Ian Thomas

#80 TE / Carolina Panthers / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 260 lb Age: 24 College: Indiana Bye 13

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Just two targets

    Ian Thomas caught both of his targets for 16 total receiving yards in Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Raiders.Thomas featured on two-thirds of Carolina's offensive snaps, but he hardly got involved in the team's passing game. With all but five targets going to D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey, Thomas' placement down the Carolina Panthers' pecking order was well illustrated. As the starting tight end, however, Thomas at least should see enough playing time to make a bigger impact in upcoming weeks.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Practices without limitations

    Ian Thomas (toe) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Myles Simmons of the Carolina Panthers' official site reports.Thomas suffered a toe injury just over a week ago, but he's already resumed operating at full capacity. He's set to serve as Carolina's top tight end during Sunday's season opener against the Raiders, though Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson will all likely rank ahead of Thomas in the pecking order in terms of targets.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: In line to play Week 1

    Coach Matt Rhule believes Ian Thomas (toe) will be available Week 1 versus the Raiders, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.One week removed from injuring his toe last Monday, Thomas may not be back on the field just yet, meaning Wednesday's practice will have some bearing on his ability to suit up in the opener. He doesn't have much competition for targets from position mates Chris Manhertz and Colin Thompson, but Thomas likely won't be higher than fourth in the pecking order within the Carolina Panthers offense behind Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Deemed day-to-day

    Ian Thomas (toe) is considered day-to-day, Myles Simmons of the Carolina Panthers' official site reports.Coach Matt Rhule has now made multiple comments suggesting the toe injury Thomas suffered Monday isn't serious. Assuming he's okay, the third-year pro is set to serve as Carolina's top tight end in a Week 1 home game against the Raiders.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Hurts toe, to be back 'pretty soon'

    Coach Matt Rhule said Ian Thomas injured his toe Monday, but the third-year tight end should return to practice "pretty soon," Joe Person of The Athletic reports.After sustaining the injury, Thomas was sent for an MRI, which returned negative for a fracture. Instead, he's been diagnosed with a hyperextension. Expect the Carolina Panthers to exercise caution with their No. 1 tight end, especially with the season opener less than two weeks away (Sept. 13 against the Raiders).

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Next up to replace Olsen

    Ian Thomas is expected to replace Greg Olsen as the Carolina Panthers' starting tight end, ESPN.com's David Newton reports.The 2018 fourth-round pick already has seen plenty of playing time in the NFL, thanks in no small part to Olsen's late-career health struggles. Thomas has had his own struggles with drops (three each season) and blocking, but he's an excellent athlete -- 4.74 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical at 259 pounds -- who will be just 24 years old for the entire 2020 campaign. He's also shown glimpses of fantasy production in his 10 career games with two-thirds or more of offensive snaps, averaging 4.0 catches for 39.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns (9.7 PPR points) on 5.9 targets. The Panthers may bring in a draft pick and/or veteran to compete for snaps, but Thomas should at least have some chance to secure a three-down role. Meanwhile, Olsen is expected to visit with Buffalo, Washington and Seattle in the coming weeks.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Makes one grab in finale

    Ian Thomas, who caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, finishes up the 2019 season with 16 receptions (on 30 targets) for 136 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played.Thomas saw his role expand last year after Greg Olsen went down early in the season, but he took a back seat to the veteran in 2019. That situation resulted in noticeable declines from Thomas' 36/333/2 line, but with a handful of drops as well, he didn't help his case much either. On the bright side, with Olsen unlikely to be back with the Carolina Panthers in 2020, Thomas could have the tight end position to himself. Such a scenario would boost his fantasy upside, but along with his on-field development, Carolina's head coach and quarterback situation could play large factors in his outlook.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Practicing in full

    Ian Thomas (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.Thomas was limited in practice to begin the week, but he now appears to have put his ankle issue behind him. With Greg Olsen (knee) also expected to suit up for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Saints, Thomas is on track to split reps at the tight end position once again Week 17.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Limited by ankle issue

    Ian Thomas was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to an ankle injury, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.Just like Thomas, Greg Olsen (knee) also drew a "limited" tag, but both of Carolina's top tight ends are expected to be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Saints. After starting in place of a concussed Olsen in Weeks 14 and 15, Thomas predictably saw his role decline in last weekend's loss to the Colts while Olsen returned to action. Thomas played only 46 percent of the Carolina Panthers' offensive snaps in the blowout, finishing with three catches for 16 yards on three targets.

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    Panthers' Ian Thomas: Makes three grabs

    Ian Thomas caught all three of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts.Thomas wasn't as big of a factor with starting tight end Greg Olsen returning to the lineup but at least hauled in all of his looks from rookie quarterback Will Grier. That actually saw Thomas top Olsen's two catches, but the veteran managed 33 yards from his five targets.