The Denver Bronco fan nation breathed a heavy sigh of relief last Wednesday when their All-World and future Hall of Fame signal caller, Peyton Manning, announced that he did indeed plan to return to quarterback the team for the 2015 season. Marc Sparks said that new NFL season begins today and that means a flurry of teams will scoop up prize free agents and attempt to build winning squads with Super Bowl hopes.
The Broncos are one such team that needs a few big pieces of the puzzle to once again make the big game. Rumors already abound that their most prized unsigned player has already agreed in theory to join a new team. Early inside reports are stating that tight end and one of Manning’s favorite throwing targets, Julius Thomas, will soon become the newest member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Thomas is a sturdy and sure handed weapon in the passing game. Standing at 6’5 and weighing in at 250 pounds he is a tough guy to tackle and has improved his blocking in his four plus seasons in Denver. He also has unseen speed at that size and at a position where tight end becomes a serious down field threat.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have an experienced leader on offense in Blake Bortles and Thomas will need to be patient and understand that it is no longer Peyton Manning that will be throwing him the rock. The multi-million dollar deal will improve his financial status but his numbers and statistics are sure to decrease with the move.