Demaryius Thomas first caught a glimpse of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in high school.
Suffice it to say he was impressed.
When it came down to making his college choice, he followed Johnson to Georgia Tech.
“He was one of the reasons I went there because of the type of offense, the type of player he was — the big, fast receiver,” Thomas said.
The two receivers spent just one year together with the Yellow Jackets. When Johnson was a senior, Thomas redshirted as a freshman.
“Basically I was just learning a lot of stuff from him,” Thomas said. “Most of the time it was reading the defense or coming off of press coverage and stuff like that, running routes.”
The two have kept in touch since their days as teammates. In fact, Thomas said he and Johnson spoke on the phone as recently as last night, just gauging how each other feels heading into Sunday’s matchup.
As for Johnson’s success so far this season, Thomas said he’s not surprised, putting it simply:
“He’s a beast.”
For the Broncos, Brian Dawkins (illness) and Marcus Thomas (knee) were new additions to the injury report. Dawkins did not participate Thursday, and Thomas was limited. For the second straight day, Julius Thomas (ankle) had full participation. Elvis Dumervil (ankle) and Willis McGahee (hand) did not participate for the second consecutive day.
For the Lions, RB Jahvid Best (concussion), WR Rashied Davis (foot), DT Nick Fairley (foot), DT Sammie Hill (ankle) and G Rob Sims (illness) did not participate in Thursday’s practice. T Gosder Cherilus (knee), CB Chris Houston (back), S Vincent Fuller (elbow), QB Matthew Stafford (ankle) and DE Willie young (calf) had limited participation. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, who didn’t practice Wednesday listed as “non-injury,” was taken off the injury report for Thursday.
Below are photos from Thursday’s practice: