Demaryius Thomas stopped playing in Week 16 of the past season after suffering a torn Achilles. This marked the end of his tenure with the Houston Texans. The New England Patriots jumped in and took the risk they needed to get Thomas on the roster. Sources reveal that the Patriots had already tried to sign him before the trade deadline.
“Prior to the trade deadline, the Patriots attempted to acquire Demaryius Thomas and denied an inquiry for Phillip Dorsett,” Jeff Howe reported in December. “Even with Josh Gordon playing well, the Pats recognized the possibility that Gordon wouldn’t last the season.”
It seems the risk they took paid off as Thomas recovers really well. His progress was documented in a video, and we couldn’t be happier for him.
WEEI’s Ryan Hannable wrote about Thomas’
“While it’s just an agility workout and doesn’t involve any
football activity, it’s a promising look for new Patriots wide
receiver Demaryius Thomas. The 31-year-old tore his Achilles in late December, but a video
surfaced of the receiver working out on the upper grass field behind Gillette
Stadium where he appeared to look pretty good having suffered the injury
roughly six months ago.
“It remains to be seen if he’ll be full-go for training camp, but
this is a fairly decent sign. Thomas will be competing with several others for a roster spot,
although if healthy he should have a good chance.”
Patriots qurterback Tom
Brady may get another key weapon right before the upcoming season.
If Thomas manages to
get on the field in near future, he will have a greater chance of reaching
contract incentives to earn $6 million. Thomas will get the chance to be part
of the same team with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Thomas struggled with
the same injury in the 2011 offseason and recovered really fast. He played in
October which is probably why the Patriots decided to trust their intuition. New
England was pretty confident during the signing process, and there’s a huge
possibility that he may be ahead of schedule in rehab. Let’s see what happens