Denver Broncos Player Profile: Julius Thomas

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Two years ago the Denver Broncos drafted tight end Julius Thomas more for his unbelievable potential than his resume to that point. Thomas is 6’5” 255 pounds and can run faster than some wide receivers in the NFL. When the Broncos selected Thomas, they knew he was going to be getting a project, and the return on that investment might be starting to come in.

Thomas did not play a lot of football before the Broncos drafted him, and it has taken him some time to adjust to the pro game. He has also dealt with injuries that have hampered his progress through the first two seasons. Now Thomas is healthy, getting a chance in OTAs and so far he is taking full advantage of the opportunity. Even Thomas’ teammates have taken notice of his progress.

When asked about Thomas, Peyton Manning raved about the third year tight end.

The players know talent when they see it, and Thomas has all of the physical tools; the question is and has been can he put it all together? 2013 is a big year for Thomas in his third season, and as much as the Broncos like him they can’t wait forever.

You never want to put too much pressure on a player who hasn’t done anything in the NFL yet, but Thomas has the skills to be the next star tight end. The Broncos have two solid, veteran tight ends in Jacob Tamme and Joel Dressen, and the will be counted on this season as they were in 2012.

However, as good as Tamme and Dressen are, they do not have the natural talent or the immense upside of Thomas. He is healthy and he is getting an opportunity; it’s time for Thomas to reward the Broncos’ faith.

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