The breakthrough season of imposing Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas hasn't gone unnoticed in Baltimore.
Ravens free safety Ed Reed has his eye on Thomas as preparation continues for Sunday's game against the Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium.
A fast 6-foot-3, 230-pound former first-round draft pick from Georgia Tech, Thomas has already caught a career-high 74 passes for 1,197 yards and eight touchdowns this season. His previous best was last season when Tim Tebow was the Broncos' quarterback and he hauled in 32 passes for 551 yards and four touchdowns.
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Thomas has emerged as a much more important figure in the Broncos' offense now that Peyton Manning is at the controls. Cary Williams will likely draw the assignment of covering Thomas.
"You have to be on him at all times whoever is covering that guy," said Reed, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year coming off a rough game during a 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. "You have to know where he's at and what he's doing. Demaryius is a playmaker, but, like I said, Peyton throws to everybody. It's not just him. I know one play sticks out just thinking about it.
"It was a play against Pittsburgh when Tebow was there, and he gave him the ball, and he just cruised past everybody, stiff-armed, running over them. He's a big body. It's like a tight end, but with wide receiver speed. You have to be real conscious of what he's doing."