Two indisputable facts follow Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas around these days.
The first being, as a rather big target at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds, who also happens to be the No. 1 option in the team’s passing game, he has taken his fair share of punishment Demaryius Thomas Jersey in traffic to pile up the catches and yards over the past four seasons.
The second? Even as he can now recite and compare the bumps, bruises, and strains he’s had, Thomas continues to suit up and play. And on Sunday, he showed flashes of being ready to do his part to get the big plays into the Broncos’ offense.
Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas made an impact in Sunday’s win over the Colts despite playing with a hip injury. Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports
“I want to be out there,’’ Thomas said. “I think our offense can do some things and if I can go, I’m going to go. You have to deal with things if you’re going to play in this league.’’
This time it’s a left hip injury Thomas suffered on his second catch of the season — a 6-yard reception in the Broncos’ opening night win over the Carolina Panthers. Thomas said this past week it’s a similar injury to what he had in 2012 and believes it is also an injury he will get treatment for in the weeks ahead.
After being limited in Cheap Jerseys practice last week, he finished with five receptions for 90 yards in the win over the Indianapolis Colts. His afternoon’s work included a 44-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter, where he was caught from behind by Colts safety Mike Adams at the Indianapolis 10-yard line.
As a result, the Broncos didn’t close the deal and could not turn the play into a touchdown drive as Brandon McManus ended up kicking a 23-yard field goal. That’s been a common theme for the Broncos in the season’s early going as McManus has made as many field goals (four) as the Broncos have scored touchdowns on offense.
“My legs were heavy and I wasn’t myself, but I held my own,’’ Thomas said. “ … I’m disappointed because I got caught. If I wasn’t a little banged up, I think would’ve scored. It was a great play.’’
“I think he was fine,’’ Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. “I think we did a good job of getting him to game day the right way. Boy, we threw the ball well. He and Emmanuel [Sanders] were affecting the game.’’
The Broncos, under a growing list of offensive play-callers in Thomas’ career, a list that includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chargers coach Mike McCoy, Dolphins coach Adam Gase, and now Kubiak, have used Thomas in the high-traffic areas of the field on slants and crossing patterns.
And Thomas has consistently drawn plenty of attention from opposing defenses. So he has taken plenty of big hits and some injuries, including a neck injury that bothered him most of last season to go with the current hip injury.
But he has now played 66 consecutive buy cheap jersey regular-season games to go with 10 consecutive playoff games. He hasn’t missed a game since 2011 — the season before 49 of the current Broncos were on the roster.
“I felt like when I saw him in practice last week, he was going to play,’’ Chris Harris Jr. said. “But I always feel like he’s going to play.’’
Thomas, despite his fourth consecutive season of at least 1,300 yards receiving and at least 92 catches, wasn’t quite himself last season — he said he had “way too many drops’’ — after taking big hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith that gave him neck pain he had to deal with most of the season.
“And then when I started to feel good, I took another hit in the Super Bowl and was right back to where I was,’’ Thomas said.
Thomas had one catch in the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win. But he arrived to the team’s offseason program and training camp intent on having the kind of season to keep himself on a short list in league history. In addition to Thomas, only Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison had at least four seasons of 90 receptions and 1,300 receiving yards, and only Rice has had more than four — he had five in a row.
Through two games — Trevor Siemian’s first two career starts at quarterback — Sanders has been the Broncos’ most targeted receiver with 16, but Thomas has the team lead with nine receptions and 138 yards. And even without his 44-yard catch-and-run effort on Sunday, he’d still lead the team in receiving yards.
However, given that the Broncos haven’t turn enough of their ability to move the ball on the Panthers’ and Colts’ defenses into touchdowns, the Broncos still don’t have a touchdown catch from a wide receiver.
“It’s a little worrisome,’’ Thomas said. “You can’t keep kicking field goals; it’s any given Sunday, Monday, or Thursday. One day a team might come out and score three touchdowns on our defense and if we kick five field goals, we lose the game. We’ve got to figure out what we can do to get in the end zone.’’
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