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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 (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 17.
Thomas is nearing 100 percent health as the playoffs approach. He'll be ready to rock for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Raiders. Dec 25 - 6:25 PM

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Julius Thomas caught two passes for 33 yards in the Broncos' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

He was targeted six times. Thomas, once again, didn't start the game and looked to be at less than 100 percent on his bothersome ankle. He simply can't change direction. Owners were burned by Thomas in the playoffs after a torrid start to the season. The Broncos wrap up the regular season vs. Oakland.
Dec 23 - 12:39 AM

Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 16.

It's an upgrade on Week 15, where Orange Julius began the week as "limited." The Broncos have hoodwinked fantasy owners in back-to-back games with Thomas' health, but he finally, truly appears ready to be full go. Thomas is a mid-range TE1 for the fantasy finals.
Dec 18 - 4:14 PM

Julius Thomas played 29-of-66 (43.9 percent) of the offensive snaps in the Week 15 win over the Chargers.

Thomas saw an uptick in snaps from Week 14, but he was still extremely limited. He was used in surefire passing situations and in the red zone, posting a 1-30 receiving line on two targets. Virgil Green handled 50 snaps. Thomas has proven to be impossible to trust the past two weeks. We're going to have to see a full practice week from him to feel comfortable using him as a TE1 in Week 16.
Dec 15 - 11:12 AM

Julius Thomas caught one pass for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at San Diego.

Thomas was expected to be a full-go as he came off his ankle injury. The Broncos didn't see it that way, only using him in obvious passing situations and a little bit in the red-zone. Blocker Virgil Green was the primary tight end. It resulted in just one target for Thomas, who was in on one of the first 12 snaps and didn't appear to be moving all too well. We'd like to see him practice in full this week before using him at Cincy in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 8:07 PM

Julius Thomas (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 15 at San Diego.

He practiced fully Friday and will be all systems go against the Chargers. We prefer Martellus Bennett over Thomas this week, but Orange Julius remains a top-four tight end play in his first game back. It's conceivable Peyton Manning will try to "get him going" after Thomas missed the past three weeks.
Dec 12 - 1:57 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold believes Julius Thomas (ankle) will play Week 15 against the Chargers.

That's been the expectation all week after Thomas was active for Week 14 but didn't play. He's been practicing on a limited basis, but that's just a way for the Broncos to manage Thomas' reps. Thomas will be a top-three fantasy option at tight end and should be close to 100 percent. Confidently start him.
Dec 12 - 11:12 AM

Julius Thomas (ankle) practiced again on Thursday.

Thomas was "limited" on Wednesday, and remained so on Thursday. Thomas, of course, was "active" for Week 14, but didn't play a snap. He was clearly only up for emergency purposes. Thomas has said he feels "far better" about his Week 15 odds of giving it a go. He'll be a top-five TE1 against the Chargers if he can get back on the field.
Dec 11 - 2:45 PM

Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing Wednesday.

Thomas practiced all last week before not playing a single snap against the Bills. He's fully expected to suit up for Week 15. Orange Julius will be a top-three option at tight end. He should be at or near 100 percent.
Dec 10 - 1:40 PM

Julius Thomas (ankle) plans to play in Sunday's game at San Diego.

Although Thomas didn't play a snap against the Bills, he was among the 46 active players. It's a surefire sign he's close to 100 percent. Expect Thomas to practice every day this week and suit up as a top-3 fantasy tight end option Sunday.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 9 - 10:38 AM

Coach John Fox said Julius Thomas (ankle) could have played in Sunday's win over the Bills "if we needed him."

Thomas was active, but just chilled on the sideline with his helmet off for the entire game. "He got a week better," said Fox. "He's healing. He was close. We went with having him active but not (with the) intention of playing him." Thomas, who has now missed three games with his left ankle sprain, appears on track to return to a normal role against the Chargers in Week 15.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 8 - 9:58 AM

Julius Thomas (ankle) was active but did not play in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Bills.

It appears Thomas was only active as an insurance player. He was on the sideline the whole game with his helmet off and was spotted laughing with teammates as Peyton Manning was forced to use Jacob Tamme as his pass-catching tight end. We suspect Julius will get back involved in Week 15, but practice reports will need to be monitored closely.
Dec 7 - 7:49 PM

Julius Thomas (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

A true game-time call, Thomas tested out his balky ankle in the pre-game warmup and will suit up. Given that the Broncos shouldn't necessarily need him to beat the Bills at home, we'd expect his normal role. That means Julius must be in all fantasy lineups as arguably Peyton Manning's favorite red-zone target. The Broncos inactives: S Quinton Carter, WR Cody Latimer, RB Ronnie Hillman, RB Montee Ball, CB Kayvon Webster, T Michael Schofield and T Chris Clark.
Dec 7 - 2:31 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos are leaving the decision of Julius Thomas' (questionable, ankle) availability up to him for Sunday's clash with the Bills.

Per Schefter, Thomas' status remains "uncertain" with the Broncos set to face the Bills in a 4:25PM ET game. Thomas will test the ankle in pre-game warmups, and decide his availability thereafter. We'd guess Thomas won't play, though that's far from a guarantee. The Broncos have been using blocker Virgil Green more than Jacob Tamme with Thomas shelved the past two weeks.
Dec 7 - 11:54 AM

The Denver Post reports Julius Thomas's (ankle, questionable) status for Week 14 against the Bills "won't be determined until a couple of hours before the game."

Thomas himself said he was not "sure yet" if he would be able to play. As heavy home favorites against the Bills, it may be in the Broncos' best interest to let Thomas sit out one more game. Thomas' status will hopefully be updated on Sunday morning, but for now he looks unlikely to play against Buffalo.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 6 - 10:54 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3Ronnie Hillman
4Jeremy Stewart
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Wes Welker
WR31Wes Welker
TE1Julius Thomas
2Virgil Green
3Jacob Tamme
4Dominique Jones
K1Connor Barth
2Brandon McManus