Posted Sat Jul 31st by Ian Henson
And it’s a wrap!
All of the Denver Broncos rookies will be in camp tomorrow for the team’s first full squad practice.
Demaryius Thomas today signed a five year contract with the club worth a max value of $15.5 million (with escalators), $12.16 without, and a guarantee of $9.35 million.
Thomas comes to camp just in time to compete with veterans: Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, Brandon Lloyd, Kenny McKinley, Matthew Willis and fellow rookies Eric Decker, Patrick Honeycutt and Alric Arnett.
Thomas is expected to start immediately in the Broncos three receiver rotation and could even take a shot at becoming the number one starter if he’s able to pull off an upset in the training camp battle with Gaffney.
Just keep this in mind for future seasons, Thomas is guaranteed more money then Tebow, though with escalators Tebow’s contract is worth more.
Early Receiver Battles:
Though the starting line up is Thomas’s to lose (he figures to start either X or Z with Gaffney and Royal likely to take over the Y slot) he will have to hold off second year receiver McKinley and veteran Lloyd (who exploded in his two games playing last season). Lloyd followed quarterback Kyle Orton over last season from the Chicago Bears and the two had great chemistry in the absence of Brandon Marshall (due to suspension in week 17 in 2009).
Rookie Decker will likely take on Royal for the slot receiver position, but could also be tried in either the strong or weak side rotation often in camp. Second year player Matthew Willis has looked very good in mini camp and could also be a surprise member of the final 53 in Denver.