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Demaryius Thomas promises a better year “for sure”

Though many factors point to Demaryius Thomas improving this season Mike Florio points out that he is only half of the equation.

When you look at his raw numbers -- 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns -- Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas doesn’t appear to have had a bad season in 2015. But when you consider that those numbers represent a decline across the board from 2014, and you throw in his two lost fumbles and several costly drops, Thomas didn’t play like one of the NFL’s best receivers, which is what the Broncos are paying him to be.

This year, Thomas promises that things will change. Thomas said he’s both healthier now than he was last season and heading toward camp with a better mental focus.

“It’s just keeping a clear mind and going out and working hard to get prepared for this year to have a better year than I had last year,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t the best of years -- and the drops were one of the biggest reasons. But it happens. I’ll come out this year and for sure have a better year.”

The big question for the Broncos is whether they’ll have a better quarterback. The combination of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler did not play well last year, but there’s no guarantee that the winner of the Mark Sanchez-Trevor Siemian-Paxton Lynch quarterback competition will play better this year. A better quarterback may be the key to Thomas having a better year.