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80 Julius Thomas TE
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 6/27/1988 | Birthplace: Stockton, CA, USA | Team: Jacksonville | College: Portland State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 78.12
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Hand surgeon: Julius Thomas being ready for opener is realistic goal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2015) The Jaguars are confident tight end Julius Thomas will be ready by the season opener (Sept. 13 vs. Carolina) after he broke his index finger in the preseason opener Friday, according to The Florida Times-Union.

Steven Shin, who is director of hand surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said playing in the opener is a realistic goal, especially since Thomas' injury is below the bottom knuckle and should speed up his recovery.

“The blood supply to that area of the hand is pretty good and the bone in that area tends to heal very quickly,” Shin said.

Shin also believes Thomas won't have to wear any heavy protection on his hand once he returns.

“By that point, hopefully he’ll be able to not have to wear anything but the soft padding,” Shin said. “If he were to have to wear a hard cast across the knuckle joint, that would be very difficult for him to have any flexibility and catch passes.”


Jaguars TE Julius Thomas leaves game with broken finger


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/14/2015) Jaguars tightend Julius Thomas left Friday's preseason game against the Steelers after suffering a fractured middle finger on his left hand, per ESPN.com.

Thomas, who signed a five-year deal with Jacksonville in the offseason, was hit hard and flipped after catching a short pass. He left the field immediately and went to the locker room.


Jaguars' Julius Thomas, Davon House held out Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) The Jaguars held tight end Julius Thomas and defensive back Davon House out of Thursday's OTA session because of minor injuries, reports the Associated Press.

Thomas is dealing with a leg issue, while House had tightness in his abdomen. Both were held out as a precaution.


Julius Thomas trying to fit into Jaguars' offense


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas said after Wednesday's organized team activity that he intends to make it work with quarterback Blake Bortles, reports The Florida Times-Union.

"There is no 'Here's me coming in, and Blake's going to get on my page.' I'm going to be on Blake's page," Thomas said. "Whatever he expects, that's what I am going to do. He's the quarterback. He's the one in control of that huddle, and I like catching passes so I will make sure I do exactly what he wants."

With Thomas entering his first season with the Jaguars, he said it will take time to develop a rapport with Bortles.

"I think that getting good chemistry with a quarterback probably takes a couple of thousand passes," Thomas said.


Jaguars' Thomas won't try to measure up to Broncos' numbers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) New Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas told SI.com he has already begun working with quarterback Blake Bortles.

"It’s exciting, that first time you get to work out with your new quarterback," he said. "We’ve got a couple thousand more reps to go, but I’m really looking forward to that chemistry and growing with that entire offense."

The expectations will be elevated for Thomas, who is coming off two great seasons with the Broncos. However, Thomas isn't out to prove he can have the same production without Peyton Manning throwing him passes.

"I think I’ve got to be a little bit cautious on trying to prove so much," he said. "I think I’ve just got to go out there and work my hardest, and do everything I can to win every route, and see what happens. I don’t want to set a goal of 'I gotta have these numbers.' I’m just going to work my hardest every day, do everything I can to become a better player, and do everything I can to help out my team and this offense."

Thomas is also confident he will be able to coexist on offense with veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis, who has been with the team since 2006.

"I don’t think we’ll have any problem playing together," he said. "I was actually talking to him this weekend. I ran into him; we both live in L.A. He’s a really good guy. I’ve met him a couple times before. We both have the same marketing company, so we know the same people, and people that I respect speak very highly of him. I think we complement each other very well. There are going to be things that he can teach me, and I can learn from him."


Jaguars make Julius Thomas acquisition official on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) The Jaguars made the signing of tight end Julius Thomas official on Wednesday, per the team's official website. Thomas is expected to make an average of $9.2 million over five seasons, with $24 million guaranteed.

Thomas, 26, had a $645,000 salary last year when he racked up 489 yards on 43 receptions. He has registered back-to-back seasons with at least 12 touchdowns in 2013 and 2014 while with the Broncos.

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Report: Jaguars' Julius Thomas to receive $24 million guaranteed


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) The Jaguars are expected to pay tight end Julius Thomas an average of $9.2 million over five seasons, with $24 million guaranteed, NFL.com reports.

Thomas is joining the Jaguars after four seasons with the Broncos. He didn't see significant action until his third year and has scored 12 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.


Report: TE Julius Thomas to get $9 million annually from Jags


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/10/2015) Free agent tight end Julius Thomas will sign a multiyear deal with the Jaguars worth about $9 million annually, reports the Denver Post. The Broncos never pursued Thomas because they knew he'd command far more than they were willing to spend, the report added.

Thomas' likely move to Jacksonville was first reported Monday.


Report: Jaguars reached an agreement with TE Julius Thomas


(3/9/2015) Tight end Julius Thomas has reached an agreement with the Jaguars, according to the Denver Post. Terms of the impending deal have yet to be announced.

It was also reported that not only did the Broncos not make an offer, they never made a phone call.

Thomas, 26, had back-to-back 12 touchdown reception seasons in 2013 and 2014 while with the Broncos.


Report: Julius Thomas close to deal with Jaguars


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Jaguars are close to a deal with impending free-agent tight end Julius Thomas, according to Bleacher Report.

The top tight end on the market, Thomas caught 12 touchdowns in 2014 for the second consecutive season, racking up 489 yards on 43 receptions. The Broncos chose to assign the franchise tag to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, putting the tight end on a path to free agency.

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is in the final year of a five-year, $34-million deal. The team would gain $6.8 million in cap space if it chose to part ways with Lewis.


No franchise tag for Broncos' Julius Thomas


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Broncos will not use their franchise tag on TE Julius Thomas. The team instead tagged WR Demaryius Thomas. 

Julius Thomas will be able to become a free agent on March 10. He had 43 catches for 489 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Thomas made $645,000 salary last year. 


Report: Should be a 'very active market' for Broncos' Julius Thomas


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas turned down a five-year, $40 million contract for a reason. That's because it's believed he will have a "very active market" when the new league year begins on March 10, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. 

Two teams that are expected to target Thomas in free agency are the Raiders and Jaguars, both of which need to upgrade considerably at their skill positions to help out their young quarterbacks. The expectation is for Broncos general manager John Elway to let Thomas test the waters in free agency to see what he's offered. 

The Falcons have also reportedly been interested, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter. 

Injuries slowed what was an otherwise fast start to his 2014 season. Thomas' season ended with 489 yards and 12 touchdowns. 


Agent: People are trying to push Julius Thomas away from Broncos


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Frank Bauer, Julius Thomas' agent, told reporters before the annual players' union-agent meeting Friday that people are trying to push his client away from the Broncos, per the Denver Post.

"The Broncos came to me, we tried to get it done, it didn't work," Bauer said. "Does Julius love Denver? Yes. Does Julius love the fans there? No question. Does he love the organization and the community? Look at what he does for kids in that town.

"But for some reason people are trying to tear him down. In my opinion what they're doing by tearing him down is pushing him away."

Bauer also revealed that Thomas was nursing a torn ligament in addition to an ankle sprain, which kept him sidelined three games during the final stretch of the season. Thomas finished 2014 with 489 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"The inner circle of the NFL -- not all the people talking on the outside, the guys who make the decisions -- they believe he's a unique and elite tight end," Bauer said. "Performance dictates every athlete's future. He is the best in the red zone. He is young. He has upside, as the inner circle would say.

"Yes, he got a high ankle sprain that was a concern because the first time he had a high ankle sprain it was later diagnosed as (ligament) tears."

Talks between both sides broke off last summer when Denver offered Thomas a five-year deal, worth $40 million. Bauer remains hopeful that talks will resume negotiations before March 10 when Thomas becomes an unrestricted free agent. According to NFL.com, the Raiders, Jets, Falcons and should all be in play if he hits the open market.


Report: Falcons interested in Broncos TE Julius Thomas


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) With Broncos tight end Julius Thomas expected to hit the free agent pool, one team has already emerged as an interested party.

According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter, the Falcons are interested in Thomas since they're looking to upgrade the tight end position. Thomas wouldn't come cheap as he is looking to be paid as a top-flight tight end this coming free agency.

The Denver Post reported that Thomas turned down an $8 million per year deal from the Broncos previously. His representation is not among those meeting with the Broncos at the NFL combine this week.


Broncos TE Julius Thomas likely headed to free agency


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) The writing is on the wall for Broncos tight end Julius Thomas when it comes to his immediate future.

According to The Denver Post, the Broncos are meeting with the agents of upcoming free agents Terrance Knighton, Demaryius Thomas, Orlando Franklin and Rahim Moore this week in Indianapolis.

No meeting has been scheduled with the representation of Julius Thomas.

Set to command a large contract, the Broncos may not be able to afford the versatile tight end based on cap constraints. However, The Denver Post reported the Broncos did offer Thomas a multi-year deal worth $8 million per year last July, which was turned down.

An ankle injury caused Thomas to miss three games in 2014, though when healthy he was tough to match up against. He finished 2014 with 489 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Broncos will be hard-pressed to keep TE Julius Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/12/2015) Impending free-agent tight end Julius Thomas wants to be among the league's highest-paid players at his position, and it will be tough for the Broncos to make him the kind of offer he'll likely receive elsewhere, reports ESPN.com.

The website noted Denver is set to use the franchise tag on wideout Demaryius Thomas and also will have to spend big on the offensive line, meaning there might not be enough money to satisfy Julius Thomas.

Julius Thomas caught 12 touchdowns in the first nine games until an ankle injury derailed him. He has never played more than 14 games in a season.


Cowboys' Jason Witten to replace Julius Thomas in Pro Bowl


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will replace Broncos tight end Julius Thomas in the 2015 Pro Bowl. Thomas will not participate due to an undisclosed injury. 

It will be Witten's 10th Pro Bowl appearance. He totaled 64 catches for 703 yards and five touchdowns in 2014.


Broncos aim to re-sign Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/13/2015) Broncos general manager John Elway said that once he finds a new head coach, he'll focus on re-signing impending free agents Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, reports the Denver Post.

"We've got a good base of guys for the most part, with the exception of a couple Thomases and a couple other guys we'll work on once we get through the coaching search to be able to tie them down (and) hopefully have them back," Elway said.

Denver could use its franchise tag on wideout Demaryius Thomas if the sides can't agree on a multiyear deal. He and tight end Julius Thomas combined for 23 touchdowns this season.


Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders produce minimally in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders weren't able to find much room in Denver's 24-13 loss to the Colts Sunday. Thomas had six catches for 53 yards and Sanders had seven for 46 in defeat.

Although he was targeted 15 times, Sanders and quarterback Peyton Manning just couldn't connect on deep targets down the field in Sunday's game. His first season as a Bronco ends with 108 catches for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns.

As for Thomas, he finishes the year with 542 yards on 49 catches with 12 touchdowns in 14 games. 


Broncos all set for divsional round playoff game against Colts


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) The Broncos will head into Sunday's divisional round playoff game at nearly full strength as quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas, linebacker Brandon Marshall and cornerback Aqib Talib are all active for Denver.

All players except Marshall were listed as probable for the game on the team's final injury report Friday. Marshall was listed as questionable with a foot injury.

The Broncos are currently 9 1/2-point favorites against the Colts Sunday.


Broncos relatively healthy heading into divisional round against Colts


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) The Broncos will head into their divisional round playoff matchup with the Colts relatively healthy. Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (knee) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) are considered questionable. Quanterus Smith has been declared out with a knee injury.

David Bruton (concussion/neck), Paul Cornick (toe), Orlando Franklin (concussion), Peyton Manning (thigh), Will Montgomery (knee), Aqib Talib (Achilles), Julius Thomas (ankle), Demaryius Thomas (ankle/finger), Juwan Thompson (hip/knee), T.J. Ward (neck), and Kayvon Webster (shoulder) are all considered probable for Sunday's game.

The Broncos are currently 7-point favorites against the Colts.


Broncos TE Julius Thomas practicing in full


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/8/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is practicing fully this week as the team prepares for Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Colts. It's a great sign for Thomas, who had been severely hampered by an ankle injury he suffered Nov. 16 at St. Louis.

Thomas caught three touchdown passes in the season opener against Indy. Denver is a 7-point home favorite Sunday.


Colts' Pagano: 'We expect to see Julius Thomas at his best'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas had a quiet end to the season after injuring his ankle late in the year. Thomas missed three games before totaling just three catches for 63 yards over the final three games.

Despite Thomas having a disappointing finish to the season, the Colts are not overlooking him heading into Sunday's playoff game.

"Probably a monster," coach Chuck Pagano said of his expectations of what he expects from Thomas. "It’s the playoffs, divisional game. It’s win or go home. Everybody is going to play lights out. They know the ramifications, just like our guys know the ramifications of this game.

"He’s one heck of a talent, one heck of a player. It’s a long season. Guys go through things. It’s hard. You get banged up. It’s a marathon. (The Broncos have) had a week off and two weeks to get ready for this one. I know they’ve got a bunch of guys back that were banged up like everybody else. It’s the nature of the NFL. It’s a long, long season. We expect to see Julius at his best.”


Bye week was 'big' for Broncos TE Julius Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/6/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, a shell of himself late in the season, said the bye week did wonders for his injured ankle, reports ESPN.com.

“It was a big week for me," Thomas said. “It was good to get some rest. Every doctor will tell you the most important thing is rest, but it’s tough to do in the middle of the season. So I got a little bit of time to stay off it and get some treatment on it. It went well."

Thomas, who caught 12 touchdown passes in the first 10 games, hurt his left ankle Nov. 16 at St. Louis. Since then, he has three catches for 63 yards and no touchdowns.

In the regular-season finale, Thomas played 33 snaps without a single target. Per the website, it was the first time Thomas didn't make a catch in a game he played since Sept. 30, 2012.

Thomas caught three scoring passes in the season opener against the Colts. Denver is a 7-point home favorite over Indy on Sunday.


Broncos TE Julius Thomas hoping to benefit from playoff bye


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who has just five catches since Week 11, told ESPN.com he hopes the playoff bye will help heal his injured ankle.

“I just try to do everything I can, continue to get better and try to get healthier," Thomas said. "Some things feel great, some things I’m still trying to improve on. It kind of changes day-to-day, but I’m just going to keep working with it and keep doing all I can. That is definitely the goal. I’m hoping that in two weeks it’ll be a big change for me. So get over that hump and get back to looking like the guy I used to be. So I’m looking forward to it and definitely anticipate being in better health."

Thomas caught 12 touchdowns in the first 10 games, none since. Denver doesn't play until Sunday, Jan. 11.