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 blitzing ability, 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.
Good to go Week 6
LBCarolina Panthers
October 13, 2019
Thompson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in London.
Thompson managed only a pair of limited practice sessions this week on account of the ankle injury, but he's not expected to face any restrictions with his snap count Week 6. Through five games, Thompson has racked up 49 tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups.
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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.
6' 0"
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Officially questionable
LBCarolina Panthers
October 11, 2019
Thompson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Limited Thursday
LBCarolina Panthers
October 10, 2019
Thompson (ankle) was a limited participant Thursday's walkthrough practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
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Sits out practice Wednesday
LBCarolina Panthers
October 9, 2019
Thompson (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
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Makes nine stops
LBCarolina Panthers
October 7, 2019
Thompson made nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 34-27 win over the Jaguars.
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Turns in big performance
LBCarolina Panthers
September 30, 2019
Thompson led the Panthers with 12 tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Texans.
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