Peyton Manning saw Julius Thomas’s big game coming

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Prior to tonight’s game, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas had one catch for five yards in his NFL career. In the first half against the Ravens, Thomas had four catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

That probably led to a lot of fans asking, “Who is Julius Thomas?”

But Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning saw this coming. Manning said last week on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that the Broncos had come to rely on Thomas during training camp, and he saw big things coming from the athletic young tight end.

“Well, we’ve had a number of injuries and while you hate seeing your starters get injured, it does allow an opportunity for maybe an unknown to step up and get some reps with the first team and sort of show what he’s about,” Manning said. “And we’ve had some injuries at tight end and Julius Thomas is a guy that I’m sure not many people know about but he has taken advantage of the repetitions he’s received with the first team. He’s an athlete, he’s a big guy that can really run and he really is taking advantage of the time with the starters and has made the most of it. I think he’ll play a big role for our team this year.”

Thomas played only one year of college football at Portland State after previously playing for Portland State’s basketball team, but the Broncos liked what they saw from that one season of football enough that they spent a fourth-round draft pick on him in 2011. It took some time, but that pick is now paying off.

20 responses to “Peyton Manning saw Julius Thomas’s big game coming

  1. Could’ve let me know, Peyton. Instead, I’m sitting here feeling like a complete frittata with Julius Thomas sitting on my bench with 21 points while Demaryius Thomas puts up 1 point. C’mon. I thought we were friends.

  2. C’mon goodell. This stinks. You’ve turned the league into a video game. The only people you’ve made happy are the fantasy dorks. Please give us some defense back. I got one foot out the door on this league. Believe me… I spend more on nfl tickets and merchandise than 50 ff players. Level the field and a least get rid of the Ty law rule.

  3. wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 5, 2013 10:58 PM
    This whole time I thought it was Demarius Thomas, celebrating fantasy points!

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    I feel your pain. I kept hoping there was another 8 on that jersey and not a 0.

    I also have Prater as my kicker – no f/g’s ?

  4. shivablast says:
    Sep 5, 2013 10:56 PM
    Could’ve let me know, Peyton. Instead, I’m sitting here feeling like a complete frittata with Julius Thomas sitting on my bench with 21 points while Demaryius Thomas puts up 1 point. C’mon. I thought we were friends.

    Demaryius caught 1, this may not be the norm.. he is the Alpha option in this offense make no mistake.

  5. So how many Ravens fans still think Flacco was worth all that money? Pretty embarrassing thrashing being handed out to the Super Bowl champs and Flacco (50+ passes 27 completed so far 2tdswith 2 picks and only 271 yards) mean while the old man with a bad neck (who you think your in the same category with)has lite you up for 6 frikin Tds. I’m no Manning fan but man has he made the Ravens look like Super pretenders!

  6. By the way, the weather delay gave us some hilarious pre-game entertainment. Anyone catch the Dungy interview with Flacco where Joe tried to act like that Hail Mary was all planned and stuff? The highlight was when Joe mentioned that Jacoby Jones had to “slow down” to catch his miracle bomb — gee I wonder why? Maybe because it was so badly underthrown? Nah that couldn’t be it, could it? Nah. It was just a brilliantly designed play, all the way to planning for the Denver DB to slip on the turf before he could pick off the duck.

  7. It’s always nice to see a guy have a break out game, they obviously kept him for a reason and this is why.

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