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    "I ain't no superstar," the star said.

    Humble and honest, hungry and homed in, Demaryius Thomas knows that superstars aren't Pro Bowl alternates, they're Pro Bowlers.

    The Broncos receiver is a star, sure, after he hauled in 94 passes last season and finished fourth in the NFL with 1,434 receiving yards. And, this statistic pops off the page: He was second in the league with 18 receptions of 25 or more yards. But is he a superstar? Can you be a superstar if you're (arguably) the fifth-best player on your own team? Can you be a superstar if casual fans forget the Y in your first name? There's no doubting Thomas that he's trying to get the word "super" in his name, but he'll take "Super Bowl champ Demaryius Thomas" over "superstar."

    So, he's embracing weight loss, cardio and becoming a leader at age 25 — and hopefully, he believes, one super will lead to the other.

    After Monday's practice, Thomas was spotted helping young receiver Gerell Robinson with his technique.

    "He's catching the ball too early, and he had never heard of anything like that," Thomas said, explaining that prematurely putting your hands up alerts the defender.

    As they walked off the practice field, the no-name receiver said aloud of the big-name receiver, "Welcome to the life, the life of the superstar."

    "I ain't no superstar," Thomas said, within earshot of me.

    "What do you have to accomplish to be one?" I asked D.T., "if what you did last year doesn't make you one?"

    "I don't know. I guess go out there and put up the same numbers. My main thing is winning the Super Bowl, but if people call me a superstar, I'll let them call me, but I don't think I am. I just had one great year. ... I think I need to get in better shape. That's what I'm doing. I just want to be on the field as much as I can, so the better shape I'm in, the more I can (play)."

    That's why, after Monday's practice, he was the only offensive player to
    talk during training camp Saturday at Dove Valley. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
    voluntarily join the defense in postpractice sprints. Maybe he's a little out of shape? Still, he's getting his body and mind right in August, because you can't play catch-up in September. He's losing weight, too — down to 225 pounds from 232 last season (and he wants to get to 220 to 222).

    "I notice if I have a day off (in camp), I'll get tired and be sloppy in my routes and drop a pass here and there," Thomas said. "So, I feel like the better shape I'm in, I can concentrate more. It's all about concentration when you're tired. My mind was somewhere else, and I had a couple drops."

    Perhaps the other Denver stars will make him a superstar. Peyton Manning seems to make everyone around him better, from the linemen finishing out each block to the cooks preparing each salmon. And the quarterback's arm, Thomas said, is even stronger this August compared to last.

    And then there's the addition of Wes Welker.

    "This is big for everyone on offense, because if any team thought about doubling anyone, they've got to change their game plan now," Thomas said. "You've got Welker, tight ends, me and (Eric) Decker, running backs out of the backfield, so it's going to be hard."

    A guy who flirted with 100 catches now facing single coverage? Not a bad situation for a star trying to become a super one.

    So yeah, if there's a debate that a guy's a superstar, he's not a superstar. Superstar is unequivocal.

    But talk to me in February

    http://www.denverpost.com/hochman/ci...than-status-at.
    Love DT. Such a young and humble guy. He knows his roots and where he came from. I'm very excited to see him again this season.

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    He's awesome. Our FO better make sure he stays here his whole career. Reminds me a lot of Rod Smith.
    :lombardi:2019 Adopt-A-Bronco: Dr. Dre'Mont Jones
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    • #3
      Pay the man...
      What's the difference between ignorance and apathy?
      I don't know and I don't care

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      • #4
        The exact reason why we drafted him over Bryant...plus his ceiling is a bit higher

        This is why DT is my favorite player on O

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        • #5
          Originally posted by #24 Next Champ View Post
          The exact reason why we drafted him over Bryant...plus his ceiling is a bit higher

          This is why DT is my favorite player on O
          Exactly! I love how sports media every season always talk about how Dez is gonna be great while DT is silently becoming legendary. Not a WR in the league I would rather have. Because as I see it, they weren't good enough to be Broncos!!!!!!
          #swapping

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          • #6
            Originally posted by flosstein View Post
            Not a WR in the league I would rather have. Because as I see it, they weren't good enough to be Broncos!!!!!!
            Don't know about that. If they offer me Calvin Johnson, I wouldn't say no. But outside of him, I agree.

            What I like most about the kid is that he wants to win a Super Bowl, he doesn't care about 1,000+ yards, or 100+ catches. He doesn't care about individual records, he cares about winning as a team, because after all, team success always brings individual success.

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            • #7
              http://bcove.me/jiqac0ow
              Last edited by DFence; 09-04-2013, 07:11 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
                He's awesome. Our FO better make sure he stays here his whole career. Reminds me a lot of Rod Smith.
                100% agree. We need our own Fitzgerald, Megatron, Johnson guy. A guy that just works and is a lifetime player.

                DT can be that guy and I hope the FO recognizes that and makes him a Bronco for life.
                LET 'ER BUCK!!!
                Adopted by: Peanut, Chazoe60, CanDB, RealBronco and JakeNbake

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                • #9
                  He should get some "wings."

                  Extra spicy wings!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
                    He's awesome. Our FO better make sure he stays here his whole career. Reminds me a lot of Rod Smith.
                    Exactly, he's got a humble no nonsense attitude unlike some of the Diva's in the NFL these days! I love this kid!
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                    • #11
                      I hope it stays this way even after Peyton brings us some Lombardi trophies. Kid's good, the sky is his potential

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