With training camp just a day away, it’s a full house in Dove Valley. Demaryius Thomas agreed to terms with the team Saturday, joining the eight other 2010 draft picks who have already signed with the club.
Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 224-pound receiver averaged more than 25 yards per catch last season and ranked second in the ACC in receiving yards per game, began practicing a little later than the rest of the team’s rookies during OTAs due to a foot injury. But when he found the field, his work ethic impressed his coaches.
“I think that everyone has seen this guy make tremendous catches, and then there’s been some other ones that he’s dropped,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said earlier this offseason. “I think that comes with playing and knocking off some of the rust.”
“He hasn’t made the same error a lot,” he continued. “In terms of trying to get better at the things that he has struggled with or made an error with — he has really worked hard to try to fix those. He’s had a great attitude and approach.”
Thomas said he feels he improved “a lot” throughout OTAs, and he’s excited to put the pads on during training camp.
As a senior at Georgia Tech, Thomas was a third-team All-American selection by the Associated Press in 2009, a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award — given to the top receiver in the collegiate ranks — and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference.
In a run-dominated Georgia Tech offense, Thomas amassed 1,154 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, bringing his career totals to 120 receptions, 2,339 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Yellow Jackets.
To put his production in perspective, Georgia Tech led the ACC in 2009 by averaging more than 295 rushing yards per game. The Yellow Jackets ranked last in the ACC in passing offense, yet Thomas found a way to excel. His 82.4 yards receiving per game last season came when his team averaged just 126.7 yards through the air per game.
Thomas said he believes he can transfer that production to the NFL, especially in Denver.
“I think that I’ll fit well,” he said when he was drafted. “I’m a playmaker.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com