Friday July 17th, 2015

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas told reporters Thursday that he wants to break the NFL single-season receiving yards record this year.

The Broncos held a press conference for Thomas on Thursday to announce his new five-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth up to $70 million with $43.5 million guaranteed.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson currently holds the league record after accumulating 1,964 receiving yards in 2012. 

Thomas' best receiving year came last season when he caught 1,619 yards, good for 16th best all-time. That number was up from the 1,430 yards he recorded in 2013.

Thomas, 27, was asked whether he can break Johnson's record in Denver's new offense and said, “Lots of big plays to be made.”

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Adam Gase, the Broncos' offensive coordinator in 2014, left in January to take the same job with the Chicago Bears. Denver then hired Rick Dennison as its new offensive coordinator under new head coach Gary Kubiak.

- Molly Geary

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