Thomas snagged 83 of 141 passes for 949 yards and five touchdowns during the 2017 season. He fumbled once. Thomas' yardage total was the first time he failed to crack 1,000 yards since 2011. Thomas still finished 11th in the league in catches and 20th in yards, but neither total screams "elite" receiver nor warrant the $14 million average salary Thomas is hauling in. Fair or not, there is going be some debate concerning whether Thomas is on the decline and whether Denver should move on. True, he doesn't seem to be the dynamic catch-and-run target he was playing with Peyton Manning, but how much can Denver expect when it has trotted out an aged Manning, Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch for the past three years? Denver will almost certainly have a new face under center in 2018. Even a slight improvement should bring Thomas back up to speed, that is, of course, assuming that he survives this offseason's almost-certain shakeup.
Thomas snagged six of eight targets for 57 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. Thomas juked a defender out of his shoes late in the fourth quarter, beating his man on a quick corner route and snagging a wide-open six-yard touchdown to tie the game at 24. The outing was bittersweet for Thomas. Not only did Denver lose, but he came 51 yards short of his sixth-straight 1,000-yard season. The fact that he's been able to keep the streak going this long with Denver's shoddy quarterback play in recent seasons is impressive in and of itself and he'll have to work some magic again in 2018 with Denver's quarterback situation very much in question.
Thomas reeled in four of six targets for 52 yards in Denver's 27-11 loss in Washington. You'd have to go all the way back to 2011 for the last time Thomas was held under 1,000 yards for a season. He faces an uphill climb to reach that mark in 2017. After Sunday's 52-yard outing, Thomas will enter Week 17 needing 108 yards to reach 1,000 for the season -- a sum he has accumulated just once all season. Add in the fact that second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch figures to make just the fourth start of his career in Denver's season finale and you're likely looking at a steep climb for Thomas to end the year.
Thomas brought in five of eight targets for 69 yards in Thursday's 25-13 win over the Colts. Thomas' receiving yardage led all pass catchers on the night and his 13.8 YPC was his best since Week 3. The eight-year veteran has come on in the last two games -- posting a combined 13 receptions for 162 yards -- and he's now logged one catch of at least 20 yards in three straight contests. With Brock Osweiler slated to remain under center for the Broncos' final two games in the wake of Trevor Siemian's shoulder injury, Thomas' production could continue to see a slight uptick.
Thomas hauled in two of 10 targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 35-9 loss to the Dolphins. Thomas was targeted a team-high amount, but Trevor Siemian's inaccuracy and some solid defense on the part of the Dolphins conspired to limit him to an unsightly 20.0 percent catch rate. The veteran wideout continues to see ample volume irrespective of who's under center, but he's sporting a paltry 6.4 yards per catch on seven receptions over his last two games. Thomas will look to improve his efficiency and numbers against the vulnerable Jets secondary in Week 14.
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