Shaq Thompson
Shaq Thompson
25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Carolina Panthers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It seems absurd that the Panthers selected Thompson in the first round in 2015 just to be a part-time player, but that's exactly what they did, limiting the athletic linebacker to no more than 644 snaps in a year. With Thomas Davis finally gone, that will change in 2019. While Thompson isn't guaranteed to thrive after his promotion, he has shown intriguing playmaking upside, producing five sacks on his last 1,241 snaps. That would set his seasonal baseline to about four per season, presumably with upward spikes a possibility from year to year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $8.81 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2015. Panthers exercised $9.23 million team option for 2019 in April of 2018.
Set for new position
LBCarolina Panthers
June 19, 2019
Thompson is expected to occupy one of the inside linebacker spots in Carolina's new 3-4 defensive scheme next season, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Thompson is coming off his best season statistically in his career, racking up 80 tackles (51 solo) and 3.5 sacks, all personal bests. Now, he'll have to shed more offensive linemen that will normally be occupied with interior players. With a chance that he'll have to take on more blocks than he's used to, don't be surprised if Thompson's numbers take a slight dip in 2019.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Carolina PanthersPanthers 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Shaq Thompson's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
230 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.64 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.08 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.99 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
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Week 16: Gameday Injuries
Week 16: Gameday Injuries
December 24, 2017
December 24, 2017
With a host of notable absences at key positions and one very important return from suspension, Week 16 offers no shortage of important fantasy headlines. Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through the injury landscape heading into a crucial Week 16.
Week 15: Gameday Injuries
Week 15: Gameday Injuries
December 17, 2017
December 17, 2017
Plenty of notable names will be out of uniform in a pivotal Week 15, while one key piece returns to action after an extended absence. Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through the injury maze in the thick of fantasy postseason.
Week 14: Gameday Injuries
Week 14: Gameday Injuries
December 10, 2017
December 10, 2017
A number of notable names at quarterback, running back and receiver have health-related question marks heading into Week 14. Juan Carlos Blanco gives you the latest on the status of key pieces to help you set your fantasy playoff lineups.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
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2015
A first-round pick in 2015, Thompson has gradually improved his numbers each season. This year, he has a great chance to expedite his progress, as teammate Thomas Davis is suspended for the first four games. That should leave Thompson to start alongside Luke Kuechly, opening an opportunity for him to establish himself as Davis' heir in Carolina's dynamic linebacking duo.
A first-round pick in 2015, Thompson has totaled just 106 tackles, one sack and one interception since entering the league. While the three-down presence of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, who comprise arguably the NFL's best linebacking duo, leaves relatively few opportunities for Thompson, he's still only 23 years old. There's thus room for optimism that Thompson will increase his productivity at some point, especially if Kuechly's concussion concerns arise again. However, Thompson's upside will remain somewhat capped as long as Kuechly and Davis are healthy.
The Panthers' 2015 first round pick, Thompson is a hybrid linebacker that was somewhat slowed by a knee injury to start last year, but finished with 50 tackles in 14 regular season appearances. As the campaign unfolded, the Panthers found more ways to use Thompson, particularly his coverage flexibility. Going into his second season, Thompson projects as Carolina's third starting linebacker, which bodes well for an increase in production, but Pro Bowlers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis should continue to thrive in three-down roles, capping Thompson's upside should they stay healthy.
The Panthers' first-round pick this year, Thompson is an ultra-athletic linebacker that should allow defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to get creative with his scheme work this season. Although somewhat undersized, Thompson's playmaking ability should gradually see him emerge as the Panthers' third starting linebacker besides Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.
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Posts career high
LBCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
January 14, 2019
Thompson (shoulder) finished the 2018 regular season with a career-high 79 tackles (50 solo) and 3.5 sacks in 14 games played.
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Lands on IR
LBCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
December 20, 2018
Thompson (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Absent from practice
LBCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
December 19, 2018
Thompson (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
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Sets new career high
LBCarolina Panthers
November 26, 2018
Thompson finished with seven tackles (five solo), a sack and a fumble forced in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Seahawks.
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Listed as full participant
LBCarolina Panthers
November 22, 2018
Thompson (shoulder) was a listed as a full participant on Thursday's injury report, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
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