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80 Julius Thomas TE
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 6/27/1988 | Birthplace: Stockton, CA, USA | Team: Denver | College: Portland State | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/86 | Average Draft Position: 29.21
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Julius Thomas scores fifth touchdown in three games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas scored his fifth touchdown of the season in a Week 3 overtime loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.

Thomas was limited to just one grab for 9 yards in the first half. He caught a 5-yard pass on the first drive of the final quarter. On the ensuing drive, Peyton Manning gave him a shovel pass for a 3-yard touchdown. Thomas caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 17 yards and a touchdown in a 26-20 defeat.

Through three games, Thomas has registered 160 receiving yards to go along with his five touchdowns. The Broncos will get a bye before returning to action at home in Week 5 against Arizona.


Julius Thomas grabs touchdown in Week 2 win vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught four of his five targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in his team's 24-17 win over the Chiefs Sunday.

Thomas grabbed a TD on the team's first offensive drive on a play to the back left corner of the end zone. It was his second catch of the drive, and he would tally only two more over the rest of the day. He even saw positional mate Jacob Tamme score a touchdown later in the game. It was a solid day for Thomas after exploding for 104 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1. He'll take on the Seahawks in Week 3.


Julius Thomas delivers historic performance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Until Sunday night, Shannon Sharpe was the only Broncos tight end who had ever caught three touchdowns in a game. Julius Thomas added his name to that list in the second quarter of the 31-24 win over the Colts.

Thomas caught scoring passes of 3, 35 and 5 yards, beating a different Colts defender with relative ease each time. He finished with seven catches for 104 yards and now has five touchdown grabs in his last two season openers.

Thomas drew eight targets, third on the team. He continues to be a complete mismatch. Late in the first quarter, Thomas got behind the defense for a 34-yard gain down the sideline. Peyton Manning kept looking for him, especially in the red zone.

Thomas faces the Chiefs in Week 2.


Tough matchup not a concern for Julius Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas opens the season with a difficult matchup: Indianapolis allowed the fewest Fantasy points to tight ends (5.33 per game) last year.

It's not a concern for Thomas, one of three tight ends to catch a touchdown against the Colts in 2013. In Week 7 at Indy, Thomas caught five of six targets for 41 yards and the score.

That was one of 12 touchdowns Thomas scored in his breakout season. The 26-year-old showed he's not satisfied by taking a diligent offseason approach, according to the Denver Post.

"He's going to be a very special player," former Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen said. "It was fun to watch him grow up last season. In this offseason, he really impressed me with his attitude and work ethic and how hungry he was."

Thomas drew 17 red-zone targets last year. With Eric Decker's departure, the 6-5, 250-pound Thomas should see a few more this season. He's a top-3 play Sunday night.


Julius Thomas a matchup nightmare


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas abused the 49ers' secondary Sunday, catching three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in just over a quarter of work. All three of his grabs came on Denver's second drive.

After a 19-yard catch over the middle and a screen that went nowhere, Thomas got behind safety Craig Dahl for an easy 17-yard touchdown.

Thomas scored 12 touchdowns last year despite missing two games.


Broncos to continue contract negotiations into training camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) The Broncos hae made contract-extension offers to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas and are prepared to continue negotiations into training camp, USA Today reports.

"Nothing is going to get done before camp, but we'll keep talking to them in camp," general manager John Elway said Wednesday.

Both players are entering the final year of their rookie deals. Elway indicated he won't break off talks with either player until early August. Elway indicated that Julius Thomas won't receive an offer that matches the record deal received by Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

"Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he's not at that level," Elway said.


Julius Thomas says he'll be used more creatively


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/2/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas told FOXSports.com that the team plans on using him "a lot more creatively" in 2014, one season after his breakout season with the team. 

"I think there are a lot of things that our offense wanted to do with me, but you can only learn so much in one year," Thomas explained. "No matter how much time you have at practice, it never seems to be enough when you're learning and trying to come into your own.

Thomas said he's still "scratching the surface" on what he's able to contribute, adding that he's just now getting comfortable with what's being asked of him. 

Thomas racked up 65 catches for 788 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. 


Julius Thomas claims he's still learning


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Julius Thomas racked up 65 catches for 788 yards and 10 touchdowns in his breakout season for the Broncos in 2013, but he told NFL.com that he really didn't have a good feel for what he was doing until this offseason

"Last year, I was able to do a lot of good things. I kind of survived on self-confidence and athleticism," Thomas said. "In one game, the defense did something, and Peyton was like, 'Julius, did you see that?' And I said, 'Peyton, they got me; I had no clue what they were doing.' There are still situations I haven't been in before, and I'm still learning what to do."


Broncos talking contracts for Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/10/2014) The Broncos have opened contract negotiations with the agents of wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas, reports the Denver Post.

"We've already talked to them to see if we can do something before the beginning of the year," said Broncos general manager John Elway. "We'd like to get something done before the beginning of camp. We don't want to do anything once training camp starts. They're both in their last years, and we'd like for them to stay and be Broncos for a long time."

Demaryius Thomas, a 2010 first-round draft pick who is coming off back-to- back seasons of Pro Bowl-caliber production, might command a contract worth $12 million a year based on the receiver's 2014 franchise tag salary.

Julius Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 who had a breakout season in his third year of 2013, might be looking at a $7 million annual average.


Julius Thomas 'hungrier' than last year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas said the Super Bowl loss served as a big motivator this offseason.

"I think I’m hungrier than even I was last year," he told the Denver Post. "To be so close and not reach your goal, it just makes you that much more hungry, that much more determined to do whatever it takes."


Broncos get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The Broncos got several minor offensive contributions in their Super Bowl loss. Tight end Julius Thomas caught four of six targets for 27 yards, and tight end Jacob Tamme had two catches for 9 yards.

Running back Montee Ball was held to 1 yard on six carries, and he caught two balls for 2 yards. Running back C.J. Anderson carried twice for 9 yards and added a 14-yard catch.


Julius Thomas could struggle vs. Seahawks


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/28/2014) Not many teams have slowed down Broncos tight end Julius Thomas this season, but the Seahawks are a tough opponent heading into Super Bowl XLVIII.

So far in the playoffs the Seahawks have faced Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis in consecutive games and held them to a combined three catches for 24 yards, which is incredible. Now, Seattle has allowed six touchdowns to tight ends this season with three reaching double digits in Fantasy points.

And the Broncos are going to spread out this Seattle defense to allow Thomas plenty of room to operate in single coverage. He also will likely get close to the nine targets by himself that Graham (six) and Davis (three) combined for against Seattle, since he has 18 targets in the two playoff games and hasn't had fewer than five targets in eight consecutive games.

But this Seattle defense will make it tough on Thomas, who has gone three games in a row without a touchdown. He's easily the best tight end left for any Playoff Challenge leagues, but don't be surprised if he's held to single digits in Fantasy points for the sixth time in his past seven games based on the matchup.

This should be a fun position battle to watch to see how the Seahawks defend Thomas and if they can slow him down like they did with Graham and Davis. Hopefully we'll see Thomas shine, but don't be surprised if he's limited once again.


Broncos wide receivers not worried about physical Seahawks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) The Broncos wideouts are not worried about the physical Seahawks, according to NFL.com.

"It don't bother me," Demaryius Thomas said. "I like getting hit." Julius Thomas agreed, saying Denver will have to match Seattle's intensity. "You can't come out and get pushed around," the tight end said. Though Peyton Manning will have a bevy of options at his disposal, the Seahawks rated second in the league in points allowed last season. Whether the team's wide receivers can get open against a tough Seattle secondary will be one of the biggest story lines heading into the game.


Julius Thomas' big day could have been huge


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught a team-high eight passes for 85 yards in the AFC Championship Game, including a 37-yard gain to help seal the win. But he dropped a perfectly thrown pass over his shoulder that would have gone for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Thomas continues to be a complete mismatch for defenses. He drew a team-high 11 targets in the victory. Thomas will play the Seahawks or 49ers in Super Bowl XLVIII.


Julius Thomas comes through in the clutch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught six of seven targets for a team-high 76 yards and lost a fumble in the win over San Diego. He saved his biggest plays for the game's final drive.

On 3rd-and-17, Thomas got wide open along the sideline and got his feet inbounds for a 21-yard gain. On 3rd-and-6, Thomas made a 9-yard catch to seal the win. He'll play the Patriots in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.


All four of Denver's tight ends chip in vs. Oakland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) All four of Denver's tight ends chipped in during Sunday's win over the Raiders in Week 17.

Julius Thomas led all tight ends with five receptions for 36 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per grab. Jacob Tamme caught three of his four targets for 29 yards while Joel Dreessen caught all three targets for 26 yards. Virgil Green took over in the second half and caught all two of his targeted passes for 15 yards for the Broncos.

NFL reveals offensive players for Pro Bowl


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league will hold a draft on Jan. 22 where Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select their respective squads for the annual all-star game.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas Broncos.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Julius Thomas a good bet for another touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Julius Thomas enters Week 17 at Oakland as the No. 3 Fantasy tight end. He's scored twice in the past three games, including catching Peyton Manning's record-setting 51st touchdown last week, and has produced at least one score in 10 of his 13 appearances.

Thomas' 12 touchdowns are the most ever by a Broncos tight end in a season. (Shannon Sharpe twice scored 10). Linebackers can't cover him, and Manning loves throwing to him whenever they try.

The Raiders give up the 9th-fewest Fantasy points (6.5 per game) to tight ends, allowing one touchdown in the last five weeks. No matter. Start Thomas as a top-5 play Sunday.


Julius Thomas scores in victory


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-13 victory over the Texans. He was targeted eight times. 

The touchdown was the 12th of the season for Thomas, and his second in three games. The 78 yards were the most for Thomas since Week 10, which was the last full game he played healthy, before hurting his knee in Week 11 (Thomas was inactive in Weeks 12 and 13). 

Thomas scored on a 25-yard catch in the fourth quarter. The touchdown was Peyton Manning's 51st of the season, which set a new single-season NFL record. 

The Broncos play the Raiders in Week 17. When the teams first met, in Week 3, Thomas caught three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. 


Julius Thomas just fine Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who was listed as probable on Friday's injury report because of a knee injury, is active for Week 16 at Houston.

Thomas was able to practice in full all week. He missed Weeks 12 and 13 with the injury but has played every game since.


Broncos place nine probables on Friday injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Broncos have listed nine players as probable for Sunday against Houston. Included on the list is the pass-catching combination of quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle), tight end Julius Thomas (knee) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (shoulder).

The others are cornerback Champ Bailey (foot), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee), wideout Trindon Holliday (shoulder), guard Chris Kuper (ankle), tackle Winston Justice (finger) and linebackerDanny Trevathan (shoulder).


Julius Thomas still a top tight end option


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/17/2013) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught just four passes for 49 yards in last Thursday's loss to the Chargers, failing to get into the end zone for the first time in four games. But the game came on a quick turnaround, and Thomas was still dealing with a knee injury. 

This Sunday, 10 days after the Chargers game, a rested Thomas should be able to take advantage of a great matchup against Houston. The Texans -- while allowing the second-fewest passing yards per game this season -- have allowed four tight end touchdowns in the last six games. And one of those came in a six-catch, 127-yard performance from Rob Gronkowski, who is more of a Thomas-type player than most of their recent opponents (Vernon Davis caught three passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, but that was back in Week 5). 

With plenty of time to rest, and a nice matchup in Week 16, Thomas can be started in most Fantasy formats. 


Julius Thomas held out of the end zone


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas entered Week 15 against the Chargers with a three-game scoring streak intact, but was unable to find the end zone in a 27-20 loss Thursday.

Thomas actually bested his previous two games' receiving yard totals, as he finished with 49 yards on his four catches. He was targeted seven times in the passing game, with a long reception of 22 yards.

Thomas missed two games with a knee injury, but is still on pace for a very strong season. He has 54 receptions for 674 yards and 11 touchdowns entering Week 16 against the Texans. 


Julius Thomas able to play through knee again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (knee) is active for Week 15 against the Chargers, as he continues to play through the injury that initially cost him two games. Thomas got through the week in practice and was considered probable for Thursday's game. 

Top Broncos among probables for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) The Broncos have placed 18 players on their final injury report before they play San Diego on Thursday night, but 15 are probable.

Among them are premier skill position players such as quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) running back Knowshon Moreno (shoulder), wide receivers Eric Decker (ribs) and Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) and tight end Julius Thomas (knee).