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Peyton Manning urged the Dolphins to acquire Julius Thomas

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Before the Dolphins acquired Julius Thomas, they checked his references. And one of those references, Peyton Manning, told them just what they wanted to hear.

Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen has coached Manning and wanted a quarterback’s perspective on how Thomas is as a teammate. Christensen told the Palm Beach Post that they loved what Manning told them about Thomas always wanting to put in extra work to get better.

“[Manning] talked a lot about [Thomas asking], ‘Would you stay out and help me with this? Take me through this. Would you watch a little tape with me? Would you explain what you want on this?’ And he still does the same thing. I’ll see him in Coach Gase’s office and his questions are right. His questions and his process are right, which as a coach, [is what] you’re looking for,” Christensen told the Palm Beach Post.

Christensen emerged from his conversation with Manning convinced that Thomas can play in Miami the way he did in Denver, where he was a Pro Bowler in both of his seasons as a starter, and not the way he did in Jacksonville, where he was a disappointment as a free agent signing.

“Hearing Peyton talk about him and what he meant to the offense, Gase knows him inside out. Gase knows exactly what he’s getting and knows how to use him. [Gase] used him extremely well out there in Denver. I have great confidence that we will get that. It’s not a speculation. There’s some – as you like to say – empirical data. There’s data we can see, see him do it [and] see the things we need him to do. That always is encouraging,” Christensen said.

We’ll see this season whether Ryan Tannehill comes to like Thomas as much as Manning does.

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29 Responses to “Peyton Manning urged the Dolphins to acquire Julius Thomas”
  1. yankeemofo says: May 8, 2017 12:46 PM

    He will flounder in Miami as he did in JAX. The heat, the humidity, the QB…

  2. dlw492 says: May 8, 2017 12:46 PM

    Phins fan here.. I like Thomas, but he’s very injury prone & I doubt he will play all 16

  3. tylawspick6 says: May 8, 2017 12:50 PM

    tap into that guyer batch of peds from
    gomer’s wife down in miami

    goodell will allow it

  4. nyfcat says: May 8, 2017 12:50 PM

    Obviously Peyton is a great recommendation. It also needs to be taken into account, though, that Julius Thomas was a healthy 25-26 year old working for a big payday during this time with Manning. He’s now 29, paid, and coming off two injury plagued seasons where he was out of shape.

  5. tunechi90 says: May 8, 2017 12:51 PM

    Hopefully that can translate into catching more balls. Dude is athletic but poor catching ability.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: May 8, 2017 12:57 PM

    “goodell will allow it”

    No he won’t. The Fins are a threat to his beloved Jets so he’s already looking for a new “bullygate” to hit Miami with.

  7. brwmstr says: May 8, 2017 1:03 PM

    Payton Manning….G.O.A.T of the regular season Quarterbacks!!!! Hang a banner

  8. noose18 says: May 8, 2017 1:05 PM

    They’ll be lucky to get 8 games from him

  9. rockstar904 says: May 8, 2017 1:05 PM

    Problem with JT is that he’s a terrible blocker, so if he’s lining up, it’s almost always a pass play… And he’s made of paper. The wind blows wrong and he’s injured.

    Wish he had been better for the Jags.

  10. patriots123456 says: May 8, 2017 1:14 PM

    Peyton told him if you have anything sent to your house, put it in the wife’s name.

  11. akira1971 says: May 8, 2017 1:14 PM

    Who cares what Manning thinks? If Gase coached him before, shouldn’t he already know everything he needs to know?

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 8, 2017 1:18 PM

    Like Brady is a product of the Patriots system, Thomas was a product of Manning’s​ system. I don’t see him succeed anywhere else.

  13. tjacks7 says: May 8, 2017 1:20 PM

    I’m no NFL expert, although I did predict the Packers would get embarrassed by 20+ points in the NFCCG, but I’m pretty sure Ryan Tannehill is not in the same universe as Peyton Manning. Seems like Gase is the only connection here that makes sense and/or matters.

  14. nhpats says: May 8, 2017 1:28 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 1:18 PM
    Like Brady is a product of the Patriots system, Thomas was a product of Manning’s​ system. I don’t see him succeed anywhere else.

    —————

    Manning’s system. Using copious amounts of bootleg HgH to gain a competitive advantage and then claiming the stuff was for his 30-something year old wife?

  15. bigfan62 says: May 8, 2017 1:29 PM

    As a receiving TE, Thomas is a stud. Problem is, he can’t block his way out of a paper bag.

  16. grogansheroes says: May 8, 2017 1:36 PM

    I have only one question. Why?

  17. bullcharger says: May 8, 2017 1:37 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 1:18 PM
    Like Brady is a product of the Patriots system, Thomas was a product of Manning’s​ system. I don’t see him succeed anywhere else.

    ———-

    Brady succeed

  18. Bizzareslantpass says: May 8, 2017 1:54 PM

    Julius Thomas is forever in debt to Peyton Manning on so many levels.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 8, 2017 2:00 PM

    bullcharger says:
    May 8, 2017 1:37 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 1:18 PM
    Like Brady is a product of the Patriots system, Thomas was a product of Manning’s​ system. I don’t see him succeed anywhere else.

    ———-

    Brady succeed

    ——–

    So can other QBs playing in the Patriots system. Garoppolo and Brissette went 3-1 including wins against 2 playoff teams just last year. That’s success by any measure you use.

  20. VenerableAxiom says: May 8, 2017 2:02 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 1:18 PM
    Like Brady is a product of the Patriots system, Thomas was a product of Manning’s​ system. I don’t see him succeed anywhere else.
    ====
    Hello, that was Gase’s system.

  21. ecarlso8 says: May 8, 2017 2:04 PM

    Julius thomas has been crap since he left the pass friendly manning offense.

  22. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 8, 2017 2:08 PM

    Payton Manning….G.O.A.T of the regular season Quarterbacks!!!! Hang a banner
    _______________________

    Dude, we just hung one. SB 50 Champs. Thanks for asking. How’s your team doing?

    Love,

    The Denver Broncos

  23. FinFan68 says: May 8, 2017 2:36 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    May 8, 2017 2:02 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 1:18 PM
    Like Brady is a product of the Patriots system, Thomas was a product of Manning’s​ system. I don’t see him succeed anywhere else.
    ====
    Hello, that was Gase’s system.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sure it was…in the huddle. At the line, Manning changed everything up based on what he saw. Outside of personnel packages, it was more Manning’s system than Gase’s

  24. chc4 says: May 8, 2017 2:37 PM

    Peyton also played with him before he got broke off. That can have an affect on work ethic.

  25. thrifty says: May 8, 2017 2:38 PM

    JT was like that BEFORE he got his big contract. He was known to be soft, couldn’t block worth a lick, and his dad is a psycho.

    No worth the trouble.

  26. ovaw8lova says: May 8, 2017 2:57 PM

    The issue with Thomas isnt ability, its health. If he was healthy he may still be in Jacksonville.

  27. leef2020 says: May 8, 2017 3:48 PM

    NOT.

    Or, just maybe, Adam Gase as QB Coach and Offensive Coordinator in Denver, learned and remembered all he needed to know about Julius Thomas during Thomas’ 4 years there from 2011-2014.

    Must be a slow news day?!?

  28. scrotiemcb says: May 8, 2017 4:04 PM

    Thomas is a great player. He just won’t play dinged, which I fully respect from the human level, but it has its drawbacks on a professional level.

    He wasn’t dependable in Denver, and that is unacceptable for a key cog who insists on being paid like one.

  29. jags2daship says: May 9, 2017 9:45 AM

    I knew he was going to be a guy that fleeced us in Jax. Fat, injured and going through the motions

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