Demaryius Thomas hasn’t always had it this good, and he’ll be the first to tell you as much. After spending his first two seasons racking up about 800 yards combined hovering between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton as his QB, Thomas has been unleashed the past two seasons by first ballot Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, tallying over 2,800 receiving yards and 24 TDs in the last two seasons.
In lauding Manning, one can’t help but pick up from Thomas a subtle dig at that previous era of gunslinging in Denver.
“I will have a defensive back on my side, and Peyton will place it in the perfect spot,” Demaryius Thomas said to the Denver Post on Tuesday. “It’s something I had never seen before. Never. They say I have good corners covering me. But it’s hard for them with Peyton. You hear the DBs out there saying: ‘Ah, you’re lucky. With any other quarterback but Peyton, that would have been a pick.’ They get really frustrated.”
Never. You hear me, Tebow! Never!
Granted, Thomas is absolutely correct. Peyton Manning didn’t become one of the best quarterbacks ever by going hog wild and slinging the ball fifty yards in the air all the time. Manning is deadly in that mid range game and Thomas is merely celebrating his fortune in having been paired with such a prince of precision.