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Demaryius Thomas trying to focus on the little things

Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7: Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos fumbles the ball under the pressure of Sterling Moore #29 of the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Even though Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is among the best receivers in the league based on recent stats, he’s still being treated like an unproven one.

Thomas is walking around the Broncos facility with a slip-covered football bearing the initials M and M. Those are for receivers coach Tyke Tolbert’s daughters Madison and Morgan, sending a simple message.

I’ve got to treat this like the precious things that they are,” Thomas said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

Thomas has fumbled three times this season, the kind of big mistake that can undo a lot of the good work he’s done otherwise.

Over his last 12 games, going back to last season, Thomas has 65 catches for 1,258 yards. His 513 yards this year are second in the league, and he leads the league with 11 catches of 20 yards or longer.

But he also leads all receivers with those three fumbles, which has him carrying around his latest accessory.

“I agree with that big time,” Thomas said when reminded of how close the Broncos are to having a better record. “It’s the little things that would take us from 2-3 to 4-1 or maybe 5-0.”

Little things like holding onto the ball, and capitalizing on chances.