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Demaryius Thomas surpasses 1,000 yards receiving just nine games into the season

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Ezra Shaw

If there is any question that Demaryius Thomas in one of the NFL's premier wide receivers then just take a look at his career year in progress for 2014. He snagged 11 catches for 108 yards in the Denver Broncos 41-10 rout of the Oakland Raiders today and is now over 1,000 yards for the season after just nine games.

After some early struggles, Thomas has come on like a freight train since the Bye Week.

WK OPP REC YDS AVG TD
1 Indianapolis Colts 4 48 12.0 0
2 Kansas City Chiefs 5 62 12.4 1
3 @ Seattle Seahawks 4 31 7.8 0
4 BYE WEEK
5 Arizona Cardinals 8 226 28.3 2
6 @ New York Jets 10 124 12.4 1
7 San Francisco 49ers 8 171 21.4 2
8 San Diego Chargers 8 105 13.1 0
9 @ New England Patriots 7 127 18.1 0
10 @ Oakland Raiders 11 108 9.8 0
TOTAL 65 1,002 15.4 6

Thomas is on pace for 116 catches for 1800 yards and around 11 touchdown catches. That would rank among one of the best single season performances in NFL history and certainly the best ever wearing a Bronco uniform. Even more impressive is that today's game was his sixth consecutive game with 100 yards or more receiving. Just four players in NFL annals have done better than that.

Most Consecutive 100-yard Rec Games (NFL History)
YEAR PLAYER NO.
2012 Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions 8
1961 Bill Groman, Houston Oilers 7
1961 Charley Hennigan, Houston Oilers 7
1995 Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys 7
2014 Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos 6

Demaryius Thomas is quietly having one of the best seasons in NFL history. When are we going to start talking about that? The consistency game in and game out is what impresses me the most. He is the one guy that Peyton Manning can rely on week in and week out. Few cornerbacks in this league have given him troubles and I do not see many left on the schedule that will have the talent and skills available to shut him down for an entire game.

If Thomas keeps up this level of consistency, is 2000 yards out of the question? It's a long shot, but an exciting possibility nonetheless.