Reports: Texans acquire WR Thomas from Broncos

The Sports Xchange

October 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm.

The Houston Texans acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Denver Broncos, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

Per reports, the Broncos will receive a fourth-round draft pick from the Texans in addition to the teams exchanging seventh-round selections.

Ironically, Thomas and the Texans (5-3) will play the Broncos (3-5) in Denver on Sunday afternoon.

The addition of the five-time Pro Bowl selection comes on the heels of Houston seeing wide receiver Will Fuller tear the ACL in his right knee during Thursday’s 42-23 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Thomas, who was the longest tenured member of the Broncos, was second on the team in receptions (36) and receiving yards (402) and tied for the club lead in receiving touchdowns (three) this season. The 30-year-old has collected 665 catches for 9,055 yards and 60 scores in 125 career games since being selected by the Broncos with the 22nd overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said earlier on Tuesday that he has been keeping tabs on Thomas for a considerable amount of time.

“I’ve been watching him for a long time, since he was at Georgia Tech and since he’s been in the NFL,” O’Brien said of Thomas in a Tuesday conference call, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post. “Excellent athletic skills. Great hands. Really good route runner. Very smooth route runner. He’s a tough guy to defend.”

Rookie Courtland Sutton likely would be looked upon to step up in Denver. Sutton has 17 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns in 2018 for the Broncos.