Will Demaryius Thomas make the team in New England?

Will Demaryius Thomas make the team in New England?


Will Demaryius Thomas make the team in New England?

Posted by Mike Florio on April 17, 2019, 10:03 AM EDT

Although a reunion between receiver Demaryius Thomas and former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has seemed to be inevitable for a while now, the official arrival of Thomas in New England raises a fair question as to the 31-year-old’s role with the Patriots: Will he make the final 53-man roster?

Apart from the fact that Thomas continues to recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in late December, his production has fallen off in the past two years. And even though he’s schooled in McDaniels’ offense, there’s a different between the way McDaniels draws up plays and The Patriot Way.

The impression created by the transaction is that Thomas instantly will be a valued member of the team. After all, a quick glance at Twitter shows that he’s making $6 million for one year. Look more closely, however. The reports are that he’ll earn “up to” $6 million; per Field Yates of ESPN.com, the base value of the deal is a mere $1.35 million, with the balance coming from incentives and bonuses that he may or may not earn.

For now, Thomas becomes the eighth receiver on the roster (that number includes special-teamer Matthew Slater, who hasn’t caught a pass since 2011). By next weekend, the Patriots could have more on the roster, from draft picks to in-draft trades (that’s how they got Randy Moss in 2007) to the land rush for undrafted free agents.

By September, there’s a chance Thomas won’t even be on the roster. Chris Simms pegged it as a 50-50 proposition during Wednesday’s PFT Live; given the experiences of veteran receivers like Eric Decker, Reggie Wayne, and Chad Johnson in New England, that may actually be a little high.

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April 17, 2019 at 07:06AM


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