Ian Thomas
24-Year-Old Tight EndTE
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.21 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2018.
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.
ANALYSIS
Thomas was expected to assume a larger role in Carolina's passing game following the departure of long-time Pro-Bowler Greg Olsen, but that simply did not manifest despite Thomas playing about 65 percent of the offensive snaps. In fact, the 2018 fourth-rounder's final production closely mirrored that from 2019, when he experienced significant dips from his promising rookie campaign. With 2021 marking the final year of Thomas' current contract, he should be plenty motivated to elevate his involvement, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be featured more, plus the Panthers could always add another option at tight end.
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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%
31 routes   2 targets
57%
109 routes   8 targets
52%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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
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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Questionable to face Broncos
TECarolina Panthers
Knee
December 11, 2020
Thomas (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Denver.
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