Demaryius Thomas signs with Patriots

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Veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas paid a visit to the Patriots recently and he’ll be spending more time in New England in the future.

According to multiple reports, Thomas has agreed to a deal with the former Broncos and Texans wideout. No terms have been reported. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports it is a one-year deal worth up to $6 million.

The move will reunite Thomas with his first NFL head coach as Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was in Denver when the Broncos selected Thomas in the first round of the 2010 draft. He’d go on to make five Pro Bowls and win a Super Bowl with Denver before being traded to Houston in the middle of last season.

Thomas tore his Achilles on Christmas Eve, which ended his season and led to his release earlier this year. He’ll have to get back to health before we’ll get much of an idea about his chances of making an impact on offense for the Patriots, but there will be opportunities in a receiver group that’s unsettled beyond Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett.

81 responses to “Demaryius Thomas signs with Patriots

  1. He won’t even play until at least week 10. That’s ok as long he gets some reps to get timing and synergy with Brady before playoffs. At the very least he can be a good red zone target

  2. Looks like a good signing. Still, to be successful in New England, a player needs to be smart and extremely hard working. That’s why players like Thomas, Wayne and Johnson couldn’t cut it…

  3. It’s a low risk, no reward signing as he will retire during training camp just as his Denver teammate Eric Decker did last year.

  4. never been a fan. always felt he was overrated but now i guess i have to hope for the best, but im expecting the worst. hes old and hes coming off a career killer injury for a wr, especially one well over 30. ill be skeptical of him even making the team.

  5. “Low risk/potential high reward” type of move we’re used to the Patriots making. He’s a nice big target for Brady.

  6. I’m optimistic given that he could attend the TB12 Sports Therapy Institute and get the injured muscle tissue stretched out. If he could get to 100 %, imagine Thomas, Gordon and Edelman running routes for Brady?

  7. I see this probably working out like so many other veteran receivers that have come and gone before ever making an impact there. Too bad Mitchell couldn’t stay healthy.

  8. Thomas seems like a decent guy and his numbers were always really nice. But any Bronco’s fan will tell you, he drops all of the key catches.

  9. The Pats have wanted this guy for 2/3 yrs. Don’t really get it, but gotta trust the system and M cDaniels knowledge

  10. He’ll be just fine until Gordon gets out of rehab jail about mid-season. Another genius move by BB.

  11. He was always fairly decent as a short pass YAC guy who had the strength to break tackles. He’s lost speed, but that profile fits well with Pats offense. At worse, he’s a big body red zone target opposite AS-J.

  12. Thomas is going to play every game of the 2018 season. Book it. It takes between 6 to 9 months to recover from an ACL tear. The Patriots will kickoff Sunday Night Football on September 8th. Do the math on that one. He should be fine by then.

  13. A Bills fan looking forward to the upcoming season? I guess if your team has been irrelevant for about 25 years and you’ve had to watch the Rob Johnsons, JP Losmans and EJ Manuels of the world steer your team into a ditch, the arrival of Josh Allen must look like the second coming of Jim Kelly. Unfortunately, anyone with two eyes can see that Allen, throughout college and in his 1 year in the NFL has shown that he’ll be lucky to have the ceiling of Joey Harrington and a floor of JaMarcus Russell.

  14. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    April 16, 2019 at 5:13 pm
    withhold any judgement until we see just how much of that “up to $6 million” is guaranteed.
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    I think I can safely tell you, given the injury, and Pats’ savviness, it’ll be mostly target-based.

  15. Last year the Texans gave up a 4th rnd pick for Thomas and a prorated portion of a big contract—this year the Pats give up nothing and sign him to an incentive laden deal. Even when considering the injury recovery it sounds like a good move.

  16. terripet says:
    April 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    Best wr on the roster

    0 7 Rate This

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    pats have 5 sb appearances and 3 sb titles since your team’s last sb appearance

    dorsett also has a ring and brissett stands with a clipboard

    a fleece job by bb across the board

    enjoy your pathetic franchise in pretty white tights

  17. I can’t help but laugh at all the haters still commenting on Pats posts..It’s just a team with a need making a signing..
    But I do have some advice for the haters.. Give up man..Your comments haven’t changed anything the last 20 years..But keep chugging I guess.. Sooner or later you’ll be right..

  18. “It takes between 6 to 9 months to recover from an ACL tear. The Patriots will kickoff Sunday Night Football on September 8th. Do the math on that one. He should be fine by then.”

    Yeah 6 – 9 months for minimal recovery but it takes a full year for most players to return to 100%. Highly unlikely he’ll be on the field opening night and if so not likely anywhere near full strength. Much more likely to start the year on the PUP list.

    And even if he does play its wait and see whether he works out or not. More vets have come in here and not made it than have been successful with the Pats. Sure would be great if by mid season he was both back to 100% and makes an impact though.

  19. FootballSeasonRules says:
    April 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Thomas is going to play every game of the 2018 season. Book it. It takes between 6 to 9 months to recover from an ACL tear. The Patriots will kickoff Sunday Night Football on September 8th. Do the math on that one. He should be fine by then.

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    I was curious about this as well, and it turns out there was a study done among 93 NFL players with achilles injuries. Turns out, 73% made it back to the field, and on average it took closer to about 11 months. That means assuming the Patriots are pleased with his recovery status, he’ll be starting the season on PUP and won’t be available until after week 6. I’m skeptical about the chances he contributes anything, but lets hope they don’t end up having to rely on him and can either draft or trade for someone who can contribute starting week 1.

  20. Bills fan looking forward to the upcoming season? I guess if your team has been irrelevant for about 25 years and you’ve had to watch the Rob Johnsons, JP Losmans and EJ Manuels of the world steer your team into a ditch, the arrival of Josh Allen must look like the second coming of Jim Kelly. Unfortunately, anyone with two eyes can see that Allen, throughout college and in his 1 year in the NFL has shown that he’ll be lucky to have the ceiling of Joey Harrington and a floor of JaMarcus Russell.

    Yep… because we all know of how BB swindled (name any NFL team) into a trade to move into the 1st round to draft Brady… you’re a clown bro. Your run is 100% luck. You lucked into Brady. Other teams were stupid we get it, but it’s not like your team had any idea how good he’d be. Without him, you don’t win 1 Super Bowl. Not one.

  21. I was thinking that this signing was more like a move tight end…..like A Hernandez. How big is this guy? I always thought he was a bit slow to play wide out but the Pats will probably utilize him differently.

  22. Mel Man says:
    April 16, 2019 at 5:21 pm
    It’s a low risk, no reward signing as he will retire during training camp just as his Denver teammate Eric Decker did last year.

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    He wont be in camp. Reread the article you will note he has to recover first. He will start playing probably mid season+. Hes just some extra padding they can add late in the year.

  23. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    April 16, 2019 at 5:42 pm
    thejetssuck2001 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    hes old and hes coming off a career killer injury for a wr, especially one well over 30.
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    He’s 31

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    32 midseason. most reveivers stop being effective after 30 especially one thats 32 and coming off a torn achilles

  24. Hey we’ve all seen belycheck pick up someone and drop them just as fast. Thomas has to show something to stick to this team.

  25. Does he still have that hunger to succeed. Hard to say.

    Could also be a foil. Bill loves to cut a good player in preseason to send a message.

  26. onebuffalove716 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 7:20 pm
    Bills fan looking forward to the upcoming season? I guess if your team has been irrelevant for about 25 years and you’ve had to watch the Rob Johnsons, JP Losmans and EJ Manuels of the world steer your team into a ditch, the arrival of Josh Allen must look like the second coming of Jim Kelly. Unfortunately, anyone with two eyes can see that Allen, throughout college and in his 1 year in the NFL has shown that he’ll be lucky to have the ceiling of Joey Harrington and a floor of JaMarcus Russell.

    Yep… because we all know of how BB swindled (name any NFL team) into a trade to move into the 1st round to draft Brady… you’re a clown bro. Your run is 100% luck. You lucked into Brady. Other teams were stupid we get it, but it’s not like your team had any idea how good he’d be. Without him, you don’t win 1 Super Bowl. Not one.

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    Yup. 9 superbowls in 18 years, a long term sustained 50% superbowl appearance rate on nothing but luck. Yep, luck.

    BTW, Allen is too a good QB. Still a lot of work to be done in Buffalo but drafting Allen was a good start.

  27. Typical Patriots move. Buy low. Get a guy with something to prove on a 1 year deal. Maybe he plays his butt off and makes a big contribution, maybe he get’s cut or retires during training camp.

  28. Yep… because we all know of how BB swindled (name any NFL team) into a trade to move into the 1st round to draft Brady… you’re a clown bro. Your run is 100% luck. You lucked into Brady. Other teams were stupid we get it, but it’s not like your team had any idea how good he’d be. Without him, you don’t win 1 Super Bowl Not one. Luck you say ? Too bad the boy I love losing super bowls could find some luck as you call it 😁

  29. Pats qb coach loved brady but they had a 100 million dollar qb already so they weren’t drafting a an before rd 6. belichick asked Rehbein who do you prefer brady or tom ratty and the rest is history.

  30. Another troubled player the Pats help rehabilitate their image I guess Myra Krafts philosophy never left the Pats. Be willing to take the risk and you get rewarded.

  31. Of course the creation and dominance of the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport is solely the result of “good luck”. On the other hand, it takes pure skill and mastery of your craft to lose four straight Super Bowls. Free Jack Eichel !

  32. In all fairness to Thomas, here is a list of the QB’s throwing him the ball since he joined the league….

    Kyle Orton
    Tim Tebow
    Peyton Manning (he of the lame duck throws after neck surgery)
    Brock Osweiler
    Trevor Siemian
    Paxton Lynch
    Case Keenum

    It will be hard for him to find a way to work out timing with Brady if he isn’t healthy enough for full speed reps by training camp. Brady will have to devote a lot of time to whoever is healthy since there are going to be so many holes to fill on the receiver roster. They won’t be able to cater to one guy at the expense of the team. If that is the case they may be unable to reserve a roster spot for him until he can meld with the rest of the team during the season. They will know more as the season approaches and if they won;t be able to wait for him he could be an early camp release so he can catch on elsewhere. Hopefully he is healthy and has gas in the tank.

  33. Polksaladandy…….or, Joetoronto as he’s known on Bills websites, Allen is the new big dog on the block. He was spectacular with hot garbage to throw to and block for him. Holmes, Kerley and Benjamin, his starters were all gone before midseason. Don’t tell me you like the O line rebuild and wr pickups. Now that he’s had an off-season and a camp as the QB 1, he will be a monster. He improved every game last year, and dominated the Fins in the finale.

  34. Yep… because we all know of how BB swindled (name any NFL team) into a trade to move into the 1st round to draft Brady… you’re a clown bro. Your run is 100% luck. You lucked into Brady. Other teams were stupid we get it, but it’s not like your team had any idea how good he’d be. Without him, you don’t win 1 Super Bowl. Not one.

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    Not 1 SB win…. kind of like the Bills?

    Whether they lucked into him or not, it really doesn’t matter. They have won 6 rings in the last 20 years. The Bills have done squat the whole time.

  35. terripet says:
    April 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    Best wr on the roster

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    That makes at least 4-5 Pats receivers who are better than any receiver on your Colts.

  36. He’ll be good in NE. Probably avg 6targets a game around 60yds a game. Which is perfect for them. He doesn’t need to be a #1. Just big WR good redzone target that can help move the chains when called upon

    Non pats fan.

  37. It’s a good signing. The cupboard is pretty bare. Pats still need to draft a WR in the first round, preferably trading up for some exceptional talent. This letting Brady get by with dumpster-diving talent is getting old.

  38. Great signing!! He’s a great route runner and I expect the same production he had in 2014 when he caught 111 balls with Peyton Manning. After that, he played with stellar quaterbacks like Tebow, Osweiler, Siemian and Keenum. Of course his numbers went down with those bum’s..
    Gotta love my beloved New England Patriots… Nobody is better at recognizing talent that the rest of the league overlooked.

  39. Get ready for lots of drops. Easy drops, in big games. Usually when it’s a first down. It can’t be proved but the timing on some of them and the way he drops them. I think he’s throwing the game. Pete Morelli would be proud.

  40. High ceiling, low risk signing. It also helps New England in the upcoming draft. Drafting a WR isn’t as big a priority now and New England can take a rock solid offensive or defensive lineman.

  41. I think this is an indication of how thin the WR corps is in NE. It’s a good thing they have a quality stable of running backs, because I think it’ll be awhile before the passing game can carry them. I guess the big question is, where will the Patriots be in the standings by the time Thomas can actually contribute?

  42. domedaddy says:
    April 16, 2019 at 10:59 pm
    Wow, what a desperation signage by the Pats. This guy is done.

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    I don’t making a camp invite vet come to them on price is “desperation”. The bottom line is, with Gronk gone, NE needs to expect a downtick at the TE spot, and to continue to build the run game, while adding depth to the WR spot.

    A trade for another veteran up against a cap crunch elsewhere with some many teams in cap hell, is not out of the question, Gordon still may come back, Berrios was drafted last year and has been redshirted, Dorsett is solid and got better, and NE will surely draft a couple of WRs in the draft.

    Ellington may be a sneaky good signing, too, since he runs all the routes from the X and Y, and just needs to get a rapport with Brady an stay healthy.

    It’s not like Hogan lit it up at the X last year and Gronk was his normal legendary self all year either.

    This offense will be more like 2004’s. Demarius THomas or whoever just needs to be David Givens.

    Pats are not built via defense, more so than a high octane offense of 2007-2017.

  43. gimmeabruschi says:
    April 17, 2019 at 4:10 am
    It’s a good signing. The cupboard is pretty bare. Pats still need to draft a WR in the first round, preferably trading up for some exceptional talent. This letting Brady get by with dumpster-diving talent is getting old.dumpster diving to 6 sb wins lol

  44. By the way the contract incentive are written in, it sure looks like DT is betting on himself to not only be ready to play, but be ready to excell in the Patriots program……
    I’m way cool with the RISKvsREWARD in that scenario……
    I believe IF DT is fully healthy & hits all his incentives that the Pats will have gotten a great deal for the full contract of 6 million….
    Go Pats!!!!

  45. WR with the worst case of the dropsies I’ve ever seen. He’s always been super soft and now he’s lost a step since going vegan and injuring his Achilles. Good for NE, though.

  46. This guy is super smart, solid veteran, and physical beast that can use his size if he loses a step. This will be a good signing if his body co-operates. Watched him every game for 8 year in Denver. Yes he has had some drops, but overall super consistent and can be a game changer. Only 31

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