GLENDALE, AZ -- As part of the NFL Network's record 87 live hours of Super Bowl coverage Thursday, Denver Broncos star receiver, Demaryius Thomas made an appearance on the league's flagship channel, being interviewed by former Dallas Cowboys star and Hall of Famer, Michael Irvin.
Irvin, who is often a more articulate media personality than many accredit him for, astutely cited that while Thomas was enjoying the experience, he was obviously disappointed in failing to play in the Super Bowl as the Broncos did last season.
Thomas also said some propitious things about his legendary signal-caller, Peyton Manning, saying he had heard that Manning plans to come back, although this is strictly speculation until the free agency period, or “the new league year” commences Tuesday March 10 at 2:00 pm MDT.
Irvin also coaxed Thomas into giving his Super Bowl winners' prediction and Thomas, looking sharp in a black NFL logo cap, said he was more inclined to go with the New England Patriots, especially if “Tom Brady gets hot.”
Thomas, of course, has always been a prodigious talent and at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds, the Montrose, GA.-native overcame a run-centric offense at Georgia Tech to be one of the top wideouts in the 2010 draft.
Despite having only 120 receptions in three seasons for the Yellow Jackets, (40 per campaign), he scored 15 touchdowns on them, meaning that 8% of his catches went for scores. Since the Broncos drafted him No. 22 overall in the 2010 NFL draft, he has done nothing but impress, amassing 351 receptions for 5,317 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Cumulatively, his talents are percolating as he posted career highs in receptions (111), receiving yards, (1,619) and yards per game (101.2), each of which ranked among the top five receivers in the NFL in each of those categories.
At the advent of the aforementioned free agency period, Thomas will be eligible to test the waters but it would behoove the Broncos to hold onto him, especially if Manning does not return to the team.
In short, Thomas may prove indispensable to the Broncos and if I were in the shoes of the team's executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, I would make him a top priority, as a solid passing game is essential for success in the modern-day NFL.