Deonte Thompson
Deonte Thompson
30-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Questionable
Injury Toe
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The speedy wide receiver is now on his fourth organization in seven NFL seasons, signing with the Cowboys as a free agent after hauling in a career-high 38 passes for 555 yards during a 2017 campaign split between the Bills and Bears. Thompson is the closest thing to a deep threat on a Dallas depth chart that underwent major changes in the offseason, and if he can establish some chemistry with Dak Prescott during OTAs and training camp, he could see enough targets to repeat last year's performance. Prescott didn't look to stretch the field much in 2017, though, and if the Dallas passing game is once again a conservative complement to its rushing attack, Thompson's main contributions may have to come as a kickoff returner. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Bills in November of 2018.
More journeyman journeys?
WRBuffalo Bills
Toe
January 19, 2019
Thompson, who played eight games for the Cowboys this season before spending five more with the Bills (he missed the finale with a toe injury), will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
ANALYSIS
Thompson, while still speedy, is primarily a depth receiver at this stage of his career and caught only 17 balls for 161 yards and no touchdowns last season. The Bills like him enough that they've had him for three different stints, but he'll be 30 next month and may be phased out as the team continues to rework the position group. At best, he'll end up as a No. 4-5-6 receiver in 2019.
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How do Deonte Thompson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
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.
Air Yards Per Game
14.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.12
 
% Team Air Yards
5.0%
 
% Team Targets
3.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
70.0%
 
Drop Rate
5.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.4
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 28-year-old will be in his sixth year in the league, and he's expected to be the Bears primary kick returner. In addition, he could be called upon to play wide receiver, as he caught 22 passes for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns last year, especially after the season-ending knee injury suffered by Cameron Meredith. However, he'll most likely be a rotational player, and won't likely have enough production to merit a roster spot in fantasy leagues.
In Thompson's four years in the NFL, he's had 17 receptions for 228 yards. In his first season with the Bears last year, he managed two receptions for 81 yards. With such meager production, Thompson is expected to begin 2016 as a backup to Kevin White at outside receiver. Overall, Thompson's biggest value to the team is his ability as a kick returner, with his 29.2 yard average placing him second in the NFL last year among those with at least 10 returns.
Thompson is a young veteran who has had very brief flashes of potential in his four years in the NFL. He is just hoping to latch onto a roster spot and is unlikely to make any kind of an impact on the Bills' offense in 2015.
Thompson is on the roster bubble, and the Ravens have four wide receivers who are seemingly locks to make the team. The former Florida Gator does have experience returning kicks, but the Ravens still have Jacoby Jones as the likely kick and punt returner.
Thompson is a pure burner with 4.3 speed, and he earned a spot on the Baltimore roster as an undrafted free agent in 2012, despite having a relatively quiet career at the University of Florida. He mostly worked as a kick returner and No. 5 receiver as a rookie, but was displaced from his return role once Jacoby Jones emerged as a threat. Following the departure of Anquan Boldin, Thompson has a chance to compete for the No. 3 receiver role, although he could move up as high as No. 2 if the Ravens want Jones to keep most of his focus on special teams. Tandon Doss enters training camp as the favorite to beat out Thompson and a few other young receivers, but Thompson has consistently drawn high praise from both team officials and the Baltimore media, while Doss lacks high-end athleticism and explosiveness. Thompson probably won't be worth drafting in most leagues, but he could make for an interesting late-round flier in deeper formats.
More Fantasy News
Will not play Sunday
WRBuffalo Bills
Toe
December 28, 2018
Thompson (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Dolphins.
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Another missed practice
WRBuffalo Bills
Toe
December 27, 2018
Thompson (toe) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday.
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Missing first practice of Week 17
WRBuffalo Bills
Toe
December 26, 2018
Coach Sean McDermott said Thompson (toe) wouldn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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Questionable to return
WRBuffalo Bills
Toe
December 23, 2018
Thompson is questionable to return to Sunday's game with a toe injury.
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No immediate impact
WRBuffalo Bills
November 26, 2018
Thompson was targeted three times in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, but he didn't catch a pass and only saw 16 snaps on offense.
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