My least favorite thing that i hear right now often on this site is hate on Demaryius Thomas. Let me start by saying I too am frustrated by his injuries, but we need to give him a chance to get back from those injuries and see how he's recovered before dishing out judgement.
WR's are always supposed to get 3 years, yet a lot of people aren't applying that rule to D.T. for whatever reason, perhaps it's because he was a McD pick(I'll admit i didn't love the pick at the time, but the kid's a Bronco now, and it's foolish to think he doesn't have potential), maybe it's because we're all so excited about Decker, I'm really not sure because this kid has done nothing at all to deserve doubt from any of us that he can't come back.
Thomas was supposed to be raw coming out of college due to lack of having to run many different routes at GT. He came into the season and could run any route, getting high praise of his teammates on his work ethic and professionalism. Any time he made a mistake in camp or practice, he seemed determined to learn from it and fix it. He came from a very tough back ground, and this kid isn't gonna let himself fail unless his body forces it upon him. He's rehabbed extremely well off one of the worst injuries you can sustain as WR, and if anyone's followed his rehab closely and is familiar with achillies injuries, you could quickly come to the conclusion that Bey Bey has been working his ass off to get healthy. This kid has a chip on his shoulder, and it may be a season before he can work his way back onto the field, as it's gonna be hard to get snaps with Decker and Lloyd ahead of him, and Royal as a better fit for the slot once he's back.
The kid proved in game 1 of his career he could play, lets hope he can get there again. He's a gigantic target that I'm sure any QB would like to have on their team. NFL offenses are becoming about having different weapons you can spring on an opponent, and Thomas can certainly develop into a weapon if he can prove to be healthy. He was also graded out by most scouts as the best blocking WR in the draft, just ahead of Eric Decker on most lists, we've seen Decker's impact in the run game, imagine if we had that going with 2 WR's. I personally love a tough WR that's willing to lay out a LB to get the ball carrier some space. Most of all, I think DT can really stand out by helping our wretched red zone scoring. He's a great red zone threat, and I think by the end of the season it'll be him and Decker together in the red zone packages.
With that said, regardless of what happens the rest of this season for Thomas, barring another severe injury, he needs to be given a 3rd year to be fully judged. The negativity is unjust, and saying you have "gut feeling" that a kid is gonna wash out of the league with injury can be kept to yourself. This site is great when people bring fact based opinion, and form logical arguments, a gut feeling doesn't constitute that. A huge NFL trend is 3rd year WR's breaking out, that's something to consider when judging DT once he comes back, stay optimistic with this one, I think he'll be a great leader on this team for years if he heals right.
Thoughts on what his season will be like if he comes back, lets say the week after the bye?
I'll say- 30 catches, 350 yards, 5 td, with hopes of a breakout third!