Ian Thomas
25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After long-time Panthers tight end Greg Olsen left last offseason, Thomas was promoted to the top of the depth chart. The result was heightened expectations, but Thomas fell flat in his opportunity. In 16 games, he caught 20 of 31 targets for just 145 yards and one touchdown. In March, Carolina inked Dan Arnold to a two-year contract, moving Thomas back down the pecking order at tight end ahead of the upcoming campaign. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $3.21 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2018.
Impressing this offseason
TECarolina Panthers
June 25, 2021
Coach Matt Rhule pointed out Thomas has had a "great offseason" earlier this month and suggested he still has a chance to lay claim to the Panthers' starting tight end role, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Thomas posted a promising rookie season back in 2018 but hasn't really followed it up with much of note in each of the last two, finishing out 2020 with just 20 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers signed Dan Arnold and drafted Tommy Tremble this offseason to shore up the position, but it looks like Thomas will still get a fair shake for the starting job and he's put in work this offseason to keep himself in the conversation. This job battle will likely continue into training camp.
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How do Ian Thomas' 2020 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
12.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.29
 
% Team Air Yards
5.0%
 
% Team Targets
5.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
64.5%
 
Drop Rate
6.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.3
 
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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
438 routes   31 targets
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94%
291 routes   45 targets
98%
31 routes   2 targets
57%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
Stuck in Greg Olsen's shadow the last two years, Thomas enters his third season with a fantastic opportunity in a Carolina tight-end room that otherwise consists of journeymen, blocking specialists and undrafted rookies. The 2018 fourth-round pick even has experience handling an every-down role, something he was tasked with whenever Olsen got hurt. Of course, experience and results are different things, with Thomas perhaps coming up a bit short in the latter department. The Panthers essentially used him as a dump-off target, with aDOTs of 6.1 and 6.0 his first two seasons. The lack of downfield work is a bit surprising for a player with 4.74 wheels in a 260-pound frame, though Thomas hasn't done himself any favors with an 8.9 percent drop rate. Competition for targets will be fierce in an offense with Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Disappointing third season
TECarolina Panthers
January 9, 2021
Thomas finished the 2020 season with 20 catches on 31 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played.
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Blanked against Washington
TECarolina Panthers
December 29, 2020
Thomas wasn't targeted in Sunday's 20-13 win over Washington.
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Another three-catch display
TECarolina Panthers
December 20, 2020
Thomas caught three of four targets for 29 yards in Saturday's 24-16 loss to the Packers.
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Makes three grabs
TECarolina Panthers
December 14, 2020
Thomas caught three of four targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos.
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Active against Broncos
TECarolina Panthers
December 13, 2020
Thomas (knee) is active Week 14 against the Broncos.
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