Good morning, Broncos Country.
Some people embrace change, some people shy away from it. For Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, it is the former.
When Peyton Manning was leading the team on the gridiron, Thomas put up uncanny numbers: 402 receptions, 5,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. With that type of statistical output, Thomas is well on his way to becoming the team's franchise leader in almost every receiving category within several seasons.
Now that Trevor Siemian is the starting quarterback for the franchise, one would assume he might have some apprehensions going into the year. Would his production be the same? Could he still be an elite player at the position?
But no, Thomas isn't worried about that — he is actually excited about the new offense and what they can do this year.
"I’m very excited. I think the whole group is excited. We all were able to be together this offseason with OTAs and minicamp," said Thomas. "We weren’t able to do that last year. Everybody is getting better and better every week. I’m excited about it. I think they’re going to do a good job."
The lack of cohesiveness in last year's offseason and OTAs may have been a primary reason why the Broncos offense struggled to put up good numbers in 2015, but Thomas and his teammates are confident they can turn the tide and have offensive efficacy in 2016.
In order for the Broncos' 2016 offense to gel and have consistency, a lot of that will be the burden of Siemian, who has yet to start a regular season game in the NFL, but Thomas and those surrounding him on offense have confidence in him and his abilities.
"He’s a smart kid. He’s been playing the game, but he hasn’t played in the NFL. It’s a little different," stated Thomas. "He has a lot of guys on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball that has his back. We trust him to make the right call and whatever call that will be we are going to do our best to make it work."
Critics of the Broncos have honed in on Siemian and his teammates, doubting them throughout the course of the preseason with the belief that they won't have a great season. Many believe that the offense will be the squad's Achilles' Heel that is the Broncos' bane in 2016, leaving them short of a playoff victory.
Yet Thomas and the rest of the Broncos are paying no mind to the rabble, and are doing their best to keep focused week in and week out and perform at a high level.
"The people say something every year. It’s something different every year for them, about our offenses, about our defenses or about a player or a coach," Thomas remarked. "It’s something different every year. We don’t pay attention to that. We just go out there and do our job."
And tomorrow evening, Thomas and the rest of the Broncos will set out and embark on another journey with aspirations of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy again. Get ready friends, the advent of the 2016 NFL season is upon us.
I expect the Broncos to defend their title admirably and put together a solid home opener win against the Panthers on Thursday night, leaving the doubters in the dust as they propel forward in pursuit of another NFL championship.
Who is with me?
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