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Fourth-Round Pick TE Julius Thomas Could Be Catching Some Passes His Rookie Year

With blocking tight ends Richard Quinn and Dan Gronkowski ahead of him on the Broncos depth chart, 2011 fourth-round pick Julius Thomas could be asked to catch some passes as a rookie, writes Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

“Definitely good news for me,” Thomas said. “It’s something I’m used to, though. I was on the fast track my last year in college. I know I have a long way to go, though. That’s why I called Brady (Quinn).”

The 6-foot-5, 246-pound Thomas played basketball his first four years at Portland State before moving to the gridiron in 2010. Thomas caught 29 passes for 436 yards and two touchdowns for the Pirates last season, earning first-team All-Big Sky honors.

According to Klis, Thomas feared falling behind his teammates, and reached out to Quinn, who is putting him up in his house and teaching him parts of the Broncos’ playbook.

“He’s going to have a quick learning curve,” Quinn said of Thomas. “We were going over the plays at the house this morning and you saw his ability out there today. I don’t think Antonio Gates took a long time, so I think you’ll see Julius play right away.”

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