Number Four: Demaryius Thomas
There is no doubt that Demaryius didn’t have his finest season last year. However, in what amounts to being a down year by his standards, he still had 105 catches for north of 1,300 yards. The problem DT had was his drops, and the disappearing act that was the playoffs. Thomas was in his own head for a good part of last year, and a lot of that probably had to do with the fact that he wasn’t up to speed with the new offense, as he missed all of OTA’s dealing with a contract situation. He also had the off-field distraction of his mother getting released from prison, which seemed to cloud his mind some as well, even if it was a good thing. In 2016 there
should be no excuses. His mother has been released from prison, there is no contract to worry about, he is at OTA’s and he is up to speed. I fully expect DT to be the same type of player that warranted that massive deal he signed the past offseason. Combine his reemergence, with the emergence of the tight ends, and whoever ends up playing quarterback should have it tailor made for them to be successful, especially because they will be a very run heavy offense, and have the type of weaponry they have in the passing game for when they need to pass. Demaryius is in line for a big year, and while the stats may not be what they were in 2012-14, the impact he has should be enormous, and he shouldn’t have those games where he is a complete non-factor. If he can have another year with 100 catches, 1,200 yards, get the TD’s back up to around 10, and minimize the drops, that will amount to a huge year playing in this system. He is more than capable, and I don’t see any reason why that will not happen.
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