New England Patriots fans didn’t know what Demaryius Thomas they were going to get but the final week of the preseason showed that the wide receiver still has some gas left in the tank.
Update: New England Patriots waived Demaryius Thomas, but the the team is reportedly interested in re-signing Thomas prior to the Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It seemed like Thomas‘ glory days were long gone. Ever since 2014, his stats have continued to decline.
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The Patriots didn’t even know if Thomas was going to start the season. He tore his Achilles in 2018 and most thought he would start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Then all of a sudden he was healthy and practicing with the team.
But Thomas made his Patriots debut in Week 4 of the preseason and had quite the start. Against the Giants he had 7 catches for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Now we do have to take this performance with a grain of salt. Most of the guys that Thomas faced will most likely be cut before Week 1 begins, but if he can maintain this level of play Pats fans will be ecstatic.
In a relatively quick period of time, the Patriots wide receiver corps has become one of the strongest groups the team has ever seen. Your Week 1 starters appear to be Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, and N’Keal Harry.
Thomas isn’t the fastest receiver in the world (at least not anymore). On Thursday his routes were run extremely well. That is the type of stuff that can easily make you one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets.
We will just have to see if Thomas was just taking advantage of poor players in Week 4 or if he will become yet another player to find the fountain of youth in New England. If he does, New England’s offense will be unstoppable.