Demaryius Thomas: I have to run whole route tree


Demaryius Thomas has played in three very different offenses in the past three years. Two of those seasons -- his final year at Georgia Tech and last year under Denver Broncos coach John Fox -- didn't feature a lot of passing.

Thomas has the physical skill set to be Denver's biggest breakout player this year. But he has to become a more complete player. Peyton Manning requires his receivers to be precise more than anything else.

“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," Thomas said during a recent interview with WQXI-AM in Atlanta, via

Thomas says he's been in his playbook more as a response to Manning's arrival. These are the intangibles that Manning brings. He's making the players around him step up their game or they'll get left behind.