Thomas is about a month behind Eric Decker because he was forced to wait until he had his pins removed from his pinky after undergoing offseason surgery.
“At times during practice, the timing has been balky between Manning and Thomas, and after Thomas rounded off multiple pass routes in the preseason, there remains lingering concern over the precision of his cuts.
“Still, Manning made every effort to incorporate Thomas into the passing game in the preseason. He targeted Thomas seven times—the same number of throws he aimed at Decker, Brandon Stokley and running back Lance Ball. Stokley and Ball are both ex-Colts who know Manning well,” wrote Mason.