Oct 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Julius Thomas has been really quiet since his first-half outburst to begin the 2014 season. Hampered by an ankle injury towards the end of the season, we have not seen a lot of Julius Thomas who burst onto the scene during the 2013 season. Now, in his contract year, Julius Thomas has become almost a non-factor in the Broncos’ passing attack. This is not good news for him.
When he was performing well, the Broncos had placed an offer on the table for him but they could not complete it and the offer was removed. I originally thought it was a good idea especially in his case because it was important to see how he would perform in 2014. A lot of promise turned into disappointment.
While it appears that Demaryius Thomas might be on his way to seeing a new deal, which he should, the future of Julius Thomas remains unknown. There are still other players on the Denver Broncos roster that will become free agents at the end of this season. Players like Terrence Knighton, Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall to name a few. Like it was last year, the Broncos more than likely will not be able to keep everyone. There is a chance that they use the franchise tag, but it only applies to one player.
I think how Julius Thomas performs in the playoffs will determine his future with the Denver Broncos. If he falls flat on his face like Eric Decker did in the Super Bowl, Julius Thomas may not return. He was an exciting player to watch in 2013, but knowing John Elway he wants to see his players perform like that season to season. Julius Thomas did record 12 touchdowns on the year, but he had fewer than 50 receptions and less than 500 yards receiving.
In order for him to stay with the Broncos come training camp 2015, he is going to have to play the next few games (depending on how far Denver gets) like he is auditioning for the big role in a play. If he can become the Julius Thomas that Broncos Country knows well and can show he can become a blocker was well, I have no doubt in my mind that the Broncos will welcome him back. But if he does not show that, he maybe well on his way out.
So, Julius Thomas, it is time for your dress rehearsal. Show everyone that you deserve to stay with the Broncos for years to come.