Thomas caught four of six passing attempts for 48 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to Indianapolis. The effort marks Thomas' second-best since coming to Houston from Denver prior to Week 9. Since then, he has not exceeded 61 yards or four catches in any game. The 30-year-old will be a touchdown-dependent play on the road Week 15 against the Jets.
Thomas caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Browns. Thomas finished as part of a three-way tie for second on the team in receiving yards behind DeAndre Hopkins' 91. Though Thomas did catch a pair of touchdowns last week, he's averaging just 32.8 yards through his first four games in a Texans uniform. Owners relying on Thomas in Week 14 against the Colts will likely need a touchdown to get satisfactory output from the big-bodied receiver.
Thomas caught four of five targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 34-17 win over the Titans. Thomas was a focus of coach Bill O'Brien in advance of Monday's contest, and his two touchdowns evidence O'Brien's improved job at getting him involved in the offense. Following just three catches in his first two games as a Texan, Thomas opened Houston's scoring with a 12-yard reception in the first quarter, then closed the game with a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth. In doing so, he provided a nice option opposite DeAndre Hopkins, whose six targets led the team. In Week 13, Thomas and company will host the Browns.
Coach Bill O'Brien said he needs to do a better job of getting Thomas more involved in the offense, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. After a Week 11 win over Washington, when Thomas was targeted once (no catches), O'Brien was ready to take the blame for the wide receiver's limited involvement. "Yeah, it's not Demaryius," the coach said. "I have to do a better job of getting him more involved. He's working hard, he's a good pro and we need to do a better job of getting him the ball a little more." Quarterback Deshaun Watson had Thomas' back as well, telling reporters that Houston's midseason addition is approaching the level of playbook knowledge he needs. It's been three-plus weeks since the Texans acquired Thomas, and from the sounds of his coach and quarterback, we expect progress Week 12 against the Titans on Monday.
Thomas failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Redskins. So much for an expanded role. DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee (hamstring) remain the wide receivers to own ahead of Houston's Week 12 meeting with the Titans, as Thomas is still adjusting to his new surroundings after coming over from Denver in a trade.
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