Broncos Preseason: 10 players to watch vs. Texans

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Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) runs past Oakland Raiders cornerback Keith McGill (39) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

2. Demaryius Thomas, WR

Like Manning, Thomas is making his season debut. He’s been apparently picking up the pace at practice of late.

Thomas signed a massive contract extension this offseason, and he’s going to be counted on to play a massive role in this offense for the Broncos this season.

One of the elite playmakers in the game today, Thomas has — for the most part — had his way with defensive backs and that should be no different with the Houston secondary. While an improved unit, the Broncos will find ways to create one on one situations for Thomas to win and I’m excited to get a chance to see how he is going to be used in this offense, even if we’re just getting a small taste.

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