JERSEY CITY - Demaryius Thomas is more concerned with conserving energy than flapping his gums.
The soft-spoken Broncos wide receiver always has preferred to keep a low profile, especially in front of the camera. On the field is where he speaks the loudest -- through his playmaking ability, not his mouth.
"I play football, I don't really talk,'' he said in a low voice.
For several minutes aboard the Cornucopia Majesty ship Monday, reporters tried to get Thomas talking about the antics of Richard Sherman, the Seahawks' outspoken cornerback.
When asked if there's a part of him that wants to shut up Sherman on Sunday during Super Bowl XLVIII, Thomas replied: "I ain't going to say shut him up, but I'm going to try to go out there and make some plays so I won't have anybody coming to me saying you got shut down by Sherman.''
In many ways, the 6-3, 230-pound Thomas is the anti-Sherman -- a little shy, and above all else, comfortable with letting his play speak for itself. The fourth-year pro had 92 catches, 14 for touchdowns, second to the Saints' Jimmy Graham (16).
Like many of his teammates, Thomas had nothing but good things to say about Sherman. He praised the 6-3, 195-pound Stanford graduate's physicality and noted that he almost always is "in the right spot.''
"I'm sure he studies a lot and of course he's talented,'' said Thomas, whom Sherman recently called a top-five receiver. "I don't know if he's thinking and I don't know if it's talent, but he's always around the ball.''
Although Thomas stressed that he has the utmost respect for Sherman, he pointed out that he isn't perfect.
"I kind of think everybody's got a weakness,'' Thomas said. "But you're going to have to stay on your P's and Q's, 'cause he is great.''
Although most of Monday's questions centered on Sherman, Thomas said he isn't even sure the two will be matched up against one another. But if they are, don't expect a war of words to play out on the field at MetLife Stadium.
"It's not about being boasty and making sure everybody knows you're making plays,'' Thomas said. "It's about trying to help the team out and win. So that's my main thing: going out and doing my job and not having any problems.''
Sherman dominated the headlines last week for his on-field antics -- namely, the choking gesture at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- and his rant directed at receiver Michael Crabtree after the NFC Championship Game. But when questioned about trash-talking in the NFL, Thomas had some advice for young kids.
"Basically, just walk away,'' he said. "There ain't nothing but trouble. It's a penalty, something you don't need for your team, or somebody can get hurt. So my main thing is, when that happens, you grab your teammates, walk away and play the next play.
"I understand some guys do it, but I think it's pointless. I'm trying to keep my breath the whole time. I think the boasting just makes you tired. I just want to play football.''
So exactly how does he expect to exploit Sherman's weaknesses?
Thomas laughed and said: "You'll have to see on Sunday.''