On Tuesday the Patriots announced the signing of former Denver and Houston wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. He has the potential to add depth and talent to a currently depleted New England receiving corps.
The former All-Pro was traded to Houston midway through 2019 for a fourth-round draft pick. He suffered a torn Achilles in December that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Thomas was due $14 million in 2019, although none of it was guaranteed. The Texans released him earlier this year.
Thomas is an athletic, talented receiver who has been a reliable target for the past decade. He had five straight seasons with 1000+ receiving yards (2012-2016) and has 62 total touchdowns in his nine-year career. His numbers have declined over the previous few seasons, although that could be as much a reflection on his team as it could on him as a player. The Broncos have had extremely inconsistent quarterback play since Peyton Manning’s retirement.
Thomas won’t revolutionize the Patriots wide receiver unit. In fact, there’s always a chance he may not even make the team’s opening day roster. Other veterans like Eric Decker have failed to do so after an off-season in New England. However, if he does make it to the team’s regular season roster, he will provide an intelligent, experienced target for Tom Brady. For a relatively low contract, the Patriots made a solid decision signing Thomas.