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hookemhess
05-04-2010, 07:00 PM
Good article about our new twin towers. I'm so excited about these guys. Big, hard nosed football players that happen to play WR.

And a non-Tebow thread might be nice, though I doubt it will generate any discussion.

http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=334&storyID=10109

A Fast Friendship
By Gray Caldwell
DenverBroncos.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's not easy being a rookie.

Whether it's learning the "foreign language" of NFL terminology, adapting to the speed of the game, getting acquainted with a new city or just enduring a little initiation from the veterans, there's always something new to take in.

So when you can go through the process with a friend, it's that much easier.

Such is the case for Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.

"We actually trained in Arizona together for three months," Thomas said. "Then when we found out we were both drafted (by the Broncos), we were excited to play with each other."

In the process of working out together, the two became "really good friends," Decker said. But that bond grew even stronger when Thomas injured his foot, preventing him from participating in any of the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Decker missed several games his senior year after suffering a foot injury and was unable to participate at the combine, as well. Immediately, the two began to "bond in the training room," Decker joked.

Their injuries might have been the reason, Head Coach Josh McDaniels ventured, that Thomas was available late in the first round and Decker lasted all the way to the third. But that didn't make the team shy away from either of the 6-foot-3 receivers, and the coach fully expects both players to make a return to the field in time to be ready for their rookie seasons.

"We feel very comfortable with both players in terms of their injuries and the rehabilitation that they've gone through," McDaniels said. "We expect them to be able to contribute and learn and be out there in some way sometime in the spring. ... We're not going to rush anything. We'd rather that they be fully healthy and ready to compete than mostly healthy and thrown out there."

With no way to judge the players at the combine, the team focused on what the receivers put on tape throughout their college careers.

Thomas accumulated 120 receptions for 2,339 yards and 14 touchdowns at Georgia Tech, averaging more than 25 yards per catch as a senior.

He put up those statistics in an offense dominated by the run. The triple-option attack led the ACC in 2009 by averaging more than 295 rushing yards per game. The Yellow Jackets ranked last in the ACC in passing offense, yet Thomas found a way to excel. He put up 1,154 receiving yards and eight toughdowns as a senior, averaging 82.4 yards receiving per game when his team averaged just 126.7.

"That's what we put the most stock in -- what did he do as a football player on tape?" McDaniels said. "We're excited about Demaryius being on our football team. It certainly gives us the opportunity to have a bigger wide receiver that can do some different things, create some matchup problems and I think that's something that you're looking for."

At Minnesota, Decker was the first player to haul in more than 200 catches and amass more than 3,000 yards receiving in school history, finishing his career with the Golden Gophers with 227 receptions for 3,119 yards and 24 touchdowns. He produced first downs on more than 70 percent of his catches and was tackled for a loss just four times in his career.

Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the receiver was targeted 354 times in college, dropping just three passes.

"(Decker) is another big receiver -- a smart kid with really good hands," McDaniels continued. "He's very versatile. He's done a lot of good things (at Minnesota) and he's very determined young man."

Neither player participated in last weekend's rookie minicamp, but both watched the action from the sidelines, taking pointers from coaches as their teammates ran through drills.

"Me and Bay Bay -- Demaryius -- are just cheerleaders at this point, but just trying to get mental reps watching the guys run routes and get in and out of their breaks," Decker said. "We're trying to take it in so when we're able to get on the field we do that."

Meanwhile, both players are spending all their time in the playbook. Thomas said he is "trying to learn my way onto the field," the approach much of the 2010 rookie class is taking.

The roster has six receivers who were with the team last season -- Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Lloyd, Kenny McKinley, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley and Matt Willis -- three college free agents and a first-year free agent in addition to the two drafted pass-catchers.

Thomas and Decker said experiencing the trials of being a rookie along with a big group of first-year players makes it more fun, and in the end, they're all doing whatever it takes to get on the field and make an impact when the season rolls around.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to come in here and help this team win," Decker said.

_Oro_
05-04-2010, 07:10 PM
Decker reminds me of someone but I just can't put my finger on it.

Rulon Velvet Jones
05-04-2010, 07:13 PM
Decker reminds me of someone but I just can't put my finger on it.

Phil McConkey?

LRtagger
05-04-2010, 07:13 PM
I wonder what they think about Tebow's new throwing motion.

SoCalBronco
05-04-2010, 07:32 PM
Phil McConkey?

I was thinking Kevin Kasper.

extralife
05-04-2010, 07:37 PM
I really do feel good about both of these guys. Thomas' lack of route running experience is a concern, but other than that there really isn't anything to not like about either one of them.

_Oro_
05-04-2010, 07:37 PM
I was thinking Kevin Kasper.

Yeah I could see that. Well maybe without the neon blonde.

FireFly
05-04-2010, 07:38 PM
Decker reminds me of someone but I just can't put my finger on it.

ed mccaffrey
:angel:

BowlenBall
05-04-2010, 07:39 PM
Phil McConkey?

Never say that name in my presence....

Mogulseeker
05-04-2010, 07:40 PM
Brandon Stokley

Mogulseeker
05-04-2010, 07:41 PM
I was thinking Kevin Kasper.

Why did we cut this dude? He was worth his 6th-round salary in his return ability alone.

Wayne Chrebet

Joe Jurevicius

...who else is white that we can compare Decker to?

Kaylore
05-04-2010, 07:44 PM
Omg hes LARRY BIRD!

PRBronco
05-04-2010, 07:53 PM
David Kircus.

No but seriously...I love a good bromance. I smell a buddy film.

epicSocialism4tw
05-04-2010, 08:04 PM
I like both of these guys. They both seem to have the Jerry Rice mentality.

I wouldnt be too hard on Thomas for his perceived lack of route-running ability. He's smart. That part of the game will be easy for him. What concerned me about Thomas was that he appeared not to take hits well. His body isnt like Marshalls where he doles out punishment...Thomas kind of folds into the hit, absorbing it. You can get hurt that way. He's a big guy though, so who knows.

DarkHorse
05-04-2010, 08:17 PM
Why did we cut this dude? He was worth his 6th-round salary in his return ability alone.

Wayne Chrebet

Joe Jurevicius

...who else is white that we can compare Decker to?


Steve Watson

Michael Young

Ray Finkle
05-04-2010, 08:17 PM
Steve Largent?

LRtagger
05-04-2010, 08:20 PM
Don Beebe

mhgaffney
05-04-2010, 08:22 PM
Decker only dropped three passes in college....

Wow!

Victor
05-04-2010, 08:28 PM
Decker reminds me of someone but I just can't put my finger on it.

Dicky Lyons?

Hercules Rockefeller
05-04-2010, 08:29 PM
Steve Watson

extralife
05-04-2010, 08:47 PM
I like both of these guys. They both seem to have the Jerry Rice mentality.

I wouldnt be too hard on Thomas for his perceived lack of route-running ability. He's smart. That part of the game will be easy for him.

Route running isn't just about being "smart," it's an actual physical skill. We'll see if he has that kind of control over his body and the discipline to find his spots.

Broncosfreak_56
05-04-2010, 08:48 PM
Jordy Nelson?

Dr. Broncenstein
05-04-2010, 08:51 PM
John Stockton?

Rulon Velvet Jones
05-04-2010, 08:54 PM
Quick! Name all the white receivers you can!

Broncosfreak_56
05-04-2010, 08:55 PM
He is like a white Jerome Iginla?

extralife
05-04-2010, 08:55 PM
Don Hutson

SoCalBronco
05-04-2010, 08:57 PM
Touchdown Travis McGriff.

Victor
05-04-2010, 08:57 PM
Touchdown Travis McGriff.

LOL...that's a good one. Let's hope not.

UberBroncoMan
05-04-2010, 08:57 PM
I like both of these guys. They both seem to have the Jerry Rice mentality.

I wouldnt be too hard on Thomas for his perceived lack of route-running ability. He's smart. That part of the game will be easy for him. What concerned me about Thomas was that he appeared not to take hits well. His body isnt like Marshalls where he doles out punishment...Thomas kind of folds into the hit, absorbing it. You can get hurt that way. He's a big guy though, so who knows.

Thomas is 11lbs lighter than Marshall and about an 1 1/2 inches shorter.

That said... Marshall was 6lbs lighter than he is now when he was drafted.

I think Thomas needs to stack in about 7-8lbs of muscle myself. Move from 224 to around 231-232

randomtask
05-04-2010, 09:00 PM
Tim Dwight?

521 1N5
05-04-2010, 09:01 PM
http://www.gamedepot4u.com/images/xBox%20360%20Accessory/Xbox-360-wireless-Gaming-Receiver-white.jpg

HILife
05-04-2010, 09:02 PM
Decker reminds me of someone but I just can't put my finger on it.

http://www.altamontnow.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/_dave_chappelle_as_prince1.jpg

Just an excuse to post the pic.

Doggcow
05-04-2010, 09:14 PM
Decker only dropped three passes in college....

Wow!

I think a better stat would be how many times Decker got dropped.

But that's ****ing ridiculous.

no-pseudo-fan
05-04-2010, 09:15 PM
http://www.altamontnow.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/_dave_chappelle_as_prince1.jpg

Just an excuse to post the pic.

Maybe you should purify yourself in the waters of lake minnetoka.

HILife
05-04-2010, 09:26 PM
Maybe you should purify yourself in the waters of lake minnetoka.

Charlie Murphy: We can call it the shirts vs the blouses.

Charlie Murphy: I don't know what he was crying about. He knew where he got that shirt and it certainly wasn't in the men's department

Cleo McDowell
05-05-2010, 12:36 AM
Good article about our new twin towers. I'm so excited about these guys. Big, hard nosed football players that happen to play WR.

And a non-Tebow thread might be nice, though I doubt it will generate any discussion.

http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=334&storyID=10109

A Fast Friendship
By Gray Caldwell
DenverBroncos.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's not easy being a rookie.


In the process of working out together, the two became "really good friends," Decker said. But that bond grew even stronger when Thomas injured his foot, preventing him from participating in any of the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Do I smell ankle tattoos around the corner?

Traveler
05-05-2010, 03:25 AM
Golden & Sterling Richards.

scorpio
05-05-2010, 07:50 AM
Decker sounds like he'll fit in as part of the white 53

Rohirrim
05-05-2010, 07:54 AM
Homer Simpson?

55CrushEm
05-05-2010, 08:25 AM
Joe Jurevicius?

SureShot
05-05-2010, 09:24 AM
He reminds me of Boyd Dowler

Smiling Assassin27
05-05-2010, 10:27 AM
Phil McConkey?

David Kircus?

epicSocialism4tw
05-05-2010, 12:46 PM
We need BOTH of these players to contribute this year.

broncocalijohn
05-05-2010, 01:32 PM
Decker reminds me of someone but I just can't put my finger on it.

Steve Watson? No? I know I am close.

Amazing he had 3 dropped passes (Decker). Thomas had a great 25 ypc in 2009 but I want to know what can be done without the triple option offense. What can he do when the opponent knows we are throwing (unless it is Lord Tebow behind center).

2KBack
05-05-2010, 01:41 PM
Thomas is 11lbs lighter than Marshall and about an 1 1/2 inches shorter.

That said... Marshall was 6lbs lighter than he is now when he was drafted.

I think Thomas needs to stack in about 7-8lbs of muscle myself. Move from 224 to around 231-232

out of curiosity, where do you get these measurements?

Everything I've seen put's Bey Bey at 6'3" 230
and Marshall at 6'4" 230

That tells me Demarious is actually the stouter of the two

cmhargrove
05-05-2010, 02:11 PM
Thomas is 11lbs lighter than Marshall and about an 1 1/2 inches shorter.

That said... Marshall was 6lbs lighter than he is now when he was drafted.

I think Thomas needs to stack in about 7-8lbs of muscle myself. Move from 224 to around 231-232

I think i'm really more interested in how many TD's he can get us.

BlaK-Argentina
05-05-2010, 02:26 PM
out of curiosity, where do you get these measurements?

Everything I've seen put's Bey Bey at 6'3" 230
and Marshall at 6'4" 230

That tells me Demarious is actually the stouter of the two

He doesn't need to be as big as Marshall anyway. He's big enough.

NYBronco
05-05-2010, 02:35 PM
Watching Thomas' highlight video I like the way he runs forward toward his teams end zone immediately after catching the ball.

Borks147
05-05-2010, 02:40 PM
Watching Thomas' highlight video I like the way he runs forward toward his teams end zone immediately after catching the ball.

hahahaha

Pony Boy
05-05-2010, 03:14 PM
(Keep it in you pants Lance) Rentzel

Chris
05-05-2010, 05:33 PM
Wayne Chrebet

TonyR
05-07-2010, 08:55 AM
From: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/32212/football-scientist-kc-joyner

RJ (Boston)
Hey KC, Which NFL team's current college scout staff would you trust most, year in and year out?

KC Joyner (4:06 PM)
Baltimore by far. Their history of top notch grading looks to be unmatched.


The Ravens reported interest in drafting Thomas makes me giddy that we beat them to him.

Cito Pelon
05-07-2010, 10:06 AM
" . . . .though I doubt it will generate any discussion."

Your OP generated discussion, mostly silly & inane, judging by page one & two.

These two are intriguing prospects, big, strong, intelligent, happy guys. I can argue that McD's future is more tied to these two WR's than to Tebow. Drafting two WR's high with foot injuries after trading Marshall and Scheffler, these two have some pressure on them to perform. Naturally, the Tebow focus takes some of the focus off of them, and I bet they like that. I hope they have drive and desire, they're gonna need it.