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TE Julius Thomas - Miami Dolphins

6-5, 246Born: 6-27-1988College: Portland St.Drafted: Round 4

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Week 3: at New York Jets

All TE vs NYJ

FBG says: Good matchup. Jay Cutler was uncharacteristically conservative in his Dolphins debut. Ever the gunslinger, Cutler focused his attention on quick underneath throws to Jarvis Landry to counteract a fiery Chargers pass rush. Landry won't see 15 targets every week, but it's clear he's on Cutler's page and an integral part of the offense as a kind of extension of the running game. Going forward, though, we should probably expect a gradual effort to push the ball downfield more. He took an interest in DeVante Parker during the preseason, and it carried over into the opener with 9 targets, including a pair of 31-yard completions. They failed to connect on their other four deep-ball attempts; this should be viewed as a boom-or-bust connection for the time being, but one with strong weekly upside. Like the rest of the Jets' units, this one is rebuilding and poses little threat to opposing offenses. The coverage has been atrocious thus far, and starting cornerbacks Juston Burris and Buster Skrine took turns being burned for touchdowns by Michael Crabtree (three in all) in Week 2. Rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are intriguing prospects, but neither is ready to anchor a pass defense in coverage. And as the Jets continue to rebuild this unit, we see how imperative it is they add some explosive element to their pass rush. Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams are talented pocket-pushers, but there's virtually no dynamism coming off the edges. Recent third-round pick Jordan Jenkins has yet to make noise, while Kony Ealy was a low-floor flyer who's contributed little thus far and Josh Martin is a miscast special-teamer. It's difficult to slow down opposing passing games without pressure or coverage chops, so this is a great defense to target for efficient fantasy production.

Recent Stats and Projections

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2 at LAC 65 3 26 0 0 2.6
3 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Julius Thomas caught three passes for 26 yards on three targets, but was more of an afterthought in the Dolphins passing game. Adam Gase's offense does like to target tight ends in the red zone, and that will be where Thomas sees the majority of his targets. Thomas did show that he still has something left in the tank on a ten yard catch, where he was able to shake off one defender before turning the ball up the field. He is not the same game breaking player he was in Denver, but that is also because he won't see the same opportunities. With the Dolphins have diverse options in the passing game, Thomas can certainly make his mark in single coverage, especially in the red zone where his size and catch radius is something that Jay Cutler can exploit.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Julius Thomas improving chemistry (Thu Sep 14, 02:11 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas has improved his chemistry with QB Jay Cutler over the last few weeks and has caught several touchdowns during practice.

Our View: We are still a bit cautious about Thomas as we haven't seen the two of them in action. Adam Gase tends to use his tight ends a lot, and he and Thomas did really well when they were together in Denver. There have also been years when Jay Cutler has helped his tight ends produce a lot of points. We just aren't sure if this is all going to come together and when. Consider him a shaky TE2/TE3 this week, especially as the Rams have a legit defense and Aaron Donald is returning.
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Schedule

3@ New York Jets
4vs New Orleans Saints
5vs Tennessee Titans
6@ Atlanta Falcons
7vs New York Jets
8@ Baltimore Ravens
9vs Oakland Raiders
10@ Carolina Panthers
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ New England Patriots
13vs Denver Broncos
14vs New England Patriots
15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Buffalo Bills