Ian Thomas
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
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.
Makes one grab in finale
TECarolina Panthers
December 31, 2019
Thomas, who caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, finishes up the 2019 season with 16 receptions (on 30 targets) for 136 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played.
ANALYSIS
Thomas saw his role expand last year after Greg Olsen went down early in the season, but he took a back seat to the veteran in 2019. That situation resulted in noticeable declines from Thomas' 36/333/2 line, but with a handful of drops as well, he didn't help his case much either. On the bright side, with Olsen unlikely to be back with the Panthers in 2020, Thomas could have the tight end position to himself. Such a scenario would boost his fantasy upside, but along with his on-field development, Carolina's head coach and quarterback situation could play large factors in his outlook.
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How do Ian Thomas' 2019 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.
Air Yards Per Game
11.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.59
 
% Team Air Yards
3.6%
 
% Team Targets
5.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
53.3%
 
Drop Rate
13.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
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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
173 routes   30 targets
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89%
452 routes   82 targets
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35 routes   1 target
24%
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2019 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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Practicing in full
TECarolina Panthers
December 26, 2019
Thomas (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
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Limited by ankle issue
TECarolina Panthers
Ankle
December 25, 2019
Thomas was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to an ankle injury, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Makes three grabs
TECarolina Panthers
December 23, 2019
Thomas caught all three of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts.
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Makes two catches vs. Seahawks
TECarolina Panthers
December 15, 2019
Thomas caught two of four targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Seahawks.
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Set to start again
TECarolina Panthers
December 13, 2019
Thomas is poised to make another start after teammate Greg Olsen (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
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