Peyton Manning and Eric Decker worked together all summer and it showed when the quarterback connected with his big wide receiver for a touchdown on Saturday during the inter-squad scrimmage.
The question that many fans have been asking is what about big Demaryius Thomas? Thomas didn’t get the chance to work with Manning in the off season as much as Decker did, and it showed early in camp.
However, Thomas was said to have had his best day in camp on Thursday
“catching several passes in team drills from Manning, including a long sideline route to go with a play in the corner of the end zone during red-zone drills that brought loud cheers from the fans.” – Jeff Legwold (Denver Post)
Manning sees all kinds of potential with Thomas.
“I just think he’s made some impressive plays,” Manning said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “His size and strength are special. I think he’s used that size, and that strength, and that speed. He’s just had some consistent practices. That’s all we’re looking for as an offense is some kind of consistency, not having two good days, one off day.
It’s hard to say who will have a better year between Decker and Thomas (or could it be Brandon Stokley, or the tight ends?). The thing Manning is looking for is many people to step up in many different ways at many different times. That’s how it’s been throughout his 14 year NFL career, and that’s what he’s trying to make a reality for the Broncos this year.
Thomas had 32 receptions for 551 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2011.