Julius Thomas | TE | Denver Broncos
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.
Posted: 12/9/2013 11:47pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) fully participated in practice Monday, Dec. 9. The team did not practice and this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Thomas returned in Week 14 from a 2-game knee injury absence and caught 5 passes for 35 yards and a TD. Start him with full confidence Thursday night against the Chargers.
Posted: 12/6/2013 4:10pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 6, and is probable for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Double check over the weekend, but count on having Thomas available for the first time in 3 weeks. That also means Jacob Tamme falls off the fantasy radar again.
Posted: 12/5/2013 6:07pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: This is the best indicator yet that Thomas is in line to return from a 2-game absence. See if he can get in another full workout Friday, and if he does, feel free to put him back in your starting lineup.
Posted: 11/29/2013 6:08pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is questionable for Week 13. He practiced on a limited basis throughout the week.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who missed the Week 12 loss to the Patriots, has been limited all week, but the general sense coming out of the Mile High City is that the TE will play this week against the Chiefs. Check back with The Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injuries and Weather Report on Sunday morning.
Posted: 11/28/2013 4:49pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 28.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who missed his first game of the season in Week 12, has been limited in both of the team's practices this week. He should be able to play in Week 13 if he can show a little more in Friday's workouts.
Posted: 11/25/2013 5:39pm et
Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio said he expects TE Julius Thomas (knee) to play Week 13.
Huddle Up: Good news for the hurting Broncos and your fantasy team.
Posted: 11/22/2013 6:00pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is listed as questionable for Week 12. Thomas' knee injury likely will have to improve some in order for him to play.
Huddle Up: It's shaping up as a game-time decision for Thomas, and that's problematic for fantasy GMs given the Broncos don't play until Sunday night at New England. Make sure you have another TE rostered and ready to go if things are still up in the air Sunday morning.
Posted: 11/21/2013 6:06pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Thomas at least got in some work on a cold day in Denver after sitting out Wednesday, but his status for Sunday remains up in the air. Friday's practice report will tell us more.
Posted: 11/20/2013 2:18pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Keep monitoring his status this week.
Posted: 11/8/2013 4:48pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 8, and is probable for Week 10.
Huddle Up: Thomas has gotten plenty of rest over the team's bye week and should be good to go Sunday vs. Chargers.
Posted: 11/7/2013 7:07pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: That's 2 days of limited work coming off a bye for Thomas, who twisted the ankle Week 8 against the Skins. See if he's able to do more Friday. If not, he'll be a serious question mark Sunday.
Posted: 11/4/2013 3:51pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) will not practice Monday, Nov. 4, due to a mild ankle sprain suffered in Week 8.
Huddle Up: Updated from earlier. As we said, there is a big difference between "attending" and "participating" in practice. Keep an eye on Thomas this week.
Posted: 11/4/2013 12:56pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is attending practice Monday, Nov. 4.
Huddle Up: "Attending" and "participating" are two different things, but this is some positive news for him.
Posted: 10/28/2013 5:50pm et
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said the X-rays on TE Julius Thomas' (ankle) injured ankle came back negative.
Huddle Up: This is good to hear for Thomas, who has the bye week to heal up.
Posted: 10/28/2013 11:00am et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) will have an MRI on his ankle and foot area Monday, Oct. 28.
Huddle Up: Thomas left the Broncos' Week 8 win in the second half and did not return. An ankle injury is worrysome because Thomas lost much of the previous two seasons to ankle injuries. The Broncos have next week off, so fantasy owners will have to come up with a backup plan for Week 9 anyway.
Posted: 9/6/2013 1:17am et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas caught 5 passes for 110 yards Thursday, Sept. 5 in the team's 49-27 season-opening win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Meet the first waiver-wire darling of the season. Thomas, who had one career catch for 5 yards in his first 2 pro seasons, earned his first NFL start with a strong preseason and opened eyes quickly, doing most of his damage in the first half. Thomas certainly isn't going to see this production most weeks given the Broncos' abundance of targets, but the 6-foot-5 former college hoops player certainly established himself as a must-start fantasy TE in the season's first 30 minutes.
Posted: 9/5/2013 8:40pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas was arrested last week for failing to appear in court stemming from a traffic citation he received. His arrest is not expected to affect his status for Week 1.
Huddle Up: An unpaid traffic citation isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things -- and it won't affect Thomas' sleeper status as the team's starting TE -- but it's a major disappointment in Denver in light of the Broncos' other offseason transgressions.
Posted: 9/1/2013 12:41pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is listed as the starting tight end on the team's depth chart for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Thomas, the Broncos' leading preseason pass-catcher, certainly deserves a sizable bump in the TE rankings, but don't go overboard as there still are plenty of targets ahead of him in Peyton Manning's pecking order.