Fresh off the bye week, the Broncos welcomed wide receiver Demaryius Thomas back to practice on Monday. Thomas, who had been out since the opening week of the season with a broken finger, will give the receiving corps a boost with his rare combination of size, speed and strength.
“(Demaryius has) size, speed, strength, all the things you look for,” Head Coach John Fox said after practice on Monday. “I think that’s probably why he was selected as high as he was. We’re looking forward to getting him back.”
The team’s top pick a year ago, Thomas caught 22 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns in 10 appearances as a rookie. He made a splash in his career debut, finishing with the second-highest reception total for a player’s NFL debut in Broncos history after posting eight catches for 97 yards against the Seahawks in a Week 2 victory last season.
His teammates are excited to see No. 88 back on the practice field, knowing that he will present problems for opposing defenses and create opportunities for the offense to move the ball.
“It was good (to get him back),” fellow wideout Eric Decker said. “I’m happy to see him healthy and get his chance because he’s one heck of a guy and he’s very athletic.”
Cornerback Champ Bailey knows the type of weapon that Thomas can be when healthy.
“He’s a good player. He’s going to be a good player for a while,” Bailey said. “It’s just staying healthy and getting back into shape, and he’ll do good things for us.”
Thomas, who battled back from an offseason Achilles tendon injury before breaking his finger is anxious to get back on the field and put the injuries behind him.
“I feel like I’m probably the healthiest I’ve been since I’ve been in the league,” Thomas said.
He knows that he’ll have plenty of opportunities waiting for him when he returns to game action.
“Basically I’m just going to come out and do my best and try to help the team and leave everything on the field,” Thomas said. “Hopefully it will be good and positive. It’s just a matter of going out there and not being timid or scared. I think I’m fine, but it’s just going out and playing.”
Below are some photos from a rainy practice on Monday.
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