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Demaryius Thomas not playing at 'highest potential'

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It's no secret that Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas has struggled to start the season.

During the team's bye week, the 26-year-old admitted the first three games involved some of the worst performances of his career.

"I know I ain't playing at my highest potential right now. And I do get down on myself," Thomas told The Denver Post's Mike Kiszla.

One reason for D.T.'s poor play has been dropped passes. Pro Football Focus has charted three drops in 16 catchable balls through three weeks. His drop rate currently sits at the fourth-worst in the NFL.

"I had the most drops in these first three games that I've had my entire career. I don't know what it is. I don't know if I'm thinking too much," Thomas said.

Questions about what is causing his poor play have persisted. Is it an injury? Is it a byproduct of being unhappy with his contract situation?

Kiszla reports that Thomas isn't hiding any injury issues, saying that "Broncos officials have assured (Kiszla)" as much.

The wideout also insisted that the contract is not a distraction.

"Either you play well or you don't," he said. "There's no dollar signs involved when I'm playing football. All I care about is winning. So when I can't make the play, the reason I'm upset is I'm not helping the team win."

Whatever the reason for his early struggles, Thomas doesn't expect them to continue after the bye. We don't, either. Talent can overcome mistakes, and few are as talented at catching a football as Thomas.

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