Battista: On-the-job training
Entering his fourth year with the Broncos, the athletic tight end expects to be utilized even more in his second season as a starter.
"What I think people will see different in me (this year) is that they will use me a lot more creatively," Thomas recently told FOXSports.com. "I think there are a lot of things that our offense wanted to do with me, but you can only learn so much in one year. No matter how much time you have at practice, it never seems to be enough when you're learning and trying to come into your own."
Even while he was just getting by on athleticism, Thomas forced teams to game-plan ways to slow him down. He compiled 65 receptions for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
"I do think I'm still scratching the surface," Thomas said. "I've had guys who have told me that playing football around Year 4 and Year 5, it starts to click and then it all starts to make sense of what you're doing. That's typical of a normal guy who has been playing forever. I still think I have so far to go. I need to keep getting repetitions and keep getting comfortable with things."