Or, as he put it, one instrument in an orchestra, complementing the other instruments known as
“The production that those guys had last year and have had in their careers speaks for itself,” Thomas said in a conference call with South Florida writers Monday. “I’m excited to be able to be out there and get going with those guys. I think what I’ll bring to the offense is a little experience in what Gase likes to do. I’m definitely a guy that I think is going to help other guys.
“When you’re playing receiver and you’ve got those safeties flying around and trying to make plays, if you have a tight end that is able to stretch the field and keep those guys occupied a little bit, it creates some bigger windows, but most of all, I’m just looking to be an explosive offense. It’s going to be something that we expect to do is go out there and score points, to do the right thing and make sure that throughout the drives, we’re all where we’re supposed to be (and) everybody is kind of in concert.
“That’s a little bit of what this offense is about is understanding the whole scheme — and what everybody has to do — and then going out there and trying to get it done all together. To be like an orchestra, everybody has their role and what they need to do at different points. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Understandably, Thomas was asked what instrument he figures he’ll be in the Dolphins orchestra.
“I definitely understand the importance of the tight end in this offense from playing in it in Denver and the different things that (Gase) expected me to know and be able to execute,” Thomas said. “I’d say the tight end is a little bit like the bass drum — getting the ball and making a 5-yard catch on third down, needing to be called into protection based on maybe an exotic blitz you have coming up, being on a one-on-one outside, crossing the field. There are going to be so many different things that are going to be expected of me, and I just need to be consistent.”
Thomas, who was acquired last week from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2017 seventh-round pick, says he’s confident he can be a major factor in the Dolphins offense, much the way he was in the Denver offense in 2013 and 2014 when he earned Pro Bowl invitations with Gase as the Broncos offensive coordinator.
Thomas, however, doesn’t care to make statistical predictions.
“I definitely have high expectations for myself,” Thomas said. “As far as numbers, that fluctuates and I don’t really know how that’s going to go, but I definitely expect to go out there and help make big plays for this offense. Whatever aspect that I have to do — whether that’s picking up an extra block in the run game, pull someone on the back side, coming out of a speed route or making sure that I’m there open in the middle of the field for Ryan (Tannehill) — I really take pride in what I do and going out there and playing football and helping my team win. That’s probably the biggest thing that I expect to do is to just be an asset to the offense and do what I can to make this an explosive unit.”