Denver Broncos star tight end Julius Thomas better prepare himself for a bigger workload. Or if not bigger, more diverse. According to FOX Sports, the athletic fourth-year tight end is in for a “more creative” role in Denver’s pass-happy offense after having a more simplified role in 2013.
That simplified approach still let to nearly 70 receptions and 12 touchdowns, which has Broncos fans thinking even bigger in 2014.
Thomas was quite raw coming off of just one college season in Portland State, making him a small school product with little experience. Needless to say, no one was too shocked when he registered just one catch through his first two NFL seasons. On the flip-side, many were surprised when he came out of nowhere in week one of last season, where he busted out for two scores.
The even bigger surprise was how his play and role stretched out over the entire season. Despite numerous talented mouths to feed, Thomas held onto a key role. He even battled injury to remain an elite weapon in Denver’s potent passing attack. Take Eric Decker (now with the New York Jets) out of the equation, and Thomas is looking at an even bigger role in 2014. After producing at a high level in his first full season a year ago, improved numbers won’t just be a goal for Thomas – they’ll be expected.