The Denver Broncos have undergone plenty of changes this offseason, but some things remain the same, such as the importance of quarterback Peyton Manning.
Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has taken over the mantle of head coach after the Broncos parted ways with John Fox, who will now lead the Chicago Bears into battle in 2015.
Kubiak brings with him to Denver a more run-heavy offensive style that will lessen the pressure on Manning and the passing game, but there is no doubt that Peyton's number one receiver Demaryius Thomas will still have a massive season.
Thomas managed to amass 1,619 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014, while in 2013 he achieved 1,400+ receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. There is no doubt that the wideout is arguably the most consistent receiver in the NFL, but the Broncos are yet to sign him to a new deal and currently have the star franchise tagged.
Denver have until July 15 to sign Thomas to a contract extension, but a lack of progress with the situation is apparently seriously frustrating Peyton Manning, according to NFL media insider Ian Rapoport.
"Peyton Manning is already upset that Thomas doesn't have a new deal and isn't in Denver, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday's edition of NFL Total Access," NFL.com reported.
"If there is no deal in place by the deadline, Rapoport adds, don't expect Thomas to report to training camp.
"That chain of events would only serve to further aggravate Manning, who relies on offseason and summer repetitions to build impeccable timing with his receivers. Considering the challenges of adjusting to Gary Kubiak's new offense, it's even more imperative that Manning hones his connection with his No. 1 receiver."
Not a good sign
This report provided by the inside knowledge of Rapoport is certainly worrying for Broncos fans. After such an offseason of change, Manning needs his number one target to be fully focused.
As it is, there is no way that Thomas will be fully happy right now. And that's not good for Peyton or the Broncos.