After Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning told Pro Football Talk that tight end Julius Thomas was going to play a big role this season, Thomas caught 2 two touchdown passes and had 110 yards receiving in the season opener. Manning doesn’t see how NFL defenses will be able to stop Thomas.
“I am not sure how they will answer it, or if they will, but it will be interesting to see how teams play Julius all season,” Manning said, via the Broncos’ official website. “He is a big guy, he definitely will make teams have a conversation, and that is what you want.”
Broncos’ tight end’s performance was the best since the days of Shannon Sharpe.
“He responded, did a good job,” coach John Fox said, via the Denver Post. “That did not surprise me at all.”
Fantasy owners who didn’t start him, like me, are kicking ourselves that we didn’t start him. If there is anything to make it feel better, it could be that Thomas didn’t see the breakout game coming either.
“I almost had to check and make sure I was in there,” Thomas said. “I had to look down and see if my feet were in there. It felt great. It’s been a long time since I was able to play in a football game. It was a lot of work and to come out tonight and have a great team performance and have a good individual performance as well – what else could you ask for?”
“I think we all visualize great games,” Thomas said. “When you lay down at night and you’re thinking about that game tomorrow, you’re thinking, ‘That’s going to be a touchdown, that’s going to be one.’ That’s what we visualize. It just happened to work out tonight.”