Ian Thomas
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Injury Leg
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Panthers didn't have big plans for Thomas as a rookie, but he was capable when called upon after Greg Olsen suffered another foot injury, posting a 26-268-2 line in seven starting assignments. With Olsen's ability to stay healthy still a significant concern, it's possible Thomas becomes the team's primary tight end this fall. Thomas was merely a fourth-round pick out of Indiana after a quiet college career and a 4.74 40-yard dash, but it's notable he didn't appear totally lost in his first go-round at a complicated position. Be ready to pounce if the news breaks poorly for Olsen. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.21 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2018.
Still not practicing
TECarolina Panthers
June 17, 2019
Thomas (leg) was limited to rehab work during mandatory minicamp, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Thomas rode a stationary bike on the sideline while watching his teammates practice. There hasn't been any suggestion of a serious injury, with coach Ron Rivera saying he's hopeful the second-year pro will be ready for training camp. Thomas averaged four catches for 36.7 yards on six targets in six starts last season, typically handling a three-down role when Greg Olsen wasn't available. The 34-year-old is healthy and now has clearance for all football activities, but his recent history of foot injuries hints that Thomas may be needed this season.
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How do Ian Thomas' 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats 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. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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How often does Ian Thomas run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Ian Thomas and the other tight ends for the Panthers are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Ian Thomas
304 routes   49 targets
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2 routes   0 targets
222 routes   38 targets
40 routes   5 targets
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2018 Ian Thomas Split Stats
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Drafted in the fourth round of this year's draft, Thomas profiles as an athletic developmental project behind Pro Bowler Greg Olsen. However, considering Olsen's injury struggles last season, as well as his advanced age, Thomas could grow in importance sooner than later.
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Still limited
TECarolina Panthers
May 28, 2019
Thomas (leg) was limited to side work Tuesday at OTAs, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Rehabbing leg injury
TECarolina Panthers
May 22, 2019
Thomas worked out off the side during Wednesday's OTA session while recovering from a sore leg, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Ends season strong
TECarolina Panthers
January 9, 2019
Thomas finished the 2018 season with 36 catches on 49 targets for 333 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.
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Scores first career touchdown
TECarolina Panthers
December 23, 2018
Thomas caught four of five targets for 48 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
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Hauls in two passes
TECarolina Panthers
December 17, 2018
Thomas caught two of four targets for 14 yards in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
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