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Demaryius Thomas had his best seasons working with Adam Gase but don’t expect a reunion with the Jets

February 12, 2019

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ impending release from the Texans has prompted inquiring minds to wonder whether new Jets head coach Adam Gase might take a flier on his former pupil.

Thomas, expected to be cut loose Tuesday, according to NFL Network, is still rehabbing a torn Achilles suffered less than two months ago. So, he won’t be signed by anyone anytime soon.

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But could Thomas ultimately resurface in green and white?

Demaryius Thomas is coming off a torn Achilles and at 31 is likely unable to recapture his glory days. (Adam Hunger / AP)

Gase was Thomas’ first position coach with the Broncos in 2010 before becoming his offensive coordinator. Thomas had his two best seasons with Gase calling plays in 2013 and 2014. The 6-3, 229-pound wideout had a pair of Pro Bowl campaigns that included career-highs in touchdowns (14) in 2013 and career-highs in catches (111) and receiving yards (1,619) in 2014.

The big difference: He was in his prime (26 and 27) during those terrific seasons.

Now, Thomas is a 31-year-old rehabbing a devastating injury.

The Jets definitely need to improve Sam Darnold’s supporting cast, but Thomas doesn’t make much sense given his age and current injury.

Perhaps Gase & Co. will bring Thomas, who has 688 career receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns, in later in the summer to check out his health in case of emergency. But the glory days are over.

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