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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dolphins signed Julius Thomas on recommendation from Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is still involved in the NFL — sort of.

The Miami Dolphins signed tight end Julius Thomas in part because of a recommendation from Manning, who played with him on the Denver Broncos.

Miami’s offensive coordinator, Clyde Christensen, served in the same role with Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and 2010. When the Dolphins looked at Thomas, Christensen reached out to Manning, who linked up with Thomas for 24 touchdowns in 2013 and 2014.

“That (Thomas) figured it out,” Christensen said of what Manning told him, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “(Thomas’) figure-it-out factor was high. That’s what you look for. There’s a guy who came in and probably didn’t know a whole bunch about football, or played very little. His experience was very minimal, and then (he) came in and figured it out and then worked. (Manning) talked a lot about (Thomas asking), ‘Would you stay out and help me with this? Take me through this. Would you watch a little tape with me? Would you explain what you want on this?’ And he still does the same thing. I’ll see him in (Head) Coach (Adam) Gase’s office and his questions are right. His questions and his process are right, which as a coach, (is what) you’re looking for.”

Maybe Manning has a future in a front office after all. If the addition of Thomas pays off, the Dolphins will certainly be grateful for Manning’s input.

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