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.
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.
ANALYSIS
Thomas struggled earlier this season when Greg Olsen was out with a foot injury, but the rookie tight end looked much more comfortable taking over as the starter this time around. He led the Panthers in targets and catches while coming up only three receiving yards short of Curtis Samuel's team-leading total. With Olsen on injured reserve, Thomas will be a popular waiver wire add ahead of a Week 15 matchup with a Saints team that just gave up two touchdowns to Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate.
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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.
Air Yards Per Game
15.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.61
 
% Team Air Yards
6.4%
 
% Team Targets
7.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.1%
 
Drop Rate
6.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.2
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Carolina PanthersPanthers 2018 TE Snap Distribution See more data like this
% of Team Snaps

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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
192 routes   33 targets
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91%
222 routes   38 targets
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30 routes   3 targets
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Saints pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
The bars represents the team's percentile rank (based on QB Rating Against). The longer the bar, the better their pass defense is. The team and position group ratings only include players that are currently on the roster and not on injured reserve. The list of players in the table only includes defenders with at least 3 attempts against them.
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Monday, Dec 17th at 8:15PM
Overall QB Rating Against
92.1
 
Cornerbacks
97.9
 
Safeties
84.7
 
Linebackers
80.8
 
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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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Catches pass versus Ravens
TECarolina Panthers
October 29, 2018
Thomas caught his only target for 15 yards in Sunday's 36-21 win over the Ravens.
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No offensive snaps
TECarolina Panthers
October 22, 2018
Thomas did not play a snap on offense in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Eagles.
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Plays one offensive snap
TECarolina Panthers
October 15, 2018
Thomas played just one offensive snap in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Redskins.
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