Demaryius Thomas is the AFC’s 4th leading receiver with 1,312 yards, or just three yards short of Reggie Wayne who it the conference’s 3rd leading receiving.
However, Thomas didn’t make the Pro Bowl roster this go-around. It’s hard when guys like Wayne, A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, and Wes Welker are around to fill the four spots. Welker was the only receiver voted to this year’s squad that had less yards than Thomas.
“Well, I knew that I had those guys in front of me, but I was a little disappointed,” Thomas said after Thursday’s practice. “That’s a goal for a player to do. Everybody wants to make it to the Pro Bowl, but they are great players, so it’s not much you can be disappointed about.”
Of the four AFC receivers, only Johnson has more touchdown catches (11) than Thomas (9). No one from the AFC has as many catches (26) for 20+ yards as Thomas.
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy offered up his vote for Thomas.
“I’ll take Demaryius with me any time,” McCoy said. “He is one of the best in the business and he deserved to be there, but hey, there are only so many spots. There are a lot of good football players in this league and the voting takes care of itself. Unfortunately, some guys get left out, but I’ll take Demaryius any day.”
Champ Bailey was voted onto the squad for the 12th time, and he spoke about Wesley Woodyard getting left off the roster, which can also apply to Thomas.
“The funny thing about getting in is, it’s partially a popularity contest and then you’ve got to have the coaches and players just really notice you, stand out,” Bailey said. “People will start really taking notice, ‘Oh this guy was balling last year.’ It’ll happen. You’ve just got to put years together.”
What do you think. Did Thomas deserve to make this year’s Pro Bowl roster?