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Julius Thomas: Broncos will use me more creatively this year

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Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is one of several players keeping an eye on how things play out with Jimmy Graham’s franchise tag grievance because his future contract negotiations will likely be impacted by whatever the arbitrator rules in regard to Graham being viewed as a tight end or a wide receiver.

Thomas is heading into the final year of his rookie deal, so he will be in line for a big raise regardless of Graham’s ultimate situation. Unless he reaches a deal with the Broncos before the start of the season, the question of how big a deal will be determined in part by his production in 2014. According to Thomas, an additional year of experience will lead to bigger and different things.

“What I think people will see different in me [this year] is that they will use me a lot more creatively,” Thomas said, via FOXSports.com. “I think there are a lot of things that our offense wanted to do with me, but you can only learn so much in one year. No matter how much time you have at practice, it never seems to be enough when you’re learning and trying to come into your own.”

Thomas played just one year of college football and injuries kept him off the field for most of his first two seasons, so he really hasn’t had that much time to polish his skills on the football field. The absence of Eric Decker should offer Thomas more opportunities than he had on his way to 65 catches and 12 touchdowns last season. Taking advantage of them would likely impact the look of his next contract as much or more than any arbitrator’s ruling.

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16 Responses to “Julius Thomas: Broncos will use me more creatively this year”
  1. clownsfan says: Jul 2, 2014 9:58 AM

    And STILL lose the Super Bowl.

  2. floratiotime says: Jul 2, 2014 9:58 AM

    Cause like it’s all about YOU.

  3. jjackwagon says: Jul 2, 2014 9:58 AM

    Denver doesn’t have the cupcake schedule they had last year so they had better be more “creative”.

  4. osiris33 says: Jul 2, 2014 10:00 AM

    43-8.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 2, 2014 10:19 AM

    LOADED at receiving positions.

    Andy Dalton is jealous.

    SEE: Pretend #2 wr Marvin Jones, pathetic #3 wr Mohamed Sanu, and uninspired, undependable, non-explosive Jermaine Gresham

  6. ravensrunthenfl says: Jul 2, 2014 10:39 AM

    #ZEROSUPERBOWLSSINCECAPGATE

  7. Heretopissuoff says: Jul 2, 2014 10:51 AM

    I got it so the ball is gonna deflect off your hands and then the Seahawks will return it for a touchdown.43-8 BEATDOWN
    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr
    10-6

  8. hugeredskinsfan says: Jul 2, 2014 11:28 AM

    I don’t remember this many Seahawks fans two years ago….

  9. floratiotime says: Jul 2, 2014 11:45 AM

    “I don’t remember this many Seahawks fans two years ago….”

    Nails it !

  10. ravenswhat says: Jul 2, 2014 11:45 AM

    This guy would be a no name if he didn’t have Peyton. So sick of hearing him talk about himself so much lately.

  11. Jason Culley says: Jul 2, 2014 11:48 AM

    hugeredskinsfans there wasn’t this many. Don’t worry these new Seahawks fans will have a new team very soon! Respect to the fans that stick with their teams through good and more importantly bad times!

  12. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 2, 2014 11:57 AM

    How about becoming creative in finding out how not to choke in the big games?

  13. kj777 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:39 PM

    Doesn’t matter if you cant protect Peyton. I love payton but he and Brady are below average QB’s when you get pressure on them.
    All the games Payton lost in the playoffs, he got extreme pressure. Brady lost 2 super bowls to NY and each time NY got pressure on Brady. Watch those games, you’ll see. The problem is, it’s hard getting pressure on these guys.

  14. listenup823 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:54 PM

    Everyone talks about Denver choking but remember… 30 other teams choked first… Yes, including the Ravens, the Raiders and the Patriots..

  15. weepingjebus says: Jul 2, 2014 1:11 PM

    “Sometime I’ll catch the ball and run upfield, and other times I’ll run upfield and then catch the ball.”

  16. reesesteel23 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:11 PM

    They didn’t exist back then. You know that!

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