Oct 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox (20) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The early bye week in the NFL is not ideal, but it apparently did wonders for Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who has been absolutely dominant in the three games the Broncos have been back.
His 36 receptions, 521 yards, and five touchdowns are the best numbers any Broncos receiver has put up in a three game stretch, and he’s playing arguably the best football of his career. In addition to catching Peyton Manning’s NFL record 509th touchdown pass, Demaryius caught number 510, and is showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever.
Because the Broncos pulled their starters in the fourth quarter for the most part, Thomas didn’t even reach the full potential of the numbers he was capable of posting on Sunday night. He ended the game with eight receptions on nine targets for 171 yards and two scores, all in the span of three quarters.
He’s making his case as the best wide receiver in football right now, though so many people give all the credit to Peyton Manning (maybe rightfully so) that they don’t really give Thomas enough.
With Thomas’ recent stretch of performances, any early season rust has been taken care of and he is firmly entrenched as the Broncos’ number one target in the passing game, even though he has a ways to go before catching Julius Thomas for the team lead with nine touchdown grabs. Demaryius is coming for you, Julius.
It’s great to see Demaryius playing this well, and to be honest, he’s making it look pretty easy. Some of my followers on Twitter were trying to tell me there was a chance Perrish Cox could shut down Thomas, but we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. There aren’t many corners that can shut him down outright, so Cox making that happen never seemed like a reality.
His blend of size, speed, hands, strength, and ability to create separation are just too much for cornerbacks right now, and he’s making teams look silly no matter what coverage they throw at him.