Julius Thomas was one of the biggest offseason acquisitions of this past NFL free agency period and the Jacksonville Jaguars were hoping to see him make a huge impact immediately for them. Unfortunately, he has had to deal with a serious thumb injury that has kept him out through the first four games of the year. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Thomas is ready to play in Week 5 against the Buccaneers.
After missing first four games with thumb injury, Jacksonville TE Julius Thomas will make Jaguars' debut today; not expected to be limited.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2015
Hearing this news is huge for the Jaguars and second-year quarterback Blake Bortles. His return could completely change the offense and will give the offense a much needed security blanket for the passing game.
Last season with the Denver Broncos, Thomas was one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets. He caught 43 passes for 489 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. His numbers would have been even bigger had he been the top receiver on the roster like he will be with the Jaguars.
It will be very intriguing to see what kind of numbers he puts up in his Jaguars’ debut. Bortles needs to make sure to get him involved early and often in the game and allow Thomas to get adjusted to being on an NFL field once again. He may not has a massive performance today, but there is also a good chance that he could be one of the top tight ends in the league.
Jacksonville and Tampa Bay will kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET, so make sure to tune into the game to see Thomas make his debut with the Jaguars.