He knows former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson retired at 30, and he’s seen other wide receivers lose a step as they reach their 30s.
Thomas is doing everything in his power to make sure that doesn’t happen to him. As he approaches his 31st birthday in December, he still has plenty he hopes to accomplish.
“It’s a change of my diet, the way I work out [and] take care of my body,” Thomas said. “I still remember the talk I had with [former Broncos safety] Brian Dawkins, and he was telling me the things that I should do and change up, because as you know, the first two years, I was injured. [I] talked to him and [former Broncos cornerback] Champ [Bailey], and they kind of helped me out and gave me the path and I took it and ran with it. Ever since then, I haven’t missed a game and don’t plan on missing one.”
Thomas has been an iron man on the Broncos roster since the end of his 2011 season. He’s started 90 straight games, even as he’s battled hip pain for much of the recent past, the story said. That pain is gone now and Thomas, and fantasy owners, could again expect the stats that tend to accompany a player of his caliber. Reunited with OC Mike McCoy and challenged by HC Vance Joseph, a healthy Thomas could be a focal point of the Broncos offense.
After the retirement of Calvin Johnson, the Lions made receiver Marvin Jones a priority in free agency because they believed Jones brought a lot to the table.
“I thought Marvin was a very good route runner,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn said shortly after signing Jones. “He’s not just a one-dimensional receiver. He can run vertical routes, he can run short routes, he can run intermediate routes. He’s got very good hands, so I think he’s a guy that can get open and catch the football.”
Getting open and catching the football is something we’ve seen a lot from Jones early and often so far in training camp. That’s especially been the case down the field both in one-on-one drills and in team portions of practice.
It’s still early in training camp, but Jones has already shown to have a nice repertoire of short, intermediate and deep playmaking ability the story said. Also important, he and Stafford seem to already be building a nice rapport.
Jul 28, 2016 · 2:22 PM EDT
The Bengals reported to Paul Brown Stadium Thursday and as five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green began his sixth training camp without offseason workout partner Calvin Johnson in the league, he says he’s one of a group of about five vying to replace Johnson as the NFL’s best wide receiver.
Green says he’s not surprised Johnson retired after just nine seasons in the league at age 30. After all, he told Green a couple of offseasons ago that he only had about two or three years left in him.
And there are other concerns. Green and wife Miranda are expecting their first child Sept. 30, a son named Easton Ace Green.
Green, who turns 28 Sunday, said he’d like to play anywhere between 11-15 seasons if he’s still performing at a top level, the story said.