Sutton, who is fifth on the team in receptions (17), third in yards receiving (324) to go with a touchdown, has averaged 47 snaps per game this season while Thomas has averaged 51 per game and Sanders has averaged 58 snaps a game.
Thomas, a nine-year National Football League veteran, five-time Pro Bowl selection (2012-16) and former Super Bowl Champion (50), has played in 125 games (111 starts) and 10 postseason contests in his career (2010-18).
This Sunday's game should be fun for the fact Thomas is facing his former team for the first time in his first game with the Texans.
The Texans are also one of the few teams that can afford to take on Thomas' salary despite his gradual decline.
He had five consecutive years of 1,000-plus yards receiving between 2012-16, and just missed that milestone last season with 949 yards. Houston's interest in Thomas no doubt picked up with both their recent surge to the top of the AFC South standings, and the loss of starting wide receiver Will Fuller for the year.
Thomas is signed through next season, but has a base salary of $14 million, which would have been interesting if he would have came to New England. Certainly, the timing is wild of this trade with those two battling head-to-head this Sunday at 2 p.m. MT. And sitting at 3-5 at the season's halfway point, Elway said the time is now. Seeing NFL teams, from real contenders like the Rams and Eagles to aspiring contenders like the Texans and Redskins, making deals is pretty damn cool. But by moving Thomas, at the very least you'll free up roster space for younger players, he said.