Curran on Demaryius Thomas signing; NBC's Josh Norris on Pats' draft options

Demaryius Thomas

Last season, he started the first eight games of the year for Denver, finishing with 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns, before being trading to Houston, where he started in seven games and finished with 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

That injury likely made Thomas a ideal low-risk, high-reward addition for the Patriots, as his rehab and uncertainty at 31 years old will nearly certainly keep the Patriots from any sort of significant financial commitment on this contract. His career-high for touchdowns in a season is 14, which he did in 2013 in Denver. He was a part of the Super Bowl 50 championship squad. Thomas' thirty-six 100-yard receiving performances are tops in team history. It's fair to wonder what the 31-year-old has left after tearing his Achillies just four months ago.

During offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels's brief tenure as Denver Broncos head coach, the Broncos selected Thomas 22nd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

With Thomas joining the Pats, New England's receiving group now features Edelman, Dorsett, Thomas, Maurice Harris, Bruce Ellington, and Braxton Berrios.

He'll serve as veteran insurance as the Patriots await the fate of wideout Josh Gordon, indefinitely suspended by the league for violating its substance abuse policy. Sprinkle in Rob Gronkowski's retirement, and they have a big need for people who can catch passes from Brady.

With 12 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, there's a good chance the Patriots aren't done adding to their wide receiver depth chart ahead of the 2019 season.



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