Demaryius Thomas on becoming Peyton Manning’s top receiver: “I had to step up and be a leader”

He’s Peyton Manning's go to guy, and his ceiling is unlimited with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time feeding him the ball.

Demaryius Thomas has hit the wide receiver lotto, having Manning as a personal receivers coach. Thomas has burst on the scene in 2012, and is 5th in the NFL in receiving, catching 74 passes for 1,197 yards and 8 touchdowns. As the 10-3 Denver Broncos march towards the playoffs, Thomas has become a big part of the reason why.

The third year receiver has earned the status of being called a veteran.  Thomas spoke to KKFN in Denver with Drew and Scott about his learning experience has gone this year.

“A lot has happened over the past year or whatever — the switch of quarterbacks, I have been healthy. I’ve been looking at the game different.

I’ve matured a lot, because I think one of the things that has mainly helped me do it is getting more involved with my coach and watching film and seeing what defenses do. I feel like those made me mature in my game. I feel like I had to step up and be a leader, so I gotta mature.”

“I want to be recognized as the best from all the great receivers in the league. If you can put yourself up there, you are real elite.

I am going to keep working on my game and just try to get myself to be the best and not be one of the guys who says, ‘He was good, but he could have worked on things.’ I want to be the best in the game. That’s why I played this sport. I love it and I want to be the best at what I do.”

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