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Demaryius Thomas wants to model himself on Megatron


At Georgia Tech, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas were teammates. On Sunday, they’ll be opponents. And Thomas says whether he’s playing with Johnson or against him, he’s always watching closely.

I’m just trying to get where he’s at,” Thomas said of Johnson, via the Denver Post. “He is elite.”

Obviously, Thomas has a long way to go. Johnson is perhaps the best receiver in the NFL, while Thomas has struggled with injuries and caught just 25 passes in the year and a half since the Broncos took him in the first round of the NFL draft.

But Thomas, who arrived at Georgia Tech as a freshman after Johnson was already an established star, says he has internalized a lot of the lessons he heard from Johnson.

“He taught me how to get off press, how to read defenses,” Thomas said. “Coming from high school, I hadn’t played receiver much, so I got with him and I learned a lot from him.”

Johnson is obviously a good role model for a young receiver. But some of the things Johnson does on the field are things that just can’t be taught.

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33 Responses to “Demaryius Thomas wants to model himself on Megatron”
  1. nesuperfan says: Oct 28, 2011 10:09 AM

    Step one: Come up with a killer nickname….

  2. itsmammoth says: Oct 28, 2011 10:15 AM

    steroid time.

  3. usmarine75 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:16 AM

    Step two: Learn how to catch a football…

    (see 11/28/09 GT vs Georgia)

  4. broncfolife says: Oct 28, 2011 10:18 AM

    Cool name but as I recall, always defeated.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 28, 2011 10:18 AM

    “But some of the things Johnson does on the field are things that just can’t be taught.”

    Yeah, like being a 6’5″ monster with a ridiculous vertical…

  6. tatatoothy says: Oct 28, 2011 10:22 AM

    And thy shall call him, StarScream!

  7. countsnail says: Oct 28, 2011 10:23 AM

    The Broncos entire WR corps combined doesn’t even have a small percentage of the talent that Megatron alone has.

  8. Stiller43 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:26 AM

    Not so tough, all he has to do is get Johnson’s elite size, strength, speed, and talent.

    And a QB that could throw would be nice.

  9. gilgafresh says: Oct 28, 2011 10:27 AM

    DT may never come close to CJ, but if you’ve seen him play then you know there’s a ton of talent there. Giraffe gazelle hybrid – kind of like… well, Megatron.

  10. bigd4defense says: Oct 28, 2011 10:32 AM


    no self-glossing! lol

  11. broncobillie says: Oct 28, 2011 10:34 AM

    Biggest lesson: just do your job.

    Accolades follow performance. CJ built his resume in obscurity. Thomas has the same opportunity.

  12. mfclock says: Oct 28, 2011 10:35 AM

    optimus prime

  13. jeffro33 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:39 AM

    Step One: better accuracy from your QB.

    Step Two: Stay healthy.

    The talent is there with Thomas.

  14. slickster35 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:42 AM


  15. jbl429 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:47 AM

    if there’s a WR to model your game after, Calvin is the one. He’s been doing it since he was drafted, and until this year, hasn’t had much consistent QB play either. Imagine what numbers he could have already put up if he had a QB as good & healthy as Stafford has been so far this year.

  16. champgiff says: Oct 28, 2011 11:00 AM

    Step One: Stay on the field

    Thomas has shown a lot of promise when he’s been healthy…I hope for his sake he can. Denver needs him to step up and be the guy they were hoping he would be when he was drafted. You can’t continually whiff on first round draft picks and expect to be competitive in this league.

  17. broncfolife says: Oct 28, 2011 11:10 AM

    Stafford has been healthy “so far” this year.
    He’ll see the cart.

  18. Broncofanatic7 says: Oct 28, 2011 11:14 AM

    Call yourself Optimus Prime.
    Demaryius Thomas is a stud human being too, for all the people saying Calvin Johnson is just a big beast.
    Thomas is a big strong boy that can leap too.
    He will a great #1 in Denver for years to come.

  19. bbrophy1 says: Oct 28, 2011 11:14 AM

    Cris Carter thinks he should aim higher and model himself after a top 5 receiver

  20. Broncofanatic7 says: Oct 28, 2011 11:20 AM

    Jim Rome listener I assume? haha!
    I guess if you are one of the best WR’s in the league you can self-gloss.

  21. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 28, 2011 11:24 AM


  22. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 28, 2011 11:28 AM

    Greg Little is already trying to take Optimus Prime.. so much for that..

  23. nflfollower says: Oct 28, 2011 11:49 AM

    To model yourself after Megatron:

    1. Be polite and humble both with your celebrations and with the media.

    2. Never complain when playing on a terrible (think 0-16) team.

    3. Never say anything bad about a teammate or coach.

    4. Dominate on the field and put up All Pro numbers despite the tumultuous team situation you find yourself in for the first 4 years of your career.

    That’s a tough act to follow. For any player, let alone a WR.

  24. dukemarc says: Oct 28, 2011 11:49 AM

    How about Galvatron? He’s Megatron 2.0

    Although based on his current production probably more like Soundwave?

  25. cuda1234 says: Oct 28, 2011 12:17 PM

    All Thomas need to do is block because he doesn’t have a qb who can run a pro offense or throw the football. The other thing he needs to do is praise Tim Tebow – because if he doesn’t he will get thrown under the bus with guys like Chris Leak (UF), Kyle Orton, Brandon Lloyd, etc. Do not cross Tebow!

  26. bukes111 says: Oct 28, 2011 12:26 PM

    Come on, this guy isn’t even Starscream yet. More like a Thundercracker or Skywarp or dare I say, a Go-Bot.

    I missed my 80’s childhood.

  27. skinsfanwill says: Oct 28, 2011 12:29 PM

    Optimus Prime? More like Damon Wayans’ version of Handi-Man to me. Play an entire season. No wait, play half of a season before we can even begin to give you any nicknames.

  28. detroitrollin22 says: Oct 28, 2011 12:33 PM

    Well he better hope the Broncos draft either Luck, Barkley, or Jones in 2012

    or Get Traded to a team with a QB that can throw the ball

  29. ready4doomboom says: Oct 28, 2011 12:56 PM

    I’m glad to hear at least he’s talking about wanting to be great. I don’t have an opinion since he can’t stay healthy. But, if he can he is a perfect fit for Tebow. Tebow will need DT to get YAC and block as well. With DT coming from a triple option I see no issues with that. We cannot afford him to bust or its another JMD tragedy that cripples the team. My best guess is he will come through since he seems to be Tebows fav target. But thats based off just 1 game. Decker will be fine as well. WR’s are looking good for Den. Royal may be gone next yr. Too bad but oh well. He needs to fit a beter system for him.

  30. bangitfootball says: Oct 28, 2011 1:23 PM

    Do sports writers, television and radio analysts and play by play guys get bonus money when they say “MEGATRON” or what? Enough already.

  31. warrenmoon says: Oct 28, 2011 1:39 PM

    Well that’s a lost cause since I heard his nickname is “Bey-Bey.” Good luck competing with Megatron! You’re already 5 steps behind with that nickname

  32. deangelo23hall says: Oct 28, 2011 2:00 PM

    Um, Bumblebee?

  33. davidjcu says: Oct 28, 2011 2:09 PM


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