Shaq Thompson
Shaq Thompson
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Carolina Panthers
Questionable
Injury Shoulder
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson might not be better than average, but for this year at least he'll be busy piling up stops for a Carolina defense that figures to spend a lot of time on the field. He missed two games in 2019 - something he's somehow done in each of his five NFL seasons - yet still logged 984 snaps, a career high by 340. If he manages to play a full season, he'll be a candidate for 1,100 snaps, a workload too big to fail for IDP purposes. Although Thompson might play a little farther away from the action than the coverage-challenged Tahir Whitehead, Thompson should trend toward 120 tackles in his own right and offers superior blitzing ability otherwise (8.5 sacks on his last 2,225 snaps). Thompson's over/under for sacks is probably 3.5. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $54.2 million contract with the Panthers in December of 2019.
Undergoes shoulder procedure
LBCarolina Panthers
Foot
December 27, 2019
Thompson (foot/shoulder) had a cleanup procedure on his shoulder Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Thompson is already ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Saints, so his sights are now set on getting back to health in time for offseason training. A timetable for the starting linebacker's recovery remains undisclosed, but it appears as though his procedure was minor. In 14 games this season, Thompson shattered his previous career high by posting 109 tackles (75 solo) to go with three sacks. That production earned the 25-year-old a lucrative four-year, $54.2 million extension, securing him as a centerpiece of Carolina's defense alongside Luke Kuechly for years to come.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Ruled out for Week 17
LBCarolina Panthers
Foot
December 26, 2019
Coach Perry Fewell said Thursday that Thompson (foot) is ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Saints, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Not likely to play Week 17
LBCarolina Panthers
Foot
December 25, 2019
Thompson (foot) is unlikely to play Sunday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Won't play Sunday
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
December 20, 2019
Thompson (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
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DNP on Thursday
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
December 19, 2019
Thompson (ankle) was absent from Thursday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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DNP on Wednesday
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
December 18, 2019
Thompson (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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