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Julius Thomas | Tight End

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260
College: Portland State
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The Jaguars' offense will feature several two-tight end formations.
OC Greg Olson has no intention of putting Julius Thomas in a three-point stance and asking him to hold the edge. That's Marcedes Lewis' job. Olson will instead play to Thomas' strengths, splitting him off the formation to supplement an inexperienced wideout group. Still, Thomas' seventh-round ADP is steep for a player who's put up most of his career stats via red-zone looks from Peyton Manning. Jul 27 - 7:24 AM

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Julius Thomas is expected to be a focal point for the Jaguars immediately.

The Jags didn't give Thomas a $46 million contract for fun. They're going to want him involved early and often as a pass-catcher, the area where he excels. ESPN reports OC Greg Olson is lining Thomas up in "various spots," and we'd expect Thomas to be split off the formation a ton just like he was in Denver. The problem is he's going from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles, therefore losing a massive amount of red-zone opportunity and efficiency. Thomas' value has been propped up by his 24 touchdowns in his last 27 games with Peyton.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 11:42 AM

Jaguars signed TE Julius Thomas to a five-year, $46 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.

Rumored all weekend, Thomas officially went onto the Jaguars' books Tuesday at 4pm ET. The 26-year-old adds elite ball skills and pass-catching ability to a position where those qualities have been lacking since the Jaguars' inception. Thomas' fantasy outlook takes a severe hit, but he should remain a primary red-zone target. Unfortunately, his TD projection goes from the double digits with Peyton Manning to 5-6 per year with Blake Bortles.
Mar 10 - 5:50 PM

The Jaguars have an agreement in place with TE Julius Thomas.

There's no cold feet from Thomas' camp -- not when the Jags are going to pay him roughly $9M per season. It's an exorbitant sum for an injury-prone and one-dimensional player whose red-zone stats are inflated by Peyton Manning. Of course, the Jags have more than enough cap space to burn and had to fight off other interested clubs like the Seahawks/Raiders. Surrounding Blake Bortles with mismatch-creators is crucial even if they have to overpay.
Mar 9 - 8:57 PM

The Denver Post expects the Jaguars to sign free agent Julius Thomas to a five-year contract worth "close" to $45 million.

A $9 million annual average would put Thomas significantly ahead of Rob Gronkowski's $6.9 million average, and just short of Jimmy Graham's $10 million. The Raiders are believed to have dropped out of the running for Thomas, setting their sights on Jermaine Gresham instead. Beyond Jacksonville, it's not entirely clear who's bidding on "Orange Julius" at this point.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 8 - 11:28 PM

A source tells the Denver Post free agent Julius Thomas is currently working out contract details with the Jaguars.

The Broncos didn't even reach out to Thomas to offer him a contract. So he'll flee from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles and a whole bunch of cash. A one-dimensional and oft-injured player, Thomas will likely end up overpaid but the Jags are desperate to give Bortles as many weapons as possible.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 8 - 3:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan confirms that the Jaguars are the heavy favorites for free agent Julius Thomas, and that the Raiders are likely out of the bidding.

Per Caplan, the Jags are "trying to give Blake Bortles as much help as they can." Thomas, albeit injury prone, would be a nice addition to a corps of skill players already heavy on young talent at receiver.
Mar 8 - 2:28 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Julius Thomas is expected to sign with the Jaguars, and the deal is "just about done."

Signs have been pointing to this for awhile, though we're not huge fans of the move from a fantasy perspective. Thomas will be a monster upgrade for Blake Bortles, but his overall fantasy stock would take a hit moving on from Peyton Manning. Expect Thomas and the Jaguars to sew this up Tuesday afternoon.
Mar 8 - 1:52 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports free agent Julius Thomas will become a "major priority" for the Jaguars when the signing period opens on Tuesday.

Free agent Randall Cobb is tentatively expected to sign with the Raiders over the Jags, and Robinson says Jacksonville is "likely to miss" on Ndamukong Suh and DeMarco Murray, as well. (Suh is presumably going to Miami, with Murray staying in Dallas.) Thomas' fantasy outlook would all but disintegrate with the Jaguars, but he'd significantly upgrade Blake Bortles' weapons.
Mar 7 - 9:18 PM

Profootballtalk's Mike Florio floats the Seahawks as a potential suitor for free agent Julius Thomas.

It's not a surprise after Seattle tried trading for tight ends during last October's Percy Harvin talks. They were known to be targeting Jordan Cameron. Like Cameron, Thomas is an athletic tight end with top-notch ball skills. Thomas' addition would knock Luke Willson down the totem pole in Seattle.
Mar 6 - 3:51 PM

A source tells ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure that free agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to end up in Atlanta.

The Falcons are in need of both pass-catchers and tight end help. But breaking the bank on Thomas wouldn't make a lot of sense considering how many holes there are all over this roster. GM Thomas Dimitroff should be able to see through Julius' Peyton Manning-inflated numbers and settle on a more affordable tight end option like Jordan Cameron or Charles Clay.
Mar 2 - 10:15 AM

The Jaguars are expected to be among free agent Julius Thomas' most aggressive suitors.

The Broncos have resigned themselves to losing Thomas and riding with blocker Virgil Green in Gary Kubiak's run-based offense. Now the question is who will overpay for Thomas, a uniquely talented pass-catcher but one with a limited skill-set and inflated numbers courtesy of Peyton Manning. The Jaguars make sense as a team armed with the most cap space in the NFL and a need for weaponry as they try to develop Blake Bortles. Julius is going to try to squeeze Jimmy Graham (or more) kind of money out of the market in March, with the Falcons and Browns also possibly making bids.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 24 - 8:42 AM

The agent for free agent TE Julius Thomas said the Broncos and Thomas tried to work out a deal last summer, but it "didn't work."

"The main thing was the structure," agent Frank Bauer said. "The guarantees were too low. The guarantees were conditional." No new discussions are scheduled, and it appears to everyone involved Julius has played his last snap in Denver. Thomas will be looking for at least $8 million a year on the open market.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 21 - 8:59 AM

According to the player rep for free agent Julius Thomas, Thomas' late-season ankle injury was later diagnosed as torn ligaments.

It wasn't just a high ankle sprain that cost Thomas time and robbed him of his late-season explosion. When Julius' father felt his son's toughness was being questioned, Greg Thomas allegedly used Twitter to lash out at the Broncos, Peyton Manning, GM John Elway, and the team's contract proposals. Per the Denver Post, the sides "seem to be headed their separate ways."
Source: Denver Post
Feb 20 - 4:05 PM

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution expects the Falcons to target Julius Thomas in free agency.

After watching Levine Toilolo stumble through a dismal 2014 campaign, it's clear Atlanta will have to address tight end in free agency. Thomas is the best tight end on the market, but he won't come cheap. Last offseason, he turned down an offer from Denver that would have paid him $8 million annually. Thomas is a prime candidate to get overpaid in March thanks to his Peyton-inflated numbers.
Feb 19 - 12:33 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blake Bortles
2Chad Henne
3Stephen Morris
4Jeff Tuel
RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Denard Robinson
3Storm Johnson
4Bernard Pierce
5Corey Grant
GLB1T.J. Yeldon
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1T.J. Yeldon
2Denard Robinson
FB1Toby Gerhart
WR11Allen Robinson
2Allen Hurns
3Arrelious Benn
4Neal Sterling
5Kasey Closs
WR21Allen Hurns
2Rashad Greene
3Tandon Doss
4Tony Washington
5Bryan Walters
WR31Marqise Lee
TE1Julius Thomas
2Marcedes Lewis
3Clay Harbor
4Ben Koyack
5Nic Jacobs
K1Josh Scobee
2Jason Myers