Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas was left off the AFC Pro Bowl team roster and even though he deserved to be in the annual game in Hawaii he was beaten out by some other solid receivers.
Thomas has put up some outstanding numbers in his third NFL season and his first with QB Peyton Manning. He currently has 87 receptions for 1,312 yards and nine touchdowns with one game left to play.
Thomas was left out of the Pro Bowl because the there were four great receivers who happened to have just a tad bit better numbers this season. The four receivers chosen over Thomas were Reggie Wayne (102-1,315-5), AJ Green (95-1,324-11), Wes Welker (110-1,260-5) and Andre Johnson (100-1,457-4). These guys all have a few more receptions than Thomas, but they are all close in yardage and Thomas is second behind Green with nine touchdowns.
All these guys have had great seasons, deserve the Pro Bowl, and are all on playoff football teams, but what argument does Thomas have that he’s had the best season?
Thomas has put up these numbers with 133 targets. All these other guys have between 14-49 more targets than Thomas, so his success has come through fewer opportunities.
We don’t know what Thomas would do with 30 more targets, but based on what he did with 133 targets, if he stayed on the same pace we could make a close prediction of his totals: he would have around 108 receptions, 1,607 yards and 12 touchdowns. With these numbers he would have lead all AFC receivers in all categories except Welker’s 110 receptions. These predictions were based on 163 targets, which is one more than what Welker and Green have received this season and still 19 less than Wayne.
It’s going to be very exciting to see what Thomas is able to do in his second season with Manning and to see how many Pro Bowls are in his future.
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