Dolphins coach Adam Gase expects TE Julius Thomas to cause similar matchup problems with Miami like he did in Denver in 2013 and 2014.
According to Gase, the Dolphins were seeing a lot of base defenses when they went with three wide receivers and one tight end. Essentially, opponents didn't fear Miami's tight ends enough and were willing to cover them with linebackers, and the statistics bear that out.
The Dolphins did not get nearly enough production out of the tight end position last season due to injuries and inconsistency. Last year’s starters -- Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims -- combined for just 34 receptions for 316 yards and five touchdowns.
Thomas knows the system well and shouldn’t have a big learning curve, the story said. Gase also knows how to get the best out of Thomas and will put together a productive route tree and efficient ways to use the tight end.
Thomas is reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, in Miami. While in Denver, Thomas averaged 4.2 catches for 49 yards and 0.92 TD (14.6 PPR fantasy points) in 26 games under Gase. Since then, he has averaged 3.6 catches for 35 yards and 0.43 TD (9.7 PPR fantasy points) in 21 games. Injuries have been an issue, but Thomas is entering his age-29 season and is a major threat in the red zone.
Injuries have been the biggest issue for Jags TE Julius Thomas, who was placed on injured reserve Saturday. He missed the first four games last season because of a fractured bone in his hand and it took a while for him to get involved in the offense when he did return. He finished with 46 catches -- the second-highest total of his career -- but his yardage was way down (455 yards, the lowest of his career in which he played more than five games) and so were his TDs (five).
The story went on to say Thomas may have played his last game for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team certainly hasn’t gotten what they’d hoped out of Thomas when they signed him to a five-year contract worth $46 million with $24 million guaranteed in March 2015. It’s partly due to injury and also because of erratic quarterback play by Blake Bortles, but Thomas has 76 catches for 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons. The story added a new GM and/or coach may want to move on from Thomas, especially if they like what they see from young tight ends Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling over this season’s final month.
Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:41pm
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back) missed practice again Thursday. Thomas was out last week as well. His Week 13 is not off to a good start, which is a shame since he’d likely play a ton of snaps with Mercedes Lewis out for the year.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back) did not practice Wednesday. Thomas was out last week as well. His Week 13 is not off to a good start, which is a shame since he’d likely play a ton of snaps with Mercedes Lewis out for the year.
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm
Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Thomas is out. It’s a shame, since he’d probably play heavy snaps with Marcedes Lewis done for the year. Ben Koyack is likely to see the most snaps at tight end.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday. Thomas was removed from the injury report and will play in Week 9. He’s been compensating with low yardage totals (no more than 28 yards receiving in his last four games) with a touchdown in each of the last two games.
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:12pm
Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Thomas played through the injury last week and we expect him to play in Week 9 after a few extra days of rest.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:39pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
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