Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
1 day ago

Thomas caught four of six passing attempts for 48 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to Indianapolis.

EDGE Analysis

The effort marks Thomas' second-best since coming to Houston from Denver prior to Week 9. Since then, he has not exceeded 61 yards or four catches in any game. The 30-year-old will be a touchdown-dependent play on the road Week 15 against the Jets.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
1 week ago

Thomas caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas finished as part of a three-way tie for second on the team in receiving yards behind DeAndre Hopkins' 91. Though Thomas did catch a pair of touchdowns last week, he's averaging just 32.8 yards through his first four games in a Texans uniform. Owners relying on Thomas in Week 14 against the Colts will likely need a touchdown to get satisfactory output from the big-bodied receiver.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
2 weeks ago

Thomas caught four of five targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 34-17 win over the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas was a focus of coach Bill O'Brien in advance of Monday's contest, and his two touchdowns evidence O'Brien's improved job at getting him involved in the offense. Following just three catches in his first two games as a Texan, Thomas opened Houston's scoring with a 12-yard reception in the first quarter, then closed the game with a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth. In doing so, he provided a nice option opposite DeAndre Hopkins, whose six targets led the team. In Week 13, Thomas and company will host the Browns.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
3 weeks ago

Coach Bill O'Brien said he needs to do a better job of getting Thomas more involved in the offense, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

After a Week 11 win over Washington, when Thomas was targeted once (no catches), O'Brien was ready to take the blame for the wide receiver's limited involvement. "Yeah, it's not Demaryius," the coach said. "I have to do a better job of getting him more involved. He's working hard, he's a good pro and we need to do a better job of getting him the ball a little more." Quarterback Deshaun Watson had Thomas' back as well, telling reporters that Houston's midseason addition is approaching the level of playbook knowledge he needs. It's been three-plus weeks since the Texans acquired Thomas, and from the sounds his coach and quarterback, we expect progress Week 12 against the Titans on Monday.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
3 weeks ago

Thomas failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Redskins.

EDGE Analysis

So much for an extended role. DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee (hamstring) remain the wide receivers to own ahead of Houston's Week 12 meeting with the Titans, as Thomas is still adjusting to his new surroundings after coming over from Denver in a trade.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
4 weeks ago

Thomas will be more involved in the offense this coming Sunday against the Redskins, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas made his Houston debut in Week 9, when he caught three passes for 61 yards -- all in the first quarter -- but plans are afoot to expand his role and target him all four quarters. The veteran wideout used the Week 10 bye to absorb more of the Texans' playbook, something coach Bill O'Brien made notice of during this week's first practice session. "Get out there today, have a lot of plays we ran in practice today, [Thomas] knew where to line up, change his position, change his identity by personnel, knew what to do," O'Brien said. "I think we're going to make a lot of strides with him from week to week." Week 11 presents a favorable matchup for Thomas, who will line up against a Washington defense that ranks 25th against the pass (270.1 YPG) and 30th against opposing wide receivers (192.4 YPG).

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
1 month ago

Thomas and the Texans are using their Week 10 bye as an opportunity to expose the wide receiver to a fuller version of the offensive playbook, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas was essentially taught Houston's game plan for Denver in Week 9, when he made his Texans debut and played 79 percent of the offensive snaps. He caught all three of his targets for 61 yards. "Now, we can kind of take a step back and really go back into what we call the basic information, teach him the formations, teach him the routes. He's a really good pro and he's going to do a great job of learning," said coach Bill O'Brien. The Texans resume play Week 11 on the road against Washington's 20th-ranked pass defense, which was shredded for 491 total yards and five touchdowns in a Week 9 loss to Atlanta.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
1 month ago

Thomas caught all three of his targets, totaling 61 yards during Sunday's 19-17 road win over Denver.

EDGE Analysis

Facing his ex-team of nine years within a week of being traded away, Thomas hauled in three first-quarter receptions, but failed to garner a single target the remainder of the way. A notable upgrade at quarterback from Case Keenum to Deshaun Watson may push Thomas from WR3 territory into a high-end flex consideration. Houston ranked top-8 in terms of passing yards per attempt entering Week 9 (compared to Denver's 18th-ranked air attack), meaning Thomas may exceed the 50.3 yards per game average he established in eight games as a Bronco this season. Following a Week 10 bye to gain a greater grasp of the offensive playbook, Thomas and the Texans take on the Redskins top-15 pass defense Nov. 18 at FedEx Field.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
1 month ago

Thomas could be in line for significant playing time after Houston declared Keke Coutee (hamstring) out for Sunday's game in Denver.

EDGE Analysis

Coutee did not travel with the team, leaving the Texans without two of its significant targets at wide receiver -- Will Fuller (knee, IR) being the other. Whether or not Thomas has command of the full playbook, it appears he'll get a heavy dose of snaps, which could potentially lead to a good deal of targets. Head coach Bill O'Brien previously downplayed Thomas' learning curve, citing the nine-year veteran's extensive experience within offensive systems in the NFL.

Demaryius Thomas
WR HOU (10)
1 month ago1 Comment

Thomas will start Sunday against the Broncos, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's been whirlwind week for Thomas who was traded by the Broncos to the Texans on Tuesday, then took a crash course in his new team's playbook. Physically, Thomas is in shape to play a full complement of snaps, but the question is how much of the playbook has he retained. Thankfully, he played under former Denver coach Josh McDaniels using a similar system to that of Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, who worked together with McDaniels in New England. "I notice some of the wording, some of the formations," Thomas said. "That helps me out a lot." Expectations should be set to moderate for his first week in a Houston uniform, particularly against a defense that's been effective defending the pass. However, as Thomas gains greater knowledge of the playbook, fosters chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson and has DeAndre Hopkins opposite him occupying double-team coverage, Thomas could start producing like the four-time Pro Bowl selection he is.