Thomas caught one of two targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss against the Vikings. Thomas was responsible for Carolina's longest offensive play of the day, helping him finish second on the team in receiving yards. The tight end has now posted at least 40 yards in consecutive contests, but considering he's only hauled in more than one pass in two of six games played so far, Thomas isn't getting enough volume even after the Dan Arnold trade to make much of a fantasy impact.
Thomas caught four of five targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Eagles. Thomas once again played over 60 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps and helped the team with a couple of gains for first downs. With a long reception of 24 yards, Thomas enjoyed his best performance of the campaign, and although rookie Tommy Tremble managed a five-yard touchdown early, Thomas' outing Sunday still offers a slight boost to his fantasy stock ahead of Week 6's matchup versus the Vikings.
Thomas caught all three of his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 36-28 loss to the Cowboys. Thomas no longer had competition from Dan Arnold after the veteran was traded earlier in the week, allowing him to play over 60 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps. Overall though, Thomas' production wasn't too different from his usual output, as he caught a few short passes underneath. Despite now being the nominal starter, Thomas' upside remains restricted by his relatively small role within the Panthers' scheme, and rookie third-round tight end Tommy Tremble could also see his role grow over the course of the campaign.
Thomas caught one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints. Thomas made a minimal impact in the passing game, but it's worth noting he once again played more snaps than starting tight end Dan Arnold. In fact, with 52 offensive plays compared to Arnold's 22, Thomas was on the field far more than Arnold, but the latter's three catches for 55 yards Sunday evidenced his greater upside than Thomas, who sports just 24 yards through two games so far and has primarily been used as a blocker.
Thomas caught one of two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 19-14 win over the Jets. Thomas opened the third quarter with a long gain and actually played two more snaps than starter Dan Arnold, who managed just a pair of catches for six yards. Although Thomas isn't expected to be much of a factor in Carolina's passing game this season, occasional impact plays like Sunday's grab would keep him in the mix for spare looks.
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|9||11/07||New England Patriots||3||3.71|
|11||11/21||Washington Football Team||18||7.71|
|16||12/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||8.43|
|17||01/02||@New Orleans Saints||5||4.00|
|18||01/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||8.43|
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|3 Year Avg||37||24||205||1||14||8.54||26|