The rich get richer and the New England Patriots are getting their wide receivers back at the perfect time. On Tuesday, New England activated Demaryius Thomas from the physically unable to perform list per Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Thomas began training camp on the PUP list due to his recovery from a torn Achilles from the 2018 season. Along with Thomas, the team also activated Julian Edelman from the non-football injury list on Tuesday. And of course, Josh Gordon was reinstated by the NFL on Friday after being suspended indefinitely since last December.
Earlier this offseason, New England signed Thomas to a one-year deal for 2019. The veteran wideout was still working his way back from a season-ending injury from 2018 but the Patriots love bringing in experienced receivers.
Last year, Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans midway through the season. The 31-year old wideout never quite fit with the Texans with just 23 catches for 275 yards and two touchdowns in seven starts.
As everyone knows, before the Texans, Thomas was one of the NFL’s best receivers at one point in his career with the Denver Broncos. From 2012-2017, Thomas averaged 95 receptions, 1,303 yards, and nearly nine touchdowns per season.
Now, with the Patriots, the ex-Broncos wide receiver will be part of a seemingly deep group of pass-catchers. New England will need all the help they can get to replace the production of Rob Gronkowski; who retired earlier this offseason.
Entering his 20th season in the NFL, Tom Brady may have the deepest group of receivers that he has ever had in 2019.