Houston, TX - The Houston Texans make a bold move and traded for Demaryius Thomas today. The Broncos acquired a fourth-round draft pick from the Texans and the teams will also swap seventh-round picks.The Texans who have surged to the top of the AFC South with five straight wins after starting 0-3. Thomas,30, has had subside production for the Broncos since 2014,though the teams quarterback play has also taken a hit. He had 36 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns this season. Denver didn’t intend keeping Thomas past this year so in a way that not unpleasant, they were able to find a deal that was good for both sides.
Thomas has similiar ties to Houston.The offensive assistant Wes Welker was Thomas teammate in Denver combining for 37 touchdowns with Peyton Manning in 2013-2014. Also on staff in Houston is Luke Richesson,the head strength and conditioning coach in Denver 2012-2017. Thomas is experienced,athletic,very duriable with the ability to catch balls in tight spaces. Strong physical target and very explosive should fit well opposite of DeAndre Hopkins.This was a courageous move by Brian Gaine and surely one that would not be relevant if Will Fuller unfortunately didn’t tear his ACL. Thomas is a dependable complimentary piece to Hopkins that should keep opposing secondaries honest.
Thomas is nowhere near the receiver that he used to be, but you could do alot worse than 4th round pick for a veteran rental in disabled WR corps. Texans only owe Thomas 4.5 million for this season, but his 14 million salary next year is not guaranteed. The Texans needed pass catches after Fuller went down, so it makes perfect logic to add another body. They are trying to win now and this fits in line with that kind of move, even if Thomas is probably not in their long-term plans.
Hopkins loves the move. DeAndre Hopkins quotes” I think it was awesome,”he said.” I think Demaryius brings a lot of skill to this team and a lot of experience in the NFL. He’s a great guy off the field. I’ve trained with him before so I think it’s good move.”
The Texans ironically play Denver this Sunday. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has no travel restrictions and is set to fly for the road game. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said they will take preparations for all of the players heading into the higher altitude in Denver.