In what is surely a sign of the coming apocalypse, the New York Jets have made a trade with the
Evil Empire New England Patriots. Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so I’m told, and the Jets are desperate for some wide receiver depth.
Demaryius Thomas is, in terms of a reference Jets fans will relate to, the receiver Stephen Hill was supposed to be, but never was. Thomas is now in his declining years, but he has a long and distinguished NFL resume’.
Thomas, a 6’ 3”, 225 pound receiver out of Georgia Tech University, was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 22nd selection of the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. Thomas was a classic height weight speed project who developed nicely. In his nine year NFL career Thomas has accumulated 688 receptions for 9330 yards and 62 touchdowns. Thomas is a four time Pro Bowl receiver who put up four straight 1300+ yard seasons from 2012 through 2015. Thomas will turn 32 years old on Christmas Day this year, and he is not the same player he once was. He became expendable for the Patriots when they signed Antonio Brown. Despite clearly being in decline, Thomas is still a far better option as the fourth Jets receiver than anyone on the Jets roster, and he just might push Quincy Enunwa out of the third wide receiver spot.
One interesting thing to come out of this trade is the willingness of both the Jets and the Patriots to make this trade. In past years such a trade never seemed remotely possible. What this portends as to the future relations between these two rival franchises remains to be seen.