The Broncos will be starting second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch in their season finale Sunday vs the Chiefs. Receiver Demaryius Thomas isn’t sure how much things will change with Lynch under center, but says that everyone just has to take care of their assignments.
“You never know. We’ll probably do different things. The main thing is that we have to start up front, basically, making everybody do their job. Everybody has to do their job to the best of their ability. Then, we’ll go from there. I can’t say how we’re going to look. It’s been 15 games with ups and downs. The main thing that we have to start with, from the offensive line to the running backs to receivers; everybody does their job and let Paxton control the rest.”
Thomas is aiming for his sixth 1,000-yard season in his career, and with the team out of the playoff picture, there isn’t really anything else to play for besides personal stats and chemistry. “I’m at the point now where I need 108 yards to get 1,000. That should explain it all, right there (laughing). It’s been a roller-coaster with injuries of course and coaching and head people decision. It’s been a roller-coaster. Like I said, 108 more yards to have 1,000; to have six, 1,000-yard seasons each year.”
The fact that Thomas is close to 1,000 yards receiving on the season is quite an accomplishment because of the fact that he’s had to do it while catching passes from three different quarterbacks. No one on offense has truly had the proper chemistry with one quarterback due to the constant changes. Although there isn’t much to play for this year, Thomas says that the personal stat makes him “feel better as a person. We all have work to do, but being able to come out and do that with three different quarterbacks they started both times, it says a lot about a person. I feel good.”
Running back C.J. Anderson is also nearing the 1,000 yard mark, but on the ground. Thomas supports Anderson’s attempt at the feat. “I am. If he does it, he does it. At the end of the day, he gets his and we win the game, that’s all that really matters. I would love to have my 1,000, but I’ll come back stronger next year.”
Thomas turned 30 years old last week but he acknowledged that he doesn’t feel that old. He feels good for his age, despite being banged up in his career, as every player is at one point or another. “I don’t even know how old I am. I feel like I’m 20-something (laughing). I’m young. I still got the juice, baby. Can’t act like it didn’t happen, but as long as you got the juice, 30 is the new 20 and 50 is the new 30.”
Despite the fact that Thomas is getting older, he still has some good (and hopefully great) years ahead of him. After Sunday’s game, he and his teammates will turn the page to the 2018 season and aim to make the playoffs for the first time since their Super Bowl season.