Could former Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas be reuniting with Josh McDaniels? The wide receiver is reportedly visiting the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was hired by the Denver Broncos as head coach back in 2009. A year later, the Broncos drafted wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. A Thomas-McDaniels reunion could be happening.
According to NFL Insider Field Yates, Thomas is visiting with the Patriots on Wednesday.
Thomas was traded from Denver to the Houston Texans in late October of 2018, right before the trade deadline. He played in seven games for Houston before going down with a torn Achilles.
What would the Patriots be getting in Thomas? For one thing, if he has a reliable quarterback throwing him the ball (which would be the case in New England), he can be a dominant receiver. The issue with Thomas is the number of drops he has. In 2018, he had six drops.
That may not seem like a lot, but some came at very inopportune times.
Thomas recorded at least 1,000 yards in five straight seasons from 2012-2016 with Peyton Manning at quarterback.
Here is the elephant in the room: Thomas would once again be coached by Josh McDaniels. McDaniels’ tenure as the head coach of the Denver Broncos went very poorly. It just seemed like he did not know what he was doing, and wasn’t able to control the team properly.
The Patriots have experimented with some great wide receivers in the past. They traded for Randy Moss in 2007, which turned out to be a great move by them. Then, in 2011, they traded for Chad Johnson (Ochocinco), which ended up being a failure.
Thomas is 31-years old, coming off a very serious injury.
If the Patriots make a move to sign him, I’m not sure how much of an impact he will make. It all depends on how they plan on using him alongside Julian Edelman, as well as whether or not he can get along with McDaniels.