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Third-year tight end Julius Thomas has had his fair share—and then some—of tough breaks since being drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2011 NFL
draft. Battling numerous aliments and ankle injuries, Thomas has been healthy enough to play in just 9 of his first 32 games in the NFL.
Returning to Dove Valley healthy for the first time in two years, Thomas will finally get his chance to shine this summer.
After tight end Joel Dreessen had a knee scope procedure done
, Thomas was thrust into the No. 2 tight end spot behind starter Jacob Tamme. During OTAs, Thomas did not disappoint
, taking full advantage of his opportunity to run with the first-team offense.
Thomas spent four seasons on Portland State's basketball team before converting to football during his senior year. After catching 29 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns in his first—and final—season of college football, the Broncos took a chance on him.
So far, that gamble hasn't paid off, thanks to an injury bug. But Thomas, thanks in part to his 6'5", 246-pound frame, has the potential to turn heads this summer. Be on the watch for No. 80.