Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has said he must play better after he has dropped the ball several times over the first six games of the season, including during his team's 26-23 overtime win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Thomas, who signed a five-year, $70 million deal just before the start of training camp, has dropped the ball eight times so far this season. That total includes the two dropped passes from yesterday's game.
You would be right to think if the wideout had caught the majority, or all, of his dropped passes so far this year, the Broncos would have won their games a lot more easily without having to rely on their defense and without the need of overtime.
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ESPN reported that Thomas said: “I’ve got to figure something out. I ain’t playing my best right now. I take the blame for that.’’
The 27-year-old's two drops against the Browns came during the fourth quarter and during overtime. Both if caught, could have put the Broncos in a better position to win the game earlier than they did. However, the wide receiver has recognised this, which is good to see.
“First one, I just took my eyes off the ball," Thomas said: "Knowing I should keep my eyes on the ball as a receiver, it happens, it happens. They were just too easy to have the drops. Both of them, I take the blame. I’ve got to be better.’’
The bye week has come at a good time for the three-time Pro Bowler, as it will provide him an opportunity to recharge and become the player once again that we saw during the latter part of last season, as he had 10 100-yard games, which all came after the team's bye week thanks to his superb catching.
Asked if the same thing could happen this year, he said: “That was three games last year -- I feel like every game I have a drop this year. I’ve got to work, I’ve got to catch more, I’ve got to do something. I’ve got to put us in a better situation.’’
Only time will answer that questions, as the Broncos next game is against the Green Bay Packers on November 2.