For Demaryius Thomas, the Arrival of Peyton Manning Means it’s Time to Run Routes Again

June 28, 2012 – 7:30 am by Brad Gagnon

Demaryius Thomas finished the 2011 season with a bang, and the momentum has kept building as we work toward 2012. The young Denver Broncos receiver will have a chance to catch passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning this year, so maybe his third year will be a charm.

Demaryius Thomas joined Mayhem in the AM on 790 The Zone in Atlanta to discuss his big game-winning touchdown against the Steelers, Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning’s impact on his game and the team in general.

On his 80-yard touchdown to beat the Steelers in overtime in the AFC wild-card playoffs changing for things for him:

“Oh yeah, it changed a lot. I went from unknown to known. Go out and now people notice you. But I think it was a big step of my career to elevate it.”

On his feelings prior to that play:

“When we went out on the field, I knew it was going to be a big play but I didn’t know it was going to be that big. Once I made one guy miss I knew it was going to be to the house.”

On if it got tiring answering Tim Tebow questions during the course of the year:

“It did, it did.”

On what Peyton Manning brings to the table:

“The thing that gets me is how well he knows the game, and he’s a leader. It ain’t just him talking to the offense. He talks to the whole team as a group, so I feel like that’s something big, because I never saw a quarterback that does that. And even when we’re in the weight room, he’s just a leader. You got something like that on your team, it can take you big places.”

On if Manning looks like a guy recovering from multiple neck procedures:

“I can’t tell he had one surgery. … I’ve never been with a quarterback like that, so….”

On his initial feelings when the team signed Manning:

“I was excited at the same time, but I was kind of nervous, because from watching him I felt like he — I ain’t gonna say he was demanding — but the receivers did the right things and he got the ball to them in the right spots. So to get to play with a future Hall of Famer, I knew I had to step my game up and get in my book more, run routes more, because I never really ran routes much. So I thought it was gonna be a challenge, and it has been so far. But it’s been good, too.”

On having to run more routes with Manning at quarterback:

“You’re gonna have to run the whole route tree now. The comebacks, the slants, the posts, the ins. And I didn’t have to do that much when I was my first couple of years in the league.”

Listen to Demaryius Thomas on 790 The Zone here

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  1. 8 Responses to “For Demaryius Thomas, the Arrival of Peyton Manning Means it’s Time to Run Routes Again”

  2. Maybe the fact that the recievers were not running their routes or catching the ball had an impact on Tebow’s QB rating and not his throwing motion. Is this a case of religiphobia and a false pretense. Because of Tebow’s faith he was criticized for accuracy and over mobility . Maybe the old guard should consider each end of a pass and not make an issue of religion.

    By Rob on Jun 30, 2012

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