Thomas caught his only target for one yard during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets while seeing action on 41 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps. He also completed a 15-yard pass on a fake punt. The trick play was a thing of beauty and certainly contributed to the big win, but Thomas didn't have much production beyond that. Neither he nor Jason Croom (no catches) took advantage of starter Charles Clay being shelved with a hamstring injury, as the Bills simply spread Clay's usual modest targets elsewhere in the offense. The Bills are taking a good look at many of their younger players in what's turned out to be a rebuilding season, so Thomas will continue to have a small role even if Clay returns to action following the team's Week 11 bye. That role won't yield more than a few catches here and there, however.
Thomas and Jason Croom will share tight end duties Sunday versus the Jets with Charles Clay (hamstring) out of the lineup, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Clay's practice reps have been impacted on occasion this season, but the veteran TE still played in each of the Bills' first nine games before his current bout with a hamstring injury. Before he was knocked from this past Sunday's defeat to the Bears, Thomas and Croom earned regular snaps weekly, a number that increased to season-highs (47 and 42 on offense, respectively) in that contest. Thomas hauled in seven of eight passes for 40 yards working with Nathan Peterman, so his output could experience an uptick if Josh Allen (elbow) is cleared to suit up Sunday.
Thomas caught seven of eight targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 41-9 loss to the Bears. Thomas' extended usage came as a result of Charles Clay exiting early with a hamstring injury. Mistake-prone quarterback Nathan Peterman checked down to the tight end often, but none of Thomas' catches went for double-digit yards. Even if Clay misses the upcoming Week 10 clash against the Jets, it will be tough to rely on Thomas with Buffalo's offense in shambles.
Thomas (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat Chronicle reports. Thomas has two receptions for 31 yards over the first two games, but a majority of his usage was still on special teams. Khari Lee may see a slight uptick in opportunities in Thomas' absence.
Thomas caught one of two targets for 24 yards in Sunday's game against the Ravens, the team's longest pass play in a forgettable 47-3 loss. Thomas appears to be sharing No. 2 tight end duties with Jason Croom behind Charles Clay, as both players saw the field for 18 offensive plays (28 percent) to Clay's 40 (62 percent). Clay has fought a balky knee among other issues for several seasons, so the situation between Thomas and Croom (both players have decent pass-catching ability) is worth watching in the event their senior teammate goes down for any length of time in 2018.
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