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Julius Thomas | Tight End

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Portland State
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Julius Thomas caught four passes for 39 yards and one touchdown in Denver's Week 2 win over Kansas City.
Thomas looked to be well on his way to another monster day after he reeled in a four-yard touchdown on a perfect throw from Peyton Manning to end the Broncos' first possession. But Julius was targeted just five times and lost a red-zone look to Jacob Tamme for a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Thomas now has four scores through two games and remains a locked-in top three tight end. The Broncos go to Seattle in Week 3. Sep 14 - 9:07 PM

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Julius Thomas caught seven passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 1 win over the Colts.

Thomas was on the receiving end of all three of Peyton Manning's first-half touchdowns. He created matchup problems all game for the Colts' secondary, and secured seven of his eight targets. The Broncos used Thomas all over the field with Wes Welker suspended, lining him up as a receiver in four-wide sets. Entering a contract year, Thomas has No. 1 overall tight end potential.
Sep 8 - 1:08 AM

Julius Thomas caught four passes for 32 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Thomas lined up split wide routinely, hauling in all four of his targets while making pretty adjustments on the ball. Still making leaps with his game as he only played one year of college ball (at Portland State), the ex-hoopster is in line for a monstrous contract-year season. He has a 7-67-1 line in his two preseason appearances. There's room for statistical growth with Eric Decker gone and Wes Welker's concussion issues cropping up again.
Aug 23 - 11:57 PM

Julius Thomas caught 3-of-3 targets for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' second preseason game Sunday.

Thomas beat 49ers S Craig Dahl for a 17-yard touchdown on a post route early in the second quarter. As the No. 2 option in Peyton Manning's offense behind only Demaryius Thomas, Julius is a value pick at his mid-third-round ADP.
Aug 17 - 5:21 PM

Julius Thomas spent time working with Tony Gonzalez this offseason.

Thomas and Gonzalez live near each other in the Los Angeles area. "I picked his brain on, what are sort of the things you're looking for?" Thomas said. "Not just technique, but what's going through your mind during plays? What do you focus on? How do you prepare for the day? His routine." By all accounts, Orange Julius has not rested on his breakout 2013 season that saw him finish as fantasy's No. 3 tight end. With Eric Decker gone and Thomas in a contract year, there's room for significant statistical growth.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 27 - 6:35 PM

Julius Thomas told Larry Brown Sports he "absolutely" wants to stay in Denver long term.

Thomas is entering a contract year, and GM John Elway has made it clear he doesn't value J.T. at Jimmy Graham's level. Thomas doesn't seem to mind. "Absolutely," said the ascending 26-year-old. "I love Denver. It’s a great city. I really love that franchise, fan base, I would look forward to being there for a long time." Thomas could be a candidate for the franchise tag in 2015.
Jul 20 - 8:11 PM

Broncos GM John Elway made it clear to USA Today that he doesn't believe contract-year TE Julius Thomas deserves Jimmy Graham money.

The Saints signed Graham to a four-year, $40 million deal with $21 million guaranteed. "Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23 games," said Elway. "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." In other words, if Julius won't accept something of a hometown discount, the Broncos would feel comfortable letting "Orange Julius" play out his contract year absent a long-term commitment. They could franchise tag him in 2015. Thomas caught 21 fewer passes than Graham in 2013, for 427 fewer yards and four fewer TDs. He's also used far more often as an in-line tight end than Graham. The Broncos could win a tight end/wide receiver arbitration case if things got that far.
Source: USA Today
Jul 16 - 8:10 PM

Julius Thomas said he'll be used "a lot more creatively" this season.

It's easy to forget that Thomas played just one season of college football at Portland State and entered last season with one catch in two NFL seasons. He's still a developing prospect despite going off for 65-788-12 last season. "I think there are a lot of things that our offense wanted to do with me, but you can only learn so much in one year," he said. Now entering his second year as a starter, Thomas will be asked to expand his route tree and help compensate for the loss of Eric Decker -- especially in the red zone. Another 12-15 touchdowns for Orange Julius is well within reach.
Jul 2 - 9:31 AM

Broncos TE Julius Thomas said he's monitoring the arbitration case between the Saints and Jimmy Graham.

Thomas is in the final year of his rookie deal and could be franchised next offseason. Like Graham, he lines up in multiple spots and could make a similar case to be tagged as a wideout. The Broncos recently approached Thomas about an extension, so the ruling will also impact long-term talks. "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," Thomas said. "I think that if you’re a guy that makes plays, that’s how you should be valued."
Jun 21 - 4:49 PM

The Broncos have approached contract-year TE Julius Thomas about an extension.

GM John Elway is trying to secure both Julius and Demaryius Thomas to long-term deals before training camp. If he can get one locked up, it'd free up next year's franchise tag as a possibility for the other. Julius is coming off a breakout season and should see even more targets with Eric Decker now out of the picture. The Denver Post believes Julius could be seeking $7 million annually.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 9 - 8:19 PM

The Seahawks held Julius Thomas to four catches for 27 yards on six targets in Super Bowl 48.

His first two receptions went for three and five yards as Seattle let Denver catch short stuff, but gave up little deep and tackled relentlessly around the line of scrimmage. Thomas added an 11-yard gain late in the first half, but never put a real dent in the Seahawks' defense as WLB K.J. Wright and SS Kam Chancellor put drapes on "Orange Julius" in coverage. Still, Thomas broke out in a major way in 2013, his first season as a full-time player, scoring 12 touchdowns in 14 regular season games to finish as the No. 3 fantasy tight end. He'll be in the second- and third-round mix as a 2014 fantasy pick.
Feb 2 - 10:36 PM

Julius Thomas caught eight balls for 85 yards in Denver's AFC title game win over the Patriots.

Orange Julius had four deep red-zone targets, but two fell incomplete, the third came on a shovel pass where he was tackled at the two-yard line, and Thomas dropped the fourth. Two 14-yard gains and a 37-yarder over the top of Patriots LB Jamie Collins in the second half buoyed Thomas' stats, but this was mostly a Demaryius/Decker day when the game was still in doubt. Look for more impact from Denver's basketball-player tight end in the Super Bowl.
Jan 19 - 6:27 PM

Julius Thomas caught six passes for 76 yards in the Broncos' Divisional Round win over the Chargers.

Lined up at Z receiver, Thomas ripped off his first reception on a legit wideout route, beating Chargers LCB Shareece Wright's man coverage for a 16-yard gain. Thomas lost a fumble when S Jahleel Addae ripped the ball out at the end of a five-yard catch, but San Diego failed to capitalize when Nick Novak's 53-yard field goal try fell short. Overall, it was an uncharacteristically error-filled game for Orange Julius, who also had an ugly drop and committed a false start penalty, drawing the ire of Peyton Manning. Thomas did atone with two first-down receptions (17, 9 yards) to put the game on ice late in the fourth quarter. Expect more production in next week's bout with the Patriots.
Jan 12 - 8:20 PM

Julius Thomas caught five passes for 36 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Thomas was held out of the end-zone this week and didn't play in the second half with the Broncos resting their starters. He finishes his breakout season with 65 catches, 788 yards, and 12 touchdowns despite only appearing in 14 games. The Broncos will take on the lowest remaining seed in the second round of the playoffs.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:00:00 PM

Julius Thomas caught six balls for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' Week 16 win over Houston.

Thomas' fourth-quarter touchdown football is headed to Canton, as it broke Tom Brady's 2007 single-season record as Peyton Manning's 51st of the year. Orange Julius has ever bit earned his nickname by finding pay dirt in 10 of his 13 appearances this season. The Broncos will close out the regular season against the Raiders in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 04:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3Ronnie Hillman
4Juwan Thompson
GLB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Matt Prater
2Brandon McManus