Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Once apart of the record-breaking Denver Broncos offense, Julius Thomas now lands with the Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars. From a fantasy perspective, he’s worth avoiding.
Thomas is a talented tight end, there is no question. And with a lack of depth at the position, he’s not the worst player to have on your roster. Having said that, the round he’s likely to be taken in, he’s probably not worth the pick.
Missing three games, Thomas caught 43 passes for 489 yards and 12 scores last season. He averaged better than a touchdown every four receptions, but don’t expect this trait to continue in Jacksonville.
Bortles struggled in his rookie campaign and was sacked a league-high 55 times. It’s likely we will be seeing him hand the football off to rookie T.J. Yeldon and Toby Gerhart more often in 2015.
Thomas is currently out with a hand injury and will miss the remainder of preseason. The Jaguars are hopeful he will return for Week 1 of the regular season, although whether this happens is yet to be determined.
Julius Thomas is a tempting pick, for sure, after playing a key role in the Denver offense the past few years. But now in Jacksonville, he has bust potential.