Demaryius Thomas is one of the best receivers in the NFL. Fact. However so far this season, the Broncos star has struggled.
During the 2013 regular season he caught more touchdowns than any other wide receiver with 14 and was only second to Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.
This season, through three games he has 13 receptions (tied 45th in NFL) for 141 yards (tied 53rd). One of the main reasons for his poor stats can be attributed to dropped catches - he has the fourth worst drop rate in the NFL.
D.T has dropped three catchable passes that, had he caught, would improve his stats significantly. He knows he has to do better, speaking to the Denver Post:
"I know I ain't playing at my highest potential right now. And I do get down on myself..... 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,"
Some people have attributed his bad play to injury - something which Thomas and the Broncos strongly deny. Others have attributed it to him being unhappy with his contract, another rumor which D.T denies:
“Nah, the contract is not part of it. The contract is going to work out by itself. I can’t really do nothing about it. 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."
Luckily for Thomas his fellow wide out Emmanuel Sanders has been on fire in the early weeks. While he hasn't found the end zone he has the most receptions in the NFL thus far with 25 and has the third most receiving yards with 334.
Don't expect Thomas to continue to struggle however. He can and will do better, and with Denver on a bye week, expect him to come back recharged and raring to go when week five rolls around.