Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas spent his first season at Georgia Tech with Lions Pro Bowl wideout Calvin Johnson. Thomas soaked up as much as he could from Johnson, who was a senior, which was evident this past December.
Thomas and Johnson finished the month with the exact same statistics. The pair tied for the NFL lead with 414 receiving yards in December, and both did so on 22 catches. Each player caught three touchdowns, which tied for fifth in the NFL during that span.
“It’s cool — two guys from Tech with the same numbers,” Thomas said. “It was just funny. I’m actually going to call him about it today and talk to him.”
The two have remained in touch since their days as teammates ended, and crossed paths earlier this season when the Lions visited Sports Authority Field at Mile High in October.
Thomas, who says that Johnson was one of the main reasons he decided to attend Georgia Tech, watches film of Johnson’s play throughout the season to try to pick up on things that the Lions receiver does well.
“When I started playing football, I went to Tech to do the things he did,” Thomas said. “We’re both big, fast receivers.”
Johnson has set a good standard for Thomas to strive for — the fifth-year receiver ranks second in the NFL with 1,437 receiving yards this season and is tied for the league lead with 15 touchdown catches on the year.
Thomas battled back from injuries early in the year to post a breakthrough December that saw him record his first two career 100-yard games. Johnson and the Lions clinched a playoff berth last weekend against San Diego — Thomas and the Broncos would like to continue that mirrored success this Sunday versus Kansas City.