Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will probably hear from former Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Thomas and Johnson both played college football at Georgia Tech. During Johnson’s final season, 2006, Thomas was a redshirt freshman. Johnson is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, and finished his career by reaching an impressive mark, six consecutive seasons with at least 70 receptions (2010-2015).
Thomas, the younger ex-Georgia Tech star wide receiver, again followed in Johnson’s footsteps. On Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts, he became the first player to reach that mark since Johnson. Thomas, who had 5 catches for 69 yards Thursday, is also the first Broncos wide receiver to reach that consecutive-season mark since Rod Smith (1997-2005), via The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.
While that won’t make up for a tough 2017 season, it is a small victory that the Broncos can feel good about, along with a 25-13 victory over the Colts.
Losing is hard, and players such as wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. have been open about how unhappy they are with this season. However, a moment like Thursday night will be good for team moral as the season comes to a close.