The Houston Texans had acquired Demaryius Thomas in a trade with the Denver Broncos last October, and he appeared in seven games for Houston before tearing his left Achilles in a Week 16 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots enter the 2019 National Football League season without star tight end Rob Gronkowski - meaning more targets for the wide receivers.
Thomas trails only Broncos legend Rod Smith in the franchise's all-time ranks for the receiving yards (9,055) and touchdown catches (60).
Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on prior to Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
"It's going to be a great challenge, but I think I'm ready for it", Brady says in the call. In February, Thomas was involved in a one-vehicle auto accident in which two of his passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Thomas, 31, is a veteran of nine National Football League seasons with the Denver Broncos (2010-18) and the Houston Texans (2018).
His career got off to a slow start, as he tallied 283 and 551 yards in his first two seasons, respectively, but once Peyton Manning arrived in Denver, Thomas took off, as he broke out by catching 94 passes for 1,434 yards and 10 scores in 2012 en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. His 665 catches rank third in team history behind Smith and Shannon Sharpe.