More playing time expected for Broncos WR Thomas

Posted Oct. 29, 2011 @ 1:44 a.m.
Posted By Eli Kaberon

Finally, after a season-and-a-half of waiting to see what he can do, the Broncos have an opportunity to put a 2010 first-round pick on the field. And no, its not Tim Tebow.

WR Demaryius Thomas, selected three spots in front of the quarterback in April '10, has seen little playing time since being selected. His rookie year was spent mostly on the bench or in the training room because of foot and ankle injuries, as he recorded just 22 catches. This season he's been held back by a torn Achilles suffered in February and a broken finger in September. He made his 2011 debut in Week Seven.

According to a team insider, it would not be a surprise to see Thomas supplant Eddie Royal as a starting wide receiver by the end of the year. Royal is a free agent after the season and is unlikely to be re-signed, and like the recently traded Brandon Lloyd, the Broncos' coaching staff already knows what it has in Royal. Thomas is more of an unknown, and though he has shown some flashes of talent already, it has been in a very small sample size. The coaches want to see more of him before determining whether he's a player they can build around, long term.

Follow Eli Kaberon on Twitter