to forget for Thomas. He didn't give much to evaluate with just one catch for six yards. There was a fumble and an injury though, which turned Thomas' day from an "incomplete" grade into a failing one.
2010 Week 8 vs SF (1 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Thomas is not trusted in clutch situations for the Broncos on the outside as a receiver but is a nice player they have some ideas for. He struggles to get separation from DB's, so the Broncos used him on end around runs and screen passes, which suit his ideal yards after catch ability and threat in the open field. The Broncos were behind in this game for the most part and could not afford the luxury of experimenting with Thomas much, but he did show his running ability in the open field on a screen pass and is one to watch for the future.
2010 Week 10 vs KC (5 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Thomas had a poor drop early in the game as he was unable to locate a perfect over-the-shoulder effort from Orton in the endzone. He did some damage later in the game with screens and quick passes, allowing for yards after the catch. Denver recognises his lethal running ability in the open field and tries to get him the ball in this way every week, but Thomas is proving an inconsistent target to throw to downfield.
2010 Week 11 vs SD (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Thomas had one nice catch on a quick slant off play action, but cost the team dearly when he allowed a ball to go through his hands on third and long on a pass that would have put the team into field goal range. Making matters worse, he was shaken up after a quick screen pass and appeared to injure his leg. He was eventually carted off the field and did not return.
2010 Week 17 vs SD (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas got two targets, but had a bad drop on one, and the other was intercepted. His rookie campaign started with a bang, but went nowhere from there.