Move past the visual of Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas celebrating a touchdown against the Denver Broncos by riding a football as though it was a bronco. Also move past the visual of Thomas taking a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustices to minorities.

Then ask Dolphins coach Adam Gase whether Thomas, one of Gase’s favorites, is having a good year.

“I see it differently than it seems like everybody else does,” said Gase, who believes Thomas hasn’t been a bigger factor because the Dolphins haven’t had favorable matchups.

“He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do.”

Thomas, the 29-year-old, seventh-year player, doesn’t seem to pass the eye test at first glance.

But he’s the Dolphins’ third-leading receiver with 37 receptions, one more than wide receiver DeVante Parker.

Thomas’ 362 yards receiving are fourth on the team, just 52 yards behind Parker.