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Draft Scout Julius Thomas News
09/14/14 - TE Julius Thomas is becoming Peyton Manning's go-to receiver in the end zone. He caught the first of Manning's three touchdown passes, a 4-yarder to finish off the Broncos' opening possession. Thomas has four touchdown receptions in Denver's first two games.
09/11/14 - TE Julius Thomas was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after catching three touchdowns against the Colts, but was working with a green football during practice Wednesday. The green football is put into play after a player fumbles, and Thomas had one fumble on offense and bobbled an on-side kickoff that the Colts recovered.
09/08/14 - TE Julius Thomas knew when he was handed the game plan that Week 1 could be special for the offense -- and for him.
"On Wednesday you're always saying, 'Man, look at this game plan. There's five touchdowns," said Thomas. "It doesn't always happen but the first one (a 3-yard catch) was a play just down in the low red (zone)."
That was just the beginning for Thomas, who caught a career-high three touchdown receptions, the most for any Broncos tight end in 11 years. All came in the second quarter, powering the Broncos to a 24-0 lead that allowed them to withstand the Colts' second-half surge.
Indianapolis tried covering Thomas with different defenders: linebackers Jerrell Freeman and D'Qwell Jackson and safety LaRon Landry. None succeeded. He beat the Colts short, and long, with a 34-yard catch late in the first quarter that set up his first touchdown.
His only blemish came on a fourth-quarter on-side kickoff. Thomas is filling the role handled by Eric Decker last year. Sunday, he failed to finish the job, losing his grip on Pat McAfee's kickoff. The Colts recovered and scored to narrow the deficit to seven points.
"Your team's depending on you. You have to make that play," he said. "It's something I'll look at, something I'll improve upon and I cant do anything about it now, I can just try to do better next time."
09/07/14 - TE Julius Thomas had a breakthrough year last season when he caught 12 touchdown passes, the most by a tight end in Broncos history. He began this season by building on that and showing he is going to present matchup problems for opposing defenses on a weekly basis. "It's tough to cover a guy who runs as well as he does," QB Peyton Manning said.
Thomas finished with seven receptions for 104 yards. "I think he's a great player," coach John Fox said.
08/05/14 - TE Julius Thomas was held out of the scrimmage Aug. 2 because of a thigh bruise suffered in practice Aug. 1, but he was back to full participation Aug. 4 after the team's off day.