Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis
36-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Los Angeles Chargers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 36-year-old Davis posted his second consecutive sub-100 tackle effort for the Panthers last year in large part due to a four-game suspension to begin the campaign. With the Chargers, his value as a veteran presence for a young and emerging linebacking corps will be immeasurable. It's quite possible that Uchenna Nwosu, the team's second-round pick in 2018, could wind up playing more snaps than Davis even if the veteran winds up starting games. Situated in a versatile defense uniquely capable of fielding a variety of exotic formations Davis won't - and probably shouldn't - be asked to do too much at this point in his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $20.5 million contract with the Chargers in March of 2019.
Headed to Los Angeles
LBCarolina Panthers
March 12, 2019
Davis intends to sign with the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Davis started 158 of 176 games in 14 years with Carolina, primarily playing weakside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He figures to man the same position in Los Angeles, but there's no assurance of a three-down role heading into his age-36 season. Davis remained productive on a per-play basis in 2018, piling up 79 tackles (46 solo), six passes defensed and two fumble recoveries on 650 defensive snaps in 12 games. His four absences were the result of a PED suspension at the beginning of the season.
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Measurables Review
How do Thomas Davis' 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' 1"
 
Weight
235 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.60 sec
 
Shuttle Time
3.97 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.09 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
115 in
 
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If Davis breaking his five-year streak with at least 100 tackles last season was disappointing enough, his four-game suspension to start this season only makes matters worse. While that absence will obviously hurt his production, giving Shaq Thompson a great opportunity in the process, the 35-year-old will be eager to re-establish himself once eligible and remains an impressive playmaker alongside Luke Kuechly.
Given his profound history of knee injuries (three ACL tears), advanced age (34 years old), and the looming specter of former first-round pick Shaq Thompson in the background, Davis feels somewhat risky being ranked this high. But his performance level remained high last year, and it would be a surprise to see Carolina lower his play count below the 750-snap mark after he played 1,008 last year. Davis' shaky floor is largely offset by the upside he presents -- he has eight sacks and seven interceptions over the last two years.
After 11 seasons and three torn ACLs, Davis was finally named to his first Pro Bowl last year, when he finished with 105 tackles and career-highs in sacks (5.5), interceptions (four) and forced fumbles (four). Although the Panthers’ date in the Super Bowl ultimately precluded Davis’ long-awaited trip to Hawaii, he and Luke Kuechly have been arguably the NFL’s best linebacking tandem in recent times. Somehow still boasting cat-like quickness at age 33, Davis enters this season coming off four straight seasons with at least 100 stops, making him about as reliable as they come at his position.
A player who’s endured three ACL tears since joining the league as a first round pick in 2005, Davis remarkably registered his third straight 100-tackle campaign last season. A career-long Panther, Davis’ final 2014 totals of 100 stops and 2.5 sacks were slight dips from 2013, but the veteran also missed one game due to a hip ailment. As he enters his eleventh season, Davis arguably remains the Panthers’ second-best fantasy player on defense, with only All Pro running mate Luke Kuechly topping him. While rookie first round linebacker Shaq Thompson could gradually grow into a Davis-type player, the 32-year-old is still enjoying a wildly productive close to a career filled with perseverance, and offers stellar IDP value for fantasy owners to boot.
The Panthers were rewarded in 2013 for their patience in Davis, a talented linebacker and former first-round pick who persevered through an improbable three ACL tears. He's still a risk for reinjury, but Davis was highly productive last year, finishing with 123 tackles (85 solo), four sacks and two interceptions in 16 games. He's among the league's best blitzing and coverage big-play threats at linebacker. He'll continue to post big numbers so long as he's on the field, as he has safety-like athleticism and an elite defensive line keeping blockers away from him.
Davis was second on the Panthers in tackles last season, and will start at strong side linebacker this season alongside rookie of the year and NFL leading tackler Luke Kuechly.
Thomas is attempting to become the first player in NFL history to return to action following three torn ACL surgeries. Even if he can do it, he's playing behind James Anderson and Luke Kuechly, both of which are expected to have big tackle numbers this year.
Davis is an extremely injury prone player, but he remains a rare athlete with the potential to put up big numbers in Carolina’s defense, which figures to spend a lot of time on the field in 2011. He tore his right ACL twice between November 2009 and June 2010, so he's in Bob Sanders territory when it comes to durability, but Davis’ 174 tackles (140 solo), five sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in his last 23 games are nice numbers. If he’s on the field, he should be a steal.
Another torn ACL during summer OTAs has Davis likely to miss the majority of the regular season. The injury is a blow to Carolina's defensive corps, as Davis was in line for a career year as the Panthers' starting weak side linebacker. The Panthers have so far neglected to place him on injured reserve, so he may still be available as a late season pickup.
Davis finished the 2008 season with a career-high 113 tackles along with 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. The move over the weak side behind Julius Peppers paid immediate dividends for Davis, as he became a very productive player for the Panthers and IDP owners alike. It looks like Peppers will remain in Carolina this season, so a repeat of his 2008 numbers isn't out of the question.
Davis enjoyed another solid -- if unspectacular -- season as the Panthers' starting strong-side linebacker rolling up another 88 tackles including a career-high three sacks. He'll be pushed for snaps by rookie Dan Connor, but he's a viable option for 80-90 tackles again if he can stay healthy.
Davis will start at the strongside linebacker spot again in 2007 after piling up 88 tackles over 14 games a year ago. He could crack the century mark for the first time in his career with a full season's worth of starts and another year of experience under his belt, given his incredible athleticism and continued development at linebacker after playing safety at Georgia.
After playing safety and linebacker last season, the Panthers decided to move him to linebacker this season. Playing only one position should help the second-year player. Davis will be worth a late-round selection in all IDP formats.
Davis is a very versatile defensive player who can play both safety and linebacker. With the Panthers lacking much depth at either position, Davis will be forced to play both positions for much of the season. Colin Branch's season-ending knee injury opened up a starting job for Davis at strong safety and he'll likely play most snaps in that spot but could spell Brandon Short at linebacker as well.
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Panthers moving on
LBCarolina Panthers
January 9, 2019
Davis announced via Twitter on Wednesday that the Panthers will not re-sign him for 2019.
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Wants to return in 2019
LBCarolina Panthers
January 7, 2019
Davis wants to return for one more season with the Panthers, David Newton of ESPN reports. "I understand that there's a whole business side of things that has to take place," Davis said. "My whole mindset and everything I want to do is totally surrounded in coming back and playing here. Hopefully, they share that same sentiment."
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Posts season high
LBCarolina Panthers
December 18, 2018
Davis finished with 12 tackles (nine solo) in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
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Non-participant Saturday
LBCarolina Panthers
December 15, 2018
Davis did not participate at Saturday's practice but he doesn't have an injury, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Recovers two fumbles
LBCarolina Panthers
December 10, 2018
Davis finished with six tackles (three solo) and recovered two fumbles in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
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