The Broncos are ranked 31st in the passing game. That’s okay for now if the ground game is ranked 1st. There came a time last week, however, when the passing game needed to step up.
All eyes were on Tim Tebow’s arm. He cocked back and 10 out of his 15 passes were completed.
My how the times have changed. Just a little over three months ago, Tebow was taking snaps as a third string quarterback while the man taken before him in the 2010 draft was watching from the sidelines at training camp.
Now Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas (along with Eric Decker) have formed one of the most threatening passing offenses in the league.
I know what you’re thinking. Tebow has one good passing game and now the Broncos are a consistent threat through the air? They are because of the Broncos are such a threat on the ground, and because Demaryius Thomas is finding his stride.
Thomas tore his Achilles last February and didn’t see much action during training camp.
“I felt bad for him to be perfectly honest because you know how bad he wants to play,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “You could just see the frustration on his face that everyone else is out there during training camp doing certain things and he couldn’t be out there.”
Thomas had 4 receptions for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns in his biggest game as a pro against the Vikings last week.
“As a quarterback, you love to have a guy like that on your football team – a big physical guy who is easy to see wherever he is on the field, and he goes up and attacks the ball,” McCoy said.
At some points, Thomas was so wide open that he could have caught the ball, done a little tap dance and given the Mile High Salute, and then made his way to the end zone. Thomas was so open because the Vikings were cheating towards Tebow and Decker who has 658 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns on the season to lead the Broncos.
“When I was watching film, I saw them cheating to Decker’s side more,” Thomas said.
Thomas surely made the Bears’ scouting report after that kind of performance last week so don’t expect the second-year player to be that wide open multiple times this week.
Thomas is deserving of a game like that.
“He’s a great kid, he works extremely hard, everyone loves being around the guy, and all his hard work is going to pay off,” McCoy said. “The sky’s the limit for him.”
As for any lingering concerns about Thomas’s health, those were put to bed last week.
“I’m fine,” Thomas said. “Achilles is good and everything is good. I’ve got my explosiveness back. I feel good.”