We all know about the Seattle Seahawks‘ ability to shut down receivers on the outside, and contain the middle of the field. Frankly, they make it tough sledding for even the most potent of offenses. The Denver Broncos may have the ultimate equalizer.
His name? Julius Thomas. Thomas has the ability to thwart what the Seahawks want to do on defense. They want to get up in someone’s face and knock them off their route by getting physical. Thomas welcomes it. This 6-foot-5, 250 pound beast is one huge dude; you can bet he will be the one dishing out the punishment, not taking it.
In my mind, he will become the game’s premier tight end sooner rather than later. He is already developing a great rapport with Peyton Manning, and the former basketball player who is still raw to the game is starting to flash his immense potential. Imagine when this kid really learns the ins and outs of the position.
We could be looking at a more athletic and bigger version of Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates who both also happen to be former basketball players. It is scary how good this kid could become.
If the Seahawks don’t give the Broncos receivers any room to breathe they always have this kid. While Earl Thomas is a heck of a safety sticking him on this Thomas wouldn’t be fair. It would be a huge mismatch. Thomas’s formidable frame, coupled with his huge height and weight advantages, would see him win the majority of one-on-one balls on any safety or linebacker in this league.
While much of the attention will go toward the Seahawks’ marquee defensive players and Manning and the Broncos’ top receivers, it may be this guy’s name that we will be talking about the most when all is said and done.