Beadles, Thomas late additions to AFC Pro Bowl roster
Demaryius Thomas catches a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning on Sep. 17, 2012. (Photo: Bleacher Report)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Though their ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl will go unrealized this season, Zane Beadles and Demaryius Thomas got a nice consolation prize Monday, when they were both named to their first respective Pro Bowls.
Both Beadles, a guard, and Thomas, a wide receiver, had been named alternates to the AFC roster when the teams were chosen in December. Thomas replaces Wes Welker and Beadles replaces Logan Mankins, members of the New England Patriots who withdrew from the exhibition game due to injuries.
Beadles started all 16 games for the Broncos at left guard, becoming the only player on either side of the ball to play every snap for the team this year. The third-year player allowed just one sack on the season and becomes the third offensive guard in team history to be selected for the Pro Bowl.
Thomas finished fourth in the NFL with 1,434 receiving yards on 94 catches this season. He also added 10 touchdown receptions in becoming the ninth Bronco receiver to get a Pro Bowl nod.
The Broncos will have seven total players suiting up for the AFC, with Champ Bailey, Ryan Clady, Elvis Dumerivl, Peyton Manning and Von Miller heading to Hawaii for the festivities this coming weekend, as well.