Patriots bring on veteran WR Thomas


The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, the club announced. There's no guarantee Thomas will be ready for Week 1 - or that he'll return to anything resembling his pre-2018 form once he's recovered - but he is progressing well in his rehab, according to NFL Media's James Palmer.

The Broncos traded Thomas to Houston just before the trade deadline last season but he played in just three games for the Texans before the season-ending injury in Week 16. The wideout was drafted by McDaniels and played for him in Denver in 2010.

During his brief stint in Houston, he caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. His career-high for touchdowns in a season is 14, which he did in 2013 in Denver. He was selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls while with the Broncos and helped the team to two Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl 50. It's fair to wonder what the 31-year-old has left after tearing his Achillies just four months ago.

A former first-round pick, Thomas spent his first eight-plus National Football League seasons with the Broncos, including a stint under former Denver head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

The Patriots certainly had a serious need for a veteran pass-catcher, with Thomas now Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington, Maurice Harris, Demoun Patterson and Braxton Berrios on the New England depth chart. Josh Gordon also could factor into the equation if his indefinite suspension is lifted.

Fast forward a couple seasons and the one-year deal the team agreed upon to add Thomas to a mostly unproven wide receiver group doesn't seem so exciting to most fans.