Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas was activated from the PUP list on Tuesday. He's spent the offseason rehabbing last December's torn Achilles. The 31-year-old looked like a player in decline even before that injury, so we're not betting on him making much of an impact in 2019. Of course, Josh Gordon's return did nothing to help Thomas' chances.
The Patriots are placing WR Demaryius Thomas on the active/PUP list to begin training camp. That means he won't take part in on-field drills initially. It's no surprise, given that Thomas suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 16. We'll be curious to see how soon Thomas can make his way into camp workouts and whether he can avoid the regular-season PUP list. Landing on that would mean missing at least 6 games.
The Patriots have signed WR Demaryius Thomas to a 1-year deal that could be worth "up to" $6 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Thomas is currently rehabbing a torn Achilles suffered in late December that has his availability for the start of the 2019 campaign in doubt. He seemed to be in decline even before that injury, posting his fewest yards per game (45.1) since his rookie season. That said, this is just about the best landing spot Thomas could have hoped for. The Patriots have lost over 220 targets from last year and have just Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris sitting behind Julian Edelman on the WR depth chart. If Thomas can get healthy, he has a good shot of emerging as the #2 WR.
WR Demaryius Thomas is currently in custody in Colorado on vehicular assault charges. Pro Football Talk notes that Colorado defines vehicular assault as "driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol and causing serious bodily injury to another person." Thomas was involved in a 1-car accident on February 18 that reportedly caused serious injury to a female passenger. We'll see where this goes. Thomas was released by Houston a couple of weeks ago after his 2018 campaign ended with a torn Achilles.
The Texans have released WR Demaryius Thomas. It was a no-brainer move with Thomas set to make $14 million in 2019. Now 31 and coming off a torn Achilles, DT isn't worth nearly that much coin. He'll probably need to prove he's recovered from that injury before landing a job elsewhere. Houston has a young, talented WR trio in place in DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee.
Texans WR Demaryius Thomas will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left Achilles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a devastating injury for the 31-year-old and makes him questionable for the start of the 2019 campaign. It's also a big loss for a Texans team thin at WR. We'll see if they get rookie Keke Coutee (hamstring) back for Week 17. DeAndre Carter and Vyncint Smith are Houston's other WRs.
Texans WR Demaryius Thomas was carted to the locker room after suffering what appeared to be a right knee injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Eagles. This has the look of a serious injury. We'll update Thomas' status when we learn more.
Update: The team announced Thomas with an Achilles injury. If it's torn, he'll be done for the season.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Demaryius Thomas will continue to serve as Houston's clear #2 WR behind target hog DeAndre Hopkins.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Saturday's game against the Jets. It will be the 3rd straight missed game for the rookie. Demaryius Thomas will continue to serve as Houston’s #2 WR but is a weak fantasy play. He’s totaled just 16 targets over his last 3 games.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Texans WR Keke Coutee expects to sit out today's game against the Colts to rest his injured hamstring. "Only a great workout pregame would change that," according to Rapoport. Coutee's absence would raise the target floor for Texans WR Demaryius Thomas.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Browns. DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas will dominate targets.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, WR Demaryius Thomas will be in the starting lineup for the Texans today against the Broncos after his trade earlier in the week. That's no surprise, of course, given that Houston lost Will Fuller last week, won't have Keke Coutee available today and traded a draft pick for the veteran. But it confirms that Thomas can be used in fantasy lineups for Week 9. We'll see, though, how smoothly his transition goes. And the Denver matchup remains a negative spot for WR scoring.
The Broncos and Texans are close to finalizing a deal that will send WR Demaryius Thomas to Houston in exchange for a mid-round pick, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Texans need an outside WR to pair with DeAndre Hopkins after losing Will Fuller to a torn ACL. Thomas' best days are clearly behind him, but he's a veteran WR who will at least command some defensive attention. From a fantasy standpoint, he's no better than a WR3 the rest of the way. We wouldn't be surprised if rookie WR Keke Coutee out-targets Thomas going forward. The big winner here is WR Courtland Sutton, who becomes the clear #2 WR in Denver. He's been impressive with limited volume this year, averaging a big 19.1 yards per catch. Consider him a weekly WR3 with upside.
Update: The Texans are sending a 4th-round pick to Denver, and the teams will also swap 7th rounders.
The forecast for today's Rams-Broncos game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. It sounds like much of the snow will come before kickoff, though, and winds will be just 5-10 mph. We're not altering our projections for this game.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) returned to practice on Monday. He missed last weekend's preseason game, but the wrist is nothing to worry about. Thomas remains a nice value at his 4th-round ADP.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas missed Saturday's preseason game with a wrist injury. HC Vance Joseph called it a "sore wrist" and didn't seem overly concerned. We'll keep an eye on Thomas, but we're not moving him in the WR rankings right now.
The Broncos selected SMU WR Courtland Sutton with the 40th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Sutton certainly checks the size and athleticism boxes. He measured 6’3, 218 pounds and registered a 94th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He was particularly impressive in the agility drills, which matches the tape. Sutton is extremely quick and agile for a man of his size. He’s coming off back-to-back 1,000+ yard, 10+ TD campaigns — although it’s worth noting that LSU transfer Trey Quinn finished with more targets, catches, yards and TDs this past year. Sutton isn’t a finished product — his route running needs work and he should be better in contested situations — but that frame and athleticism give him 1 of the highest ceilings in this WR class. Sutton is blocked by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders for now and doesn’t project to have much 2018 fantasy value. But Thomas will be 31 in December and Sanders turned 31 this past March. Both guys are also cuttable next offseason with less than $3 million in dead money.
The Broncos have fired OC Mike McCoy. Someone had to take the fall with Denver sitting 24th in points per game. Of course, the QB play has been a much bigger issue than the play-calling. McCoy will be replaced by QB coach Bill Musgrave. He helped the Raiders to top-7 finishes in yards and points last year -- but he obviously had much more talent at his disposal. Don't expect a significant turnaround for this Denver offense.
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