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Denver Broncos Player to Watch: TE Julius Thomas

Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas isn't very well known by most NFL fans. There is a reason for that. The former 2011 4th round pick has failed to get on the field very often. In fact, Thomas has just 1 reception for 7 yards in 2 injury plagued seasons. 

All that may change in 2013. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound TE is finally healthy and he is starting to play like it. The young tight end has been making a lot of noise in training camp and he's doing most of it with the first team. Thomas has made a habit of making jaw dropping catches in camp and Monday was no different. Thomas abused safeties David Bruton and Rahim Moore with his size and athleticism to make TD catches that only a hand full of players in the NFL can make. Thomas has really stuck out so far and quarterback Peyton Manning is taking notice. 

"He's a great athlete. A big target. If you can't complete a ball to Julius as a quarterback, something is wrong with you," Manning said. "He has a great wingspan and great size and jumping ability. I think he's just continuing to get better for us."

Thomas' size, speed and ability to leap is near the tops in the league, but hasn't been able to put his game together until now and Manning is clearly excited.  He should be excited and so should Bronco fans. Based on talent and athleticism, Thomas could become a weapon not unlike pro bowler tight ends Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. 

If Thomas' quality of play continues in training camp and preseason, he's going to force the Denver Broncos to make some pretty tough decisions. It was expected that tight ends Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme would be getting most of the playing time this year. Now with the way Thomas has been playing, one of the tight ends might find themselves out of a job to get Thomas on the field.