After back-to-back 90-catch, 1,400-yard seasons,
"I know I ain't playing at my highest potential right now. And I do get down on myself," Thomas told The Denver Post Wednesday. "I had the most drops in these first three games that I've had my entire career. I don't know what it is. I don't know if I'm thinking too much."
One area Thomas stresses is not an issue is playing for his next contract. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and free agency looms after Thomas and the Broncos failed to agree on a contract extension this summer.
"Nah, the contract is not part of it. The contract is going to work out by itself. I can't really do nothing about it," Thomas said. "Either you play well or you don't. There's no dollar signs involved when I'm playing football. All I care about is winning. So when I can't make the play, the reason I'm upset is I'm not helping the team win."
The 26-year-old got off to a dreadful start on Sunday, as he was held without a grab in the first half. He came down with an 11-yard reception with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter for his first grab of the day.
Down eight points, Thomas converted a pivotal third down with under 30 remaining, which led to a Peyton Manning touchdown to Jacob Tamme on the following play. Thomas kept his feet in bounds near the back of the end zone for a spectacular catch for a two-point conversion following the touchdown, which sent the game to overtime.
Thomas, who was covered by Richard Sherman through most of the afternoon, finished with four catches for 31 yards. He was targeted 12 times in a 26-20 defeat. Thomas has not racked up more than 65 receiving yards in a game this season. He'll get a bye week before facing the Cardinals at home in Week 5.
Thomas hauled in a 12-yard pass near the end of the first half to put the Broncos up 21-1, but the Broncos couldn't get much done on offense in the second half, though they did hang on for a win to move to 2-0. Thomas caught just four of his 11 targets in Week 1 but had a much better game Sunday, despite the offense being limited to 26 pass attempts. He could be looking at a matchup with Richard Sherman next Sunday when the Broncos travel to Seattle for a Super Bowl rematch.
"It was bothering me after the first one and I guess I let it linger on and bother me the other two," Thomas told the team's official website.
Thomas had a drop in the first quarter on a screen last Sunday, and added one more in each of the third and fourth quarters. He was credited with just eight dropped passes a year ago, and will look to bounce back in Week 2 against the Chiefs, and has a history of doing so after his rare missteps.
He has failed to record 50-plus yards in a game just four times since Dec., 2012, but averaged 6.3 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the next four games.
"(Week 1) was tough," said Thomas. "But it's over with now, and I go on to the next (game)."
Thomas compounded matters by dropping two easy passes, including a bubble screen that could have been a long gainer. Thomas finished with four catches for 48 yards -- worse production than he had in all but one game last year.
To be fair, Thomas drew two defensive penalties. He got held once after beating his man deep, a play that could have gone for a touchdown. And Manning targeted him three straight times in the end zone on one series.
Thomas will try to get back to his normal self Week 2 against the Chiefs.
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