Back in August, Denver Broncos third-year tight end Julius Thomas had a grand total of one start under his belt and one catch for five yards. As a result, his initial rating in the Madden NFL 25 video game was 65 overall when the game was released three months ago.
Since then, Thomas has started in ten games, catching 45 passes for 590 yards and 10 touchdowns. His Madden rating has skyrocketed to 84 overall and he has received the second-most Pro Bowl votes (278,765) among all NFL tight ends.
It comes as no surprise then that EA Sports chose to include the 25-year-old Portland State product in their latest television advertisement for Madden NFL 25. At the 0:13 mark of the video, Thomas is shown after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the snow performing a Gronk-like celebration spike.
It did not snow in Denver last week when the Broncos hosted the formerly undefeated Chiefs, but Thomas did catch three passes for 43 yards and a score before leaving the game with a knee injury. Denver went on to win the game, 27-17.
Thomas was limited in practice on Thursday. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio stated earlier in the week that Thomas will be "day-to-day," while his status for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots remains in question.
We'll know more on Thomas' status this afternoon when the team releases an official injury report. Until then, we'll continue schooling our friends in Madden with Denver's explosive offense.