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Draft Scout Julius Thomas News
08/31/15 - TE Julius Thomas is expected to require surgery for a tendon injury on his left hand and reportedly could miss up to five weeks if he does. Thomas will get a second opinion Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday. Thomas suffered a stable fracture in his left hand during Jacksonville's 23-21 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 14.
08/31/15 - Tight end Julius Thomas might need surgery on his broken hand, according to a doctor's report, general manager Dave Caldwell said. Thomas hurt the hand when he landed awkwardly after catching a pass on the Jaguars first series in their initial preseason game. "He'll be getting another opinion tomorrow," Caldwell said on Monday.
"If he does need it, it will only push him back a couple of weeks. It should be about four weeks from the date of the surgery that he would be back ... if he needs the surgery." Thomas signed a five-year, $46 million free-agent contract with the Jaguars last March. He had a strong showing during the team's offseason workouts and had developed a good rapport with quarterback Blake Bortles.
08/17/15 - TE Julius Thomas suffered a fracture to the top of his right hand against Pittsburgh in the first preseason game. Thomas has been ruled out for the remaining three preseason games with the target date to return set for the regular-season opener against Carolina on Sept. 13.
06/16/15 - TE Julius Thomas and quarterback Peyton Manning didn't become connected until their second year together in Denver. Thomas would like to move that timetable up a year when it comes to getting comfortable with Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
In Manning's first year (2012) in Denver, Thomas' second season, the pair never combined for a single pass completion, despite Thomas starting four games.
But by their second year together, they became a potent combination. Thomas was on the receiving end of 65 Manning passes, good for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. All three figures are higher than any Jaguars tight end has ever recorded in a single season.
That's why Thomas is continually asked about his relationship with Bortles. His latest answer on Tuesday indicates that things are becoming tighter between the two.
"It's been good. I'm definitely getting an opportunity to know him as a man on and off the field," Thomas said. "I'm very impressed with his work ethic. He's not cutting corners, he really wants to come out here and play at a high level and he's doing things that it's going to take to do that. I'm very impressed with that and he's still young going into his second year so he's going to keep improving and we're going to keep doing all we can as a team to help him out."
That of course prompted the next question to Thomas about how long it took for him and Manning to get on the same page with each other. Thomas somewhat dodged the question, or at best, talked around it.
He said, "That's an interesting question. I think last year we had a better relationship as far as understanding each other than we did the first year I was playing. It's always growing. Chemistry is just like anything else in life; the longer you know somebody the more you understand them. I guess that's the question of it just takes time. You're continuing to learn each other, continuing to get better."
03/11/15 - TE Julius Thomas signed a five-year, $46.25 million contract that includes $24 million guaranteed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Thomas was the No. 1 tight end on the market largely because of his production in the red zone with Peyton Manning and the prolific Denver Broncos' offense. He had 24 touchdowns and 108 receptions in the past two seasons as Denver's starting tight end.