Nov 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) runs with the ball after making a catch against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
This may not seem bold until you realize what could happen because of it.
Thomas has six straight 100-yard receiving games. He’s only the ninth player in NFL history to do that.
After he pulls off the trick again this Sunday, he will be one game from tying his fellow Georgia Tech alum Calvin Johnson’s NFL record of eight straight 100-yard games.
You would have never known Thomas was struggling, and mightily, to start the season. He suffered from a bad case of the drops, and his confidence was shaken. This was not anything he was used to and you could tell.
People started to question if it was the lack of a contract or if he was hurt. They started to question if Thomas was one of the best in the NFL.
Since those early struggles, Thomas has caught anything and everything Manning throws to him. He’s also proven that talk was complete nonsense.
Now he’s not only challenging Johnson’s NFL record for consecutive games with 100 yards, he’s challenging him for the best wideout in the game.
“Calvin, he’s the best receiver in the game,” Thomas told the media this week, “and if I beat his record, maybe I can get talked about being one of the best. If you ask me, I think I am ‘on Johnson’s level.’ But today, it’s other peoples’ opinions. So, I think I’m close. I’m not going to say I’m better than him. I got some things to work on.
“But all that really matters to me is if I can go out and play my best football on Sunday to help my team win.”
Thomas may remain humble, but his teammates don’t have to.
“Demaryius is the best,” teammate Quinton Carter told the media. “With his size and speed and his ability to go get the ball, it’s just freakish. Any given day he’s going to put up huge numbers on you. He works hard and with his ability, it’s a long day for any DB.”
Thomas takes another step this weekend with his seventh-straight 100-yard receiving game.