Caught up amidst all of the Tim Tebow hype, do we quickly forget the prize of the Broncos ’10 draft class?
The guy known as Brandon Marshall’s replacement.
The player taken ahead of the Cowboys talented wide receiver Dez Bryant; the even more talented Demaryius Thomas.
Thomas was the first wideout taken in the 2010 draft, and the Broncos traded up (two spots from #24 with New England; who traded back down with Dallas from 24 where Bryant was chosen) to obtain him.
A six-foot-three inch, 235-pound physical specimen from the same college Calvin Johnson attended, Thomas appeared in ten games as a rookie last season – catching 22 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
While the former Yellow Jacket standout has spent time recovering from foot, ankle, Achilles tendon and hand injuries along with a concussion; he is the one of the reasons why the Broncos were so willing to trade wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to the Rams for only a conditional (could be a 5th) sixth-round pick.
So what’s all the fuss about a player who has been seen standing on the sidelines as opposed to on the field? He’s finally healthy.
“I still want to be that guy,” Thomas said Monday. “I think I’m ready to be that guy. I’ve been saying this, but this is the healthiest I’ve been, right now, since I’ve been in the league.”
If Thomas is indeed healthy (expected to play Sunday at Miami) to return, I am convinced he and Tebow could give Bronco fans something to cheer for – a la Cutler/Marshall days.
You can judge for yourself, but this is a kid who really wants it and is going to back up the Broncos decision to draft him ahead of Bryant.
“I’ve been stressing, really, feeling that frustration, that I could have been cut,” Thomas said. “I was worried about that, actually. I don’t want to be that guy they say that’s injury prone. I’ve already had three injuries since I’ve been in the league that set me back.
“I don’t want to get here and be that bust. I told my mother this and I told my family this. I told them I was going to be the guy who had success. I just want to stick to what I say.”
Stick with Thomas here, the sky is the limit, and he will make proof of that before season’s end.
“I’m just so excited, just ready to get back on that field. There were some moments when I was really frustrated with everything. But I just kept my eye on the prize and kept going. I’m not going to be timid or scared. I’m going to go out there and help as much as I can.”
Eye on the prize – something the Broncos want to hear, and see come to fruition from the prize of their draft class of 2010.
Time to start replacing Marshall, starting Sunday in Miami.