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This meant that, unlike fellow receiver Eric Decker, he was unable to participate in workouts with Manning.
Thomas, however, made an effort to improve his route-running and quickly caught up.
In 2007, he saw action in all 13 games including 10 starts, and recorded 35 receptions for 558 yards, which ranked second on the team behind Greg Smith.
He played college football at Georgia Tech, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
This was also the second most catches by a rookie in franchise history.
The highlight of Thomas's season came when he beat All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for a touchdown when the Broncos hosted the New York Jets on October 17, 2010.
Thomas broke his foot and was unable to participate in combine drills.
He scored second highest among wide receivers with 34 on the Wonderlic test, second only to friend, fellow wide receiver, and future teammate Eric Decker, who had the highest score in the Combine with 43.