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Julius Thomas | Tight End | #89

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 262
College: Portland State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (129) / DEN
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Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said Julius Thomas can be "a 10-touchdown guy."
It is the second time Christensen has thrown around double-digit touchdowns for Thomas, and it aligns with all of the other fluff coming out of Miami. Of course, the tight end will have to stay on the field to have any chance at those numbers. Thomas managed just 21 games in two seasons with the Jaguars. Jun 8 - 11:25 AM
Source: ESPN

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Dolphins No. 2 QB Matt Moore expects new TE Julius Thomas to be a big part of the 2017 offense.

Nevermind the fact that the Dolphins' backup quarterback is giving a press conference on June 6 for some reason. Just roll with it. "It's no secret (Julius Thomas) is going to be a big part of what we do," was Moore's exact quote. There's been a palpable sense of excitement surrounding Thomas in Dolphins OTAs as he reunites with coach Adam Gase. Thomas will be a double-digit touchdown threat if he can stay healthy.
Jun 6 - 1:39 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero believes Julius Thomas is "going to be a thing" this year, and the Dolphins have "multiple plays" designed just for him.

The same could be said for most offenses; the good ones design plays for all their best players. But it's at least notable in Thomas' case. He played for coach Adam Gase in Denver and caught a whopping 24 touchdowns in 27 games for the Broncos. Now healthy and out of Jacksonville where Thomas admits he didn't fit schematically, Gase has shown the best knowledge of how to feature the tight end. OC Clyde Christensen has said Thomas could score 10-plus TDs.
May 31 - 12:18 PM

The Miami Herald reports Ryan Tannehill’s timing with Julius Thomas "remains a work in progress."

It’s a non-concern this early in the offseason. Thomas is healthy after dealing with injuries the last two years and projects for a high volume red-zone role. Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen thinks Thomas can push for 10-plus touchdowns.
May 26 - 5:40 PM

When asked about what Julius Thomas can add to the offense, Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said, "10, 12 touchdowns."

"That's what he added in Denver," Christensen continued. Thomas caught 24 touchdowns in 27 games playing for now Dolphins coach Adam Gase in Denver, and the tight end said he feels "at home" after being reunited with Gase this offseason. Thomas' touchdown total dipped to four in nine games last year with the Jaguars, the same total Dion Sims managed on limited targets in Miami. If he can stay on the field, Thomas should easily better that total this year.
May 6 - 12:35 PM

Julius Thomas said this is "probably the best I've ever felt."

He was present for the start of offseason conditioning and claims to be 100 percent coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season. Thomas also said he feels "at home" playing under coach Adam Gase, who coordinated Denver's offense when Thomas was there from 2013-14. The 28-year-old reeled in four touchdowns with Jacksonville last season, his fewest since his rookie year in 2011.
Apr 22 - 1:25 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase thinks Julius Thomas will "make a little bit of a difference."

Miami tight ends recorded just 55 catches combined last season, and Gase said the lack of a real threat at tight end allowed teams to play their base defense even when the Dolphins went three wide. If Gase can get Thomas back to the level he was when they were together with the Broncos, that should not be an issue moving forward. Thomas caught 24 touchdowns in 27 games with Gase as the offensive coordinator in Denver.
Source: ESPN
Apr 3 - 6:47 PM

New Dolphins TE Julius Thomas insists he's 100 percent healthy.

Injuries have been a constant presence in Thomas' six-year career. He missed 11 combined games his two seasons in Jacksonville. He's reuniting with a coach in Adam Gase who, along with Peyton Manning, coaxed monster numbers out of Thomas in 2013-14, but it's possible injuries have taken a toll on Thomas' past explosiveness. He turns 29 in June.
Mar 13 - 4:28 PM

Julius Thomas agreed to restructure his deal with the Dolphins.

Thomas agreed to take $800,000 less over the next two years and ax a season off his deal. He is now set to play on a two-year, $12.2-million contract. Thomas was acquired from the Jaguars in exchange for a 2017 seventh-round pick.
Mar 9 - 4:42 PM

According to the Florida Times Union, Julius Thomas' poor blocking was one reason the Jaguars decided to move on.

One source called Thomas' blocking "non-existent" and said his presence was a "giveaway" to the defense that the Jaguars were passing or running to the other side of the field. Signed by the Jags to a five-year, $46 million contract, Thomas only played about 25-32 snaps a game while often battling injuries. After coaching him in Denver, Dolphins HC Adam Gase should have a better feel for Thomas' strengths and weaknesses than Gus Bradley's staff did.
Feb 26 - 8:25 AM

Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Dolphins.

It allows the Dolphins and Jaguars to announce their trade at the start of the league year on March 9. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season and battled numerous injuries last year, including a fractured tailbone, back problems, ankle issues, and an elbow injury. He appeared in just nine games. Thomas will be nothing more than a late-round flyer in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Feb 22 - 8:20 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Julius Thomas agreed to be traded to the Dolphins "because he wanted to reunite with coach Adam Gase."

Thomas agreed to restructure his contract to facilitate the deal, turning some of his base salary into performance-based incentives and greatly lowering his cap hit in the process. It makes sense for Thomas to seek out Gase, who coordinated a Broncos offense which funneled the tight end 24 touchdowns in 27 games. Miami is likely Thomas' best bet to get his career back on track.
Feb 20 - 6:25 PM

Dolphins acquired TE Julius Thomas from the Jaguars in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft.

This trade is being made independent of the Branden Albert deal after Albert and Thomas were at one point expected to be dealt in exchange for each other. Turning 29 in June, Thomas was a colossal flop during his two-year stay in Jacksonville, catching only nine touchdowns across 21 games after scoring 24 times over his previous 27 with Peyton Manning in Denver. Going to Miami reunites Thomas with ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase, whose Dolphins roster was extremely thin at tight end. While Thomas is unlikely to recapture his Denver production, he should stand a better chance of rebounding into an impact player. He'll be a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts, and a much-needed red-zone complement to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in Miami's passing game.
Feb 20 - 5:09 PM

First Coast News reports Julius Thomas is drawing trade interest from at least one team in addition to the Dolphins.

This could be the Jags trying to drive up the price on Miami, but it's becoming increasingly clear Thomas isn't long for Jacksonville. If a trade cannot be hammered out, Thomas will likely be cut. That would create $1.7 million in cap space, but also leave behind $6.6 million in dead money.
Feb 20 - 3:04 PM

According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Julius Thomas will not be going to the Dolphins as part of the Branden Albert trade to the Jaguars.

Salguero is the one to trust on this deal, and he reports the current structure of the trade is Albert to the Jaguars for a conditional late pick in the 2018 draft. Albert is currently in Jacksonville meeting the Jaguars' higher-ups, and it's important that Albert signs off on the trade because Jacksonville won't make the move if Albert won't report to the team. If he signs off, Albert is expected to stay on his current contract and possibly even land an extension. As for Thomas, he likely will end up getting released at some point and could still wind up in Miami as a free agent.
Feb 20 - 12:23 PM

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