Ian Thomas
22-Year-Old Tight EndTE
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year contract with the Panthers in May of 2018.
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.
The crests and troughs in Thomas' production were directly linked to the availability (or lack thereof) of top tight end Greg Olsen (foot), who was sidelined for seven games during the season. In Olsen's stead, Thomas capitalized on his increased opportunities, particularly in the final quarter of his rookie campaign. During the last four weeks, the fourth-round pick hauled in 20 of 27 targets for 200 yards and two touchdowns, topping 60 yards in two of those outings. While Olsen is expected to return in 2019, Thomas' strong finish not only makes him an attractive insurance policy but someone who should continue to garner more looks in two-tight end formations.
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Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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Advanced NFL Stats
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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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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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222 routes   38 targets
40 routes   5 targets
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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More Fantasy News
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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Thrives in second stint as starter
TECarolina Panthers
December 9, 2018
Thomas caught nine of 11 targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
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Stepping in for injured Olsen
TECarolina Panthers
December 5, 2018
Thomas is primed for a key role at tight end for the rest of the season after the Panthers placed teammate Greg Olsen (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Emerges to make five catches
TECarolina Panthers
December 2, 2018
Thomas caught all five of his targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
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