"They've got everybody saying we're going to run, run, run and I know the coaches have run the ball before and that's good, I think," Thomas said. "We know we can throw, we know we have guys who can make plays, I don't think Coach Kubiak is going to just ignore that. But I think we all feel like if we can add in a good running game, you can win the Super Bowl."
Although Thomas will not be attending the Broncos' offseason program due to his desire to get a long-term contract figured out, he believes he'll be ready to go for training camp.
"I'm not going to do anything to hurt the team," he said. "Like I say, I'm in the loop with everything and when it's time to get to work in (training) camp and in the season or whenever they get something done, I'll be ready to go. I think it's going to be a great offense and for all of us because if we can run the ball they can't gang up on me or Emmanuel (Sanders) or anybody, they can't rush Peyton with extra guys."
Thomas, who received a franchise tag designation from the team, had career-highs in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,619) in 2014. He added 11 touchdowns.
Thomas was tagged by the team, keeping him off the free agent market, and he's in the process of negotiating a long-term contract with the Broncos. He intends to work out on his own until the deal is done.
Manning spent the week throwing to Broncos pass catchers
Manning poked fun at Thomas by photoshopping him into a group picture, taken at Duke after a workout.
Thomas also doesn't plan to work out at Duke with QB Peyton Manning.
Thomas received the franchise tag from the Broncos. He said he hoped a new deal got worked out. "I want it to," he added.
"I'm getting getting my body right, still working through a little soreness in my Achilles, but I could run routes," Thomas said.
"We're going to continue to work with DT and his agent to hopefully get something done for a long-term solution for him," Elway told Broncos TV's Chris Hall at the league meetings in Phoenix on Monday.
"We'd like him to remain a Denver Bronco, and that's one of our goals, to be able to get that done. I'm trying to get together with his agent, and hopefully we can do that. We'll continue to work diligently on trying to get something done."
Thomas received the franchise tag from the team this offseason. The one-year deal is worth $12.823 million. The Broncos have until July 15th to attempt to extend him to a long-term contract.
The 27-year-old had career-highs in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,619) in 2014.
The two sides were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal before Monday, which is the deadline for teams to use the franchise tag, but will presumably keep working towards a deal. The use of the tag on the wide receiver means that tight end Julius Thomas is headed for free agency if the Broncos do not re-sign him before March 10.
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