DAVIE—Whether Julius Thomas can jump start his career with the Dolphins is one of the key storylines for the upcoming season. It’s as big of an unknown as Miami has right now, but he already seems to be a good fit.
Thomas came in after two dismal years in Jacksonville hoping to reunite with Adam Gase and reestablish himself as one of the NFL’s best pass-catching tight ends. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection when Gase was his offensive coordinator in Denver (and Peyton Manning was his quarterback), and he’s ecstatic to be back in this offense. He’s also been a welcome addition to the locker room.
“It’s not hard for him to fit in,” Gase said. “He’s going to fit in because he’s going to talk to everybody. He’s going to know everything about everybody. I think he’s just enjoying being back in this system. I’ve enjoyed it because it’s fun for me.
“I was with him when he was a rookie, watching him go through some really low moments in his career, and then I saw him at the highest of the high. To get him back and he’s a veteran, it’s been really fun to be around him again.”
At his best, Thomas offers a threat the Dolphins have rarely had in the passing game and certainly missed last year. Dion Sims, now in Chicago, led the position with 26 catches, 256 yards and four touchdowns.
Miami’s never had a tight end catch more than seven touchdowns in a season. When Thomas was with the Broncos in 2013 and ’14, he totaled 108 catches, 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns. He had nine touchdowns over the past two seasons with the Jaguars.
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