Julius Thomas was given a shot at revitalizing his career this offseason when the Miami Dolphins traded for him, and the tight end can thank the man that helped him originally become a star: Peyton Manning.
Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, who spent nearly a decade with Manning in Indianapolis, called the five-time MVP to talk about Thomas before Miami decided to acquire him.
“(Manning) talked a lot about (Thomas, asking), ‘Would you stay out and help me with this? Take me through this,'” Christensen told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “‘Would you watch a little tape with me? Would you explain what you want on this?’ And he still does the same thing. I’ll see him in coach (Adam) Gase’s office and his questions are right. His questions and his process are right, which as a coach, (is what) you’re looking for.”
Manning helped Thomas excel, throwing him the ball often while the two were with the Denver Broncos, highlighted by his 24 touchdown catches from 2013-14. However, Thomas struggled upon joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015, and Christensen knows he’s no lock to return to form despite Manning’s vote of confidence.
“There’s no guarantee on any of them,” Christensen said. “It’s on film. I’ve seen it. Hearing Peyton talk about him and what he meant to the offense. Gase knows him inside out. Gase knows exactly what he’s getting and knows how to use him. (Gase) used him extremely well out there in Denver. I have great confidence that we will get that. It’s not a speculation. There’s some – as you like to say – empirical data. There’s data we can see, see him do it (and) see the things we need him to do. That always is encouraging.”
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