Julius Thomas is tackled by Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch (33) at Sports Authority Field. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE)

Broncos TE Julius Thomas Bouncing Back From Ankle Injury

At 6’5,” the legs of tight end Julius Thomas can get him places in a hurry. On Monday those long legs got him downfield and past a defender to catch a 40-yard pass from Brock Osweiler.

Thomas currently sits fourth on the depth chart behind Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme, and Virgil Green. Not to mention, second year tight end Cornelius Ingram is making a name for himself. He had a catch for 20 yards against the Chicago Bears, and he’s reeled in some big catches during practice.

Nevertheless, Thomas believes his chance will come.

“You’re going to get an opportunity,” Thomas said. “You never know when it’s going to come. I was starting last year and next thing you know, I’m down. I’m just going to do what’s expected of me and wait for my chance to get an opportunity.”

Thomas went down with an ankle injury in week two last season against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was forced to miss the rest of the season, and then he had to have surgery in March. He did not participate in OTA’s, so his first real action since last year has been in camp.

“I definitely have a lot more strength still to build in that leg from the ankle on up to the hip,” Thomas said. “It’s coming along. It feels better than it felt at any point post-injury last year.”

Thomas was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 draft out of Portland State. He had 1 reception for 5 yards in five games last season.

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