Broncos TE Julius Thomas on record-setting pace: Taking it 'one week at a time'
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By Johnny Hart
For those who haven’t noticed, particularly the ones currently taking residency under rocks, the Denver Broncos passing game is pretty solid.
Like, record-setting good.
And to boot, Denver’s coming off a 2013 campaign in which they, well, set records.
But among the Peyton Manning milestones coming up this season –– 500 career touchdowns (check), most career passing touchdowns (almost check) –– Broncos basketball-star-turned-tight-end Julius Thomas is running down his own historical mark.
Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, Thomas has nine touchdown grabs –– more combined scores than contemporaries Rob Gronkowski (4) and Jimmy Graham (3).
He said he didn’t realize he’d accomplished that feat when Nate Kreckman brought it up during the Julius Thomas Show Thursday in The Locker Room.
But his nine end zone grabs through five games puts Thomas on pace to best Randy Moss’ single-season record for touchdown receptions (23), which he set with New England in 2007.
The Broncos pass catcher, however, said it’s more like something tucked deep in his mind rather than something on which he’s focused.
“It’s probably one of those things that it’s way, way back in the back of your head. I personally know how up and down seasons can be,” Thomas said. “You think, ‘Oh man, these touchdowns are rolling.’ And then a couple of weeks go by, and you’re like, ‘Man, I haven’t seen the end zone.’”
Thomas said he’s just taking it “one week at a time,” and he’s just trying to give his team a chance to win each week.
“If that’s scoring touchdowns, then I’ll be most happy to do that,” Thomas said.
Knighton picks DT over himself as top free agent for Broncos should target to re-sign
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By Johnny Hart
Unless by some miracle the NFL abolishes the salary cap before 2015, it appears this offseason will be one of difficult choices for the brain trust at Dove Valley.
As many as eight Denver Broncos starters could end up free agents in some capacity after this season, including but not limited to Demaryius Thomas, Chris Harris, Terrance Knighton and Julius Thomas.
And that doesn’t include Brandon Marshall, who’s started in place of the injured Danny Trevathan for much of this young season.
The Locker Room’s Nate Kreckman asked ESPN NFL Analyst Mark Schlereth Monday to prioritize the list of the Broncos free agents he thinks the team should target for re-signing.
He landed on DT.
Pot Roast came in second.
When Knighton was posed the same question during Monday Night Madness, somewhat surprisingly, he agreed with Stink’s suggestion.
“DT, he’s a Pro Bowler. He’s been doing it longer. He was drafted here. You take care of home. You take care of the guys that you drafted,” Knighton said. “He’s the face of the receivers in the NFL, so you’ve got to take care of guys like that.”
Knighton, who joined the Broncos as a free agent in 2013, said that he does believe it’s “equally important” for Denver to try to bring back that strong nucleus of players –– like Harris, Julius Thomas, DT, Orlando Franklin and Rahim Moore.
But the defensive tackle also realizes the difficulties of negotiating the financial constraints of the league.
“I don’t think guys are willing to share money. Everybody wants their share and wants what they feel like their worth,” Knighton said. “It’ll be tough, but (general manager John) Elway does a good job of putting great teams together, and I’m pretty sure he’ll make it work.”
Despite ranking DT over himself, Pot Roast did say he hoped things worked out in a way that he could stay in Denver past this season.