Julius Thomas

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Julius Thomas
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Thomas with the Denver Broncos in 2011
No. 89 – Miami Dolphins
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1988-06-27) June 27, 1988 (age 29)
Stockton, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 256 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Lodi (CA) Tokay
College: Portland State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2017
Receptions: 210
Receiving yards: 2,278
Receiving touchdowns: 35
Player stats at NFL.com

Julius Dewayne Thomas[1] (born June 27, 1988) is an American football tight end for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football and basketball at Portland State, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early life and education[edit]

Thomas is the son of Greg and Toria Thomas. He has two brothers, Trenton and Marcus. Thomas graduated from Tokay High School in Lodi, California. Thomas graduated from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.[2][3][4][5][6]

College career[edit]

While at Portland State, Thomas was a First-team All-Big Sky Conference selection in football in 2010. He finished the season with 29 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns for Portland State's football team.[7] Thomas had not played collegiate football prior to 2010.

Thomas played four seasons for the Portland State basketball team. During his collegiate basketball career, Thomas set school records for career games played (121), career wins (78), and career field goals percentage (.663),[8] and also participated on one Big Sky regular season championship team and two Big Sky tournament championship teams as well two NCAA Tournaments (2008 and 2009). He was twice named to the Big Sky All-Tournament team. As a senior, he averaged 10.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and shot a school-record .671 from the field.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 58 in
(1.95 m)
246 lb
(112 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
4.68 s 1.62 s 2.63 s 4.31 s 6.96 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
16 reps x
all from NFL Combine[10]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Thomas was selected in the fourth round with the 129th overall pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was the highest selected Portland State Viking since quarterback Neil Lomax was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980.[11] His rookie contract was four years and $2,420,000 through the 2014 season.[12] It included a $384,000 signing bonus.

2011 season[edit]

In his first NFL season, Thomas had only one catch as he battled various injuries. He appeared in five games on the season.[13] Thomas's lone catch, which came from quarterback Kyle Orton, came on September 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals.[14]

2012 season[edit]

Thomas did not record any statistics in the 2012 season. He only appeared in four games.[15]

2013 season[edit]

Thomas erupted onto the scene in the 2013 season. He scored his first and second career touchdowns in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens on September 5, 2013, having a five catch, 110-yard, two-touchdown breakout performance. Both of Thomas's touchdowns came from quarterback Peyton Manning.[16] He followed up this performance in Week 2 with a six-catch, 47-yard performance that ended with a game-sealing touchdown against the New York Giants.[17] In Week 3, he continued his scoring streak against the Oakland Raiders with three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown.[18] Thomas played his best game of the season in Week 5, catching nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a 51–48 shootout win against the Dallas Cowboys.[19] On October 13, he had four receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[20] On October 20, he had five receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.[21] On November 10, 2013, he had three receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers.[22] In Week 16, in a win over the Houston Texans, Thomas caught a touchdown from Peyton Manning, which was his 51st touchdown pass of the season, which set a single season record.[23]

Thomas ended the season with 12 touchdown receptions, the most by any Denver Broncos tight end.[24] Thomas and the Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII, where he had four receptions for 27 yards, but lost 43–8 to the Seattle Seahawks.[25]

2014 season[edit]

In the first game of the 2014 season, the Broncos hosted the Indianapolis Colts. During that game, Thomas caught three first-half touchdown passes from quarterback Peyton Manning, tying former Bronco Shannon Sharpe's franchise record for the most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season game. The Broncos went on to win the game by a score of 31-24.[26] In the next game, he had four receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.[27] In a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch in the following game, he had three receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown in a overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.[28] On October 5, he had six receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. His first score was Peyton Manning's 500th career touchdown pass.[29] Three days later, Thomas was fined $8,000 for a chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell.[30] On October 12, against the New York Jets, he had two receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns, which tied Calvin Johnson's record of nine touchdowns through the first five games of a season.[31][32] On November 2, he had two receptions for 33 yards and a touchdowns against the New England Patriots.[33] On November 9, he had six receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders.[34]

Although his numbers in receptions and yards dropped from the previous season, Thomas recorded 12 touchdowns for the second straight season.[35]

Thomas and the Broncos made the playoffs in the 2014 season. They fell to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round.[36]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

2015 season[edit]

On March 10, 2015, Thomas signed a five-year, $46 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[37]

In his first season without Peyton Manning, Thomas had a new quarterback in Blake Bortles. On October 18, Thomas had seven receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans.[38] On November 19, his five-yard touchdown catch was the game-winner in Jacksonville's 19-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans.[39] On November 29, he had nine receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers.[40] On December 6, he had two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown in another game against the Titans.[41] On December 13, he had five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.[42]

On the season, Thomas totaled 45 receptions for 455 yards and five touchdowns.[43]

2016 season[edit]

Thomas started his second season in Jacksonville with five receptions for 64 yards and a touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers on September 11.[44] On October 23, he had three receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders.[45] On October 27, he had three receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans.[46] On November 13, he had six receptions for 24 yards and a touchdowns against the Houston Texans.[47] He was placed on injured reserve on December 10, 2016 after missing two games with a back injury.[48]

In the 2016 season, Thomas played in nine games with six starts recording 30 receptions for 281 yards and four touchdowns.[49]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On March 9, 2017, the Jaguars traded Thomas to the Miami Dolphins, where he signed a new two-year contract.[50]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP REC YDs AVG LNG TDs
2011 DEN 5 1 5 5.0 5 0
2012 DEN 4 0 0 0.0 0 0
2013 DEN 14 65 788 12.1 74 12
2014 DEN 13 43 489 11.4 35 12
2015 JAX 12 46 455 9.9 34 5
2016 JAX 9 30 281 9.4 24 4
Total 57 185 2,018 10.9 74 33

Source:[51]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas is a Christian. Thomas has spoken about his faith, saying, "When you're going through tribulations and it's one thing after another, it's easier to doubt your faith. It's easier to doubt the Lord. I never allowed that to creep into my mind. I thought, 'God brought me here for a reason.'...What I've learned is that no matter what you're going through, God has a plan".[52]

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