Julius Thomas | TE | Denver Broncos
Posted: 3/8/2015 8:26pm et
Free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Broncos) is set to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to sources. No contract terms were disclosed. The deal cannot be finalized until free agency opens on Tuesday, March 10.
Huddle Up: With plenty of cap room, the Jags have stated their desire to upgrade the weapons for second-year QB Blake Bortles and Thomas certainly would fill the bill after hauling in 24 TD receptions over the last two seasons -- second only to Jimmy Graham (26) among TEs. Still, Thomas would be due for a definite fantasy downgrade going from Peyton Manning to Bortles, who threw all of 11 TD passes in 14 games as a rookie.
Posted: 2/27/2015 10:33pm et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Was Tim Brown the Raiders' last big-time play-making pass-catcher? It sure seems like it as second-year QB Derek Carr can use some weapons. Look for the Silver & Black, the Jaguars and possibly the Falcons to be among the front-runners if Thomas hits the open market.
Posted: 2/24/2015 2:40pm et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars if he reaches free agency.
Huddle Up: With only 43 catches over the last two seasons, the Marcedes Lewis Era is rapidly winding down in J'ville, and the Jags are hurting across the board for offensive play-makers. Thomas would certainly fill that bill, but on the flip side, it would be quite the transition going from Peyton Manning to second-year QB Blake Bortles.
Posted: 2/23/2015 11:15pm et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to be re-signed by the team, as his market value will likely exceed what the Broncos are willing to pay. The Broncos tried to sign Thomas to a five-year, $40 million extension last summer, but he wasn't comfortable with the guaranteed money and structuring.
Huddle Up: Kudos to Thomas for believing in himself enough to leave $40 mil on the table, as he likely earned a heftier contract this offseason. And given the Broncos' coaching change and need to re-sign Demaryius Thomas, that contract will in all probability come from a team other than the Broncos. The Raiders are believed to be a leading contender for Julius Thomas' services.
Posted: 2/20/2015 4:55pm et
Free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Broncos) has some likely interest from the Atlanta Falcons, who are looking for an upgrade at the spot this offseason.
Huddle Up: Thomas would most definitely qualify as an upgrade for the Falcons, who received a combined 33 receptions for 241 yards and three scores last seasons from TEs Levine Toilolo and Bear Pascoe. To land Thomas, though, the Falcons will likely have to outbid several other teams and dole out a contract in the neighborhood of top-three TE money.
Posted: 2/19/2015 9:18am et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas and his agent, Frank Bauer, don't have any meetings scheduled with the team heading into the NFL Scouting Combine. Apparently Thomas wants to test the free-agent markets when he's eligible March 10.
Huddle Up: The Broncos won't have any issue letting Thomas test the market, as he's not the type of tight end (read: he can't block) new coach Gary Kubiak prefers. Expect his price tag to move quickly beyond what Denver can afford (given the need to also re-sign Demaryius Thomas) and is willing to pay (given Julius Thomas' ill fit with Kubiak's system).
Posted: 2/12/2015 1:34pm et
Free-agent TE Julius Thomas' (Broncos) agent has made it clear to the Denver Broncos that Thomas is looking to be among the highest-paid tight ends in the league.
Huddle Up: While the Broncos would love to have Orange Julius remain Orange Julius, the TE's lack of blocking skills and versatility seemed to be more of a negative as the 2014 season wore on, and he may price himself out of what the Broncos are willing to pay given the other free agents (WR Demaryius Thomas, DT Terrance Knighton) who rank higher on their to-sign list.
Posted: 1/30/2015 11:06pm et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas discussed with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro on The Sports Show Friday, Jan. 30, the chances of him returning to the Broncos. 'I really don't know. To be perfectly honest, it hasn't even been discussed for me yet,' Thomas said. He did go on to say he'd love to come back, but he mentioned there are several important factors when determining where he'll sign.
Huddle Up: The offense of new coach Gary Kubiak is certainly tight end friendly, but TEs in the system also are called upon to do their fair share of blocking, and the Broncos could decide that re-signing a one-dimensional Thomas is too pricey given their other free agents (namely WR Demaryius Thomas and DT Terrance Knighton).
Posted: 1/20/2015 3:29pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) will not participate in the 2015 Pro Bowl, and he will be replaced by Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten.
Huddle Up: Thomas' fantasy owners surely won't contest the injury absence after seeing the TE catch only 11 passes for 119 yards and no TDs over the Broncos' final eight games, including the postseason loss to the Colts.
Posted: 1/10/2015 12:55am et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 9, and is probable for the divisional round game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Jan. 11.
Huddle Up: Thomas is one of the great unknowns of the divisional-round weekend: Is he the TE who caught three scoring passes in the season opener against Indy or the hobbled and little-used TE who had all of three receptions for 66 yards over the final six games of the regular season? It's hard to tell by his practice status as he's seemingly been well enough to play over the last month but hasn't looked the same and utilized near the same way as he was earlier in the season.
Posted: 1/6/2015 6:35pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas said the team's off week last week was big for him to be able to rest his ankle injury heading into the divisional round matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. "I feel better,' Thomas said following Monday's workout. "I was) able to loosen things up a little bit and start to have a little more movement out there, so it's definitely coming along."
Huddle Up: Thomas opened the season with 38 receptions for 423 yards and 12 TDs -- including 7-104-3 in the season opener against Indy -- over his first nine games but only had 5 catches for 66 yards over the final seven weeks. While the opening stretch will be too tough to replicate, his targets -- particularly in the red zone -- should ramp up in the playoffs.
Posted: 12/31/2014 12:34am et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is hoping an extra week off will help him with his ankle rehab. Thomas has just three catches since spraining his ankle in Week 11 after catching 12 touchdowns in the first nine games. 'I definitely needed this bye,' Thomas said. 'I'm looking forward to it. It'll just give me an opportunity to focus on rehab. When you're practicing and playing, it's kind of hard. It's a little bit of give and take. So this next week, it'll be big for me from a recovery standpoint.' Thomas thinks he'll have more of an impact in the team's next game with the extra rest, and he plans on 'looking like the guy I used to be.'
Huddle Up: Thomas was a big-time fantasy goat down the stretch, but the extra week of rest can only do him good and the Broncos are likely going to need the TE to approach his early-season form in the playoffs if they hope for a return trip to the Super Bowl.
Posted: 12/25/2014 9:11pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Good to see Orange Julius get in a full day of practice just days after appearing to tweak his ankle issue in Week 16. Check back Friday, but he's looking to safe to start in Sunday's finale.
Posted: 12/23/2014 4:10pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was in and out of the game in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22, after aggravating his ankle injury.
Huddle Up: Thomas is high on the list of "studs" who have killed fantasy owners this postseason as he's totalled three receptions for 63 yards over the last three games. Best look for another TE option if you're still playing in Week 17.
Posted: 12/18/2014 11:38pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) played just 29 snaps in Week 15; only ten of them were pass routes, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Thomas has killed his fantasy owners with one catch for 30 yards over the last two weeks but pretty much still remains a must fantasy start if he's starting given his upside and the dearth of TE options.
Posted: 12/12/2014 2:39pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Unlike last week, Thomas is looking like he'll actually be active AND play against the Chargers on Sunday.
Posted: 12/11/2014 2:47pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) looked more comfortable running routes during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: All signs continue to point toward Thomas returning Sunday following essentially a four-game absence.
Posted: 12/10/2014 6:20pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10 but expects to play in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: For those Thomas owners who've survived despite the TE's month-long absence, it's looking like this will be the week he returns barring any practice setbacks.
Posted: 12/9/2014 4:14pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is planning to play Sunday, Dec. 14, after being held out of much of Week 14.
Huddle Up: Thomas has essentially missed the last month after going out early in Week 11, and his return will be welcomed by the fantasy owners who have managed to survive without him.
Posted: 12/5/2014 2:18pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing again and moving around well Friday, Dec. 5, but there is no guarantee he plays in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Thomas has a better shot than last week, but it looks like it's headed to another dreaded Sunday-afternoon game-time decision.
Posted: 12/4/2014 3:54pm et
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: Unlike the team's other pass-catching Thomas, the TE was able to get in limited work for the second straight day. His status, though, for Sunday is still yet to be determined.
Posted: 12/3/2014 4:13pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: The Broncos are cautiously optimistic Thomas will be able to play Sunday following a two-game absence, but nothing is going to be decided until later in the week.
Posted: 12/1/2014 8:38pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) said he is closing in on a return to action. He also stated that his current ankle injury is not similar in any way to the right ankle problem that slowed his first two seasons. "It's nothing like the last one,'"Thomas said. "No crutches, no boots, I've been able to move the whole time. It's just getting that strength back. No, I won't be flying out for surgery in a couple days.' He did some core work with trainers before the Week 13 game and didn't play.
Huddle Up: Thomas was a game-time decision in Week 13, and you would think that would make him a good bet to return Sunday after a two-game absence. See, though, what he can do in practice this week. Despite the missed games, Thomas still leads all NFL pass-catchers with 12 receiving TDs.
Posted: 11/30/2014 8:19pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for the Week 13 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Jacob Tamme will get the start once again but he plays on less than 50 percent of the offense snaps. Tamme is a TE2 at best unless he catches a touchdown pass.
Posted: 11/28/2014 8:28pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 28, and is listed as questionable for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Thomas will be a game-time decision but it's looking like he'll miss another game with an ankle injury. Jacob Tamme would start in his place. Tamme isn't on the fantasy radar.
Posted: 11/28/2014 2:50pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is in attendance for practice Friday, Nov. 28, but is not participating in drills.
Huddle Up: Well, Friday is here, and it sounds like Thomas wasn't even able to get in the limited work he had in the previous two practices. In other words, it's looking like the TE will miss a second straight game.
Posted: 11/27/2014 8:03pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: Another practice, same status for Thomas is trying to make it back after missing Week 11. See if Friday's practice report is any more illuminating.
Posted: 11/26/2014 4:05pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: It's the first practice of the week for the Broncos, and Thomas will likely have to show more later in the week to avoid missing a second straight game.
Posted: 11/21/2014 3:00pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle), who appeared limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, figures to be a game-time decision against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Thomas said his ankle is improving, though: 'If I can go, I will go.'
Huddle Up: Thomas has made small strides throughout the week, but his status obviously remains very much in question. The big problem for his fantasy owners is the Broncos' late-afternoon kickoff so plan your lineup arrangements accordingly.
Posted: 11/20/2014 3:48pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Thomas missed a second straight day, but still has a chance to play Sunday, especially if he can get in some work Friday.
Posted: 11/19/2014 2:10pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Huddle Up: Thomas' sprain isn't said to be of the high-ankle variety, and it's the first practice of the week so don't get too worked up for now.
Posted: 11/17/2014 3:12pm et
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas' (ankle) sprained ankle isn't considered serious at all, and he may not miss any time after being forced from the team's Week 11 game against the St. Louis Rams, according to a source with knowledge of Thomas' status.
Huddle Up: Thomas should be considered questionable for Sunday, although early reports sound promising. If he can't go, Jacob Tamme will get the start.
Posted: 11/16/2014 8:03pm et
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) left the Week 11 game against the St. Louis Rams, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. He will go for further tests Monday, Nov. 17, including an MRI.
Huddle Up: Early reports say Thomas avoided a high ankle sprain but we'll know more in the next couple of days. If Thomas were to miss time, Jacob Tamme will start in his place. Tamme is a big drop-off both for the Broncos and fantasy owners.
Posted: 11/6/2014 8:02pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas may be getting more opportunities to catch the football, according to offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase said Thomas has been used more in protection schemes as of late but wants to maintain the tight end's status as an impact player.
Huddle Up: This is music to the ears of angst-addled Thomas owners who have seen the TE targeted only 14 times and catch 8 passes for 83 yards and 1 TD over the last three games.
Posted: 9/8/2014 11:01am et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas opened the 2014 regular season with seven receptions, 104 yards and three touchdowns (3, 35, 5) in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Thomas was definitely Peyton Manning's target of choice in the season opener, proving why he deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski as elite fantasy tight ends.
Posted: 7/17/2014 7:43pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is a priority for the team to sign to a long-term deal, but general manager John Elway isn't willing to pay him close to what New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham received. Elway said the team hasn't received a response from Thomas' representation after the team's initial offer. 'Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he's not at that level,' Elway said.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs would do well to listen to Elway's words. Thomas has had one elite season (to Graham's 3) after catching only a single pass total over his first 2 years in the Mile High City. In other words, Graham belongs in a clear tier above until we see more.
Posted: 6/22/2014 11:39pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is monitoring the arbitration case between New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham and his team to determine his position. 'I've kind of been keeping ... an eye on that situation, obviously, because it could probably come back to affect a lot of us tight ends,' said Thomas, who is scheduled to make $645,000 this year. 'But the way I feel about it is, 'Does two letters next to your name on the depth chart really determine your value to a team?''
Huddle Up: Thomas, a former college hoops star like Graham, has one stellar season under his belt and will need a few more to match the Saints standout and be considered a part of this intriguing 'tweener category.
Posted: 6/17/2014 7:37pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas admits he was very unsure of himself in the offense last season, and he's just now starting to pick things up. "Last year, I was able to do a lot of good things. I kind of survived on self confidence and athleticism. In one game, the defense did something, and Peyton was like, 'Julius, did you see that?' And I said, 'Peyton, they got me; I had no clue what they were doing.' There are still situations I haven't been in before, and I'm still learning what to do," Thomas said. Tight ends coach Clancy Barone said Thomas is a gym rat in terms of his study habits and has high intelligence and maturity.
Huddle Up: Thomas nothing short of revelation last season when he finished third among all NFL TEs with 151 fantasy points, and it's not surprising he's still learning on the fly, having totaled one career reception in his 2 prior pro seasons. Expect more big numbers -- and a second-straight top-5 fantasy TE finish -- this season.