Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) sits out vs. Bears

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) during the first day of training camp at Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on July 28.Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas: “I need to be better. I want to be better. I know I can be better."

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is nursing a sore wrist to go along with a potential bruised ego.

After both coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway said that Thomas needs to be better following the 2017 season, Thomas sat out Saturdays preseason game against the Chicago Bears with a wrist injury.

Hes got a sore wrist, Joseph said following the game. It happened in practice I think on Thursday and he couldnt go tonight.

Joseph had much stronger words for Thomas earlier in the week, saying that the Broncos longest-tenured player needs to be better in 2017.

D.T. hes got to be that Pro Bowl wide receiver for us, Joseph said. He knows it, weve talked about it, and we expect big things.

Thomas agreed with the assessment in regard to the Broncos 5-11 season in 2017.

I do agree, the 30-year-old Thomas said. I need to be better. I want to be better. I know I can be better. You cant be afraid to say none of that as a player, you got to look at it and he honest. I can be better.

Thomas finished with 83 catches for 949 yards and five touchdowns while playing with three quarterbacks last season. His reception and yardage totals were his fewest since 2011.