TE Ian Thomas - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 248||Born: 6-6-1996||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 4, pick|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Ian Thomas's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs NO (7 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec)
Ian Thomas continued his streak of impressive outings in the Superdome, connecting well with third-string quarterback Kyle Allen. The boot action game was a staple of Carolina's approach in this game, allowing Thomas to sneak behind coverage and find open spaces in the flat. He made a couple of impressive catches early after getting submarined by a pair of Saints defenders. A subsequent target on a deep corner route between cornerback and safety was overthrown. Thomas hauled in one of Allen's two touchdown passes, snagging a beautifully fired pass on the back line of the end zone, the throw intentionally on the tight end's back shoulder to keep it away from the defender. Thomas scooted up the left sideline late in the game after a nice play fake from Allen allowed the tight end to sneak into the clear. Thomas showed excellent speed and almost broke away from the chasing pack of defenders.
2018 Week 14 vs CLE (11 / 9 / 77 / 0 rec)
With veteran tight end Greg Olsen out for the year, Ian Thomas stepped into the breach against Cleveland and performed very well. Looking comfortable throughout, Thomas showed excellent hands on one catch, plucking the ball away from his frame on a low, errant Cam Newton pass. The two appeared to build chemistry as the game continued, with Newton trusting Thomas to deliver on key third downs. Thomas showed fluid movement in the open field and surprised a couple of Browns tacklers with his change of direction. He was unfortunate not to bag a touchdown, a catch and run in the red zone coming inches shy of the goal line.
2018 Week 13 vs TB (5 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
The rookie tight end must have endeared himself to his quarterback in his limited action, snagging a pair of sideline catches - one of which displayed excellent body control as he contorted at the catch point - to aid the comeback effort. Thomas' athleticism was on full display throughout, but he was generally passed over by Cam Newton for downfield targets with the game out of hand.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Although Ian Thomas saw the field plenty against New York, it proved to be a forgettable outing for the rookie. A fast start saw him finding room down the field, running a perfect deep crossing route before Cam Newton found him with a bullet pass. Thomas drew the ire of his quarterback, however, not long after. Running a deep dig route, Thomas appeared to stop his feet and did not square it off at the top, allowing the defensive back to undercut it and pick it off. Later, Thomas would only add to his ignominious afternoon's resumÈ as he settled down and stopped his route on a shallow cross; it appeared Newton expected the rookie to keep running. An interception ensued, which gave the Giants life.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
For a rookie, Ian Thomas has taken to this offense with aplomb and doesn't look out of place. The young tight end played almost 80% of the snaps and produced a highlight moment on a seam route, catching the ball as he was contacted low by a torpedoing defender. Thomas was targeted on a sideline toss from Cam Newton, but the pass was too late for the tight end to adjust and secure it in bounds.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
With Greg Olsen out of the line-up for the medium-term, it fell on the young shoulders of Ian Thomas to take up the mantle at tight end. In fact, it proved to be more of a tight end by committee, as both he and Chris Manhertz contributed. Thomas was mostly asked to block, as the Panthers made every effort to keep Cam Newton clean, fully aware of the weakness of their offensive line. Thomas made a couple of incursions into the passing game, catching a short pass on a shallow cross on 3rd-and-long that had no chance. He could have caught a touchdown after running a beautiful seam pattern in the red zone, but the pinpoint Newton pass caromed off his shoulder pads. Thomas, to his credit, came back a couple of plays later and converted a key third down to keep that same drive alive.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rookie Ian Thomas stepped into the breach and assumed a larger role - at least in terms of snap count - after Greg Olsen was forced to leave the game due to injury. Thomas had a nice catch and run in the red zone on a well-placed Cam Newton pass on a bootleg, but his only other involvement in the passing game came on a tight end screen which was unceremoniously blown up by the Dallas pursuit.
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