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May 2, 2020 02:36 AM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Fifth-year option declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas had his fifth-year option declined by the 49ers on Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

The No. 3 overall pick in 2017 has fallen short of expectations to an extreme degree through his first three seasons, and the 49ers will not agree to keep him through 2021 at this stage. Thomas saw his snap count drop from 646 in 2018 to 428 in 2019 as he became a rotational piece on San Francisco's defensive line. He will get one more season to right the ship before he hits free agency in 2021.

February 22, 2020 10:20 AM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Bust label sticks in third season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas had 21 tackles (15 solo) and two sacks over 16 games during the 2019 regular season.

Thomas -- the third overall pick in 2017 -- spent most of the season as a backup and situational interior rusher on third downs. The Stanford product was given a brief opportunity to show off his skills as an edge rusher when multiple defensive ends went down to injury midway through the season, but he simply did not look comfortable in that role. San Francisco boasts the best defensive line in football, so Thomas should remain a backup even if the team does not bring Arik Armstead back this upcoming offseason.

October 15, 2019 01:28 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Lends helping hand in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas recorded a pair of tackles, including a sack, in Sunday's divisional win over the Rams.

Playing 25 snaps on defense, Thomas actually logged more defensive snaps than Dee Ford (22) in the 49ers win over Sean McVay and the Rams on Sunday. The 24-year-old has two sacks in five games and saw his role increase substantially this past week in an important divisional game. That being said, Thomas continues to be used primarily as a situational pass rusher, which drastically cuts into his value in IDP formats.

September 16, 2019 05:08 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Posts sack against Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas made three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Thomas had an increased role on defense since Dee Ford left Sunday's game with a knee injury, and he made use of his extra snaps by getting to Andy Dalton. When Ford returns, Thomas will likely be used in a situational role once again since rookie Nick Bosa is proving to be a capable edge rusher.

April 30, 2019 01:36 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Not moved during draft
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was not traded prior to or during the 2019 NFL Draft, despite reports that such trade talks occurred.

It should come as no surprise that the 49ers were looking to move on from Thomas following the trade for Dee Ford and the selection of No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa. The team began deploying Thomas as an interior lineman in the later stages of the 2018 season after he struggled generating pressure on the quarterback while lined up as a defensive end. This strategy could be the reason the Niners chose not to move Thomas, as he could end up moving to defensive tackle permanently. Fellow first-round pick Arik Armstead also remains on the active roster, which could create a competition at a new position in camp for both failed outside pass rushers.

January 24, 2019 11:08 AM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Third year will be key for lineman
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh hopes that new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek can help take Thomas' game to the next level in 2019, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Thomas started all 16 games for the 49ers in his sophomore campaign, finishing with 31 tackles (24 solo), a sack and three tackles for a loss. The 22-year-old showed some improvement in terms of being a disruptive backfield presence playing both on the outside and the interior of the defensive line, but his statistics were underwhelming for a player taken third overall in the 2017 draft. The team described Kocurek's addition as "an opportunity they needed to take advantage of," and Thomas' development and usage next season will be one of the new coach's primary tasks this offseason. Until we see an actual improvement in Thomas' pass-rush numbers, however, it will be tough to justify IDP relevance given the lackluster stats the lineman has posted over his first two seasons.

November 2, 2018 12:00 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Tallies first sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas had three solo tackles and his first sack of the season in Thursday's 34-3 win over Oakland.

Thomas has started seven of nine games this season but sees a restricted snap count defensively, which is illustrated by his season total of 17 tackles (14 solo). The 22-year-old's limited role and inconsistent production when on the field makes him an unattractive option for IDP purposes.

October 4, 2018 07:24 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Healthy to enter Week 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas is not listed on the 49ers' injury report Thursday.

Thomas suffered a shoulder injury during San Francisco's Week 4 loss to the Chargers, but has not been listed on the team's injury report this week. There's no reason to believe that Thomas is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

October 2, 2018 11:28 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Shoulder injury not believed to be serious
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday's loss to the Chargers but is expected to be okay moving forward, Joe Fann of the team's official site reports.

Although the shoulder injury is not believed to be serious, Thomas' situation is something to monitor until he proves he's at 100 percent. Should the big man practice in full at any point this week it would likely temper concerns.

August 27, 2018 12:08 AM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Returns from concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (concussion) suited up for Saturday's preseason tilt, recording three tackles (all solo) in a loss to Indianapolis.

Thomas suffered the head injury in the 49ers' first preseason game two weeks ago. The timely return puts the 22-year-old on track to begin the regular season in full capacity. The 2017 third-overall pick experienced his ups and downs in his rookie campaign, but he will enter a pivotal 2018 season with an every-down role as the club's "Leo" defensive end.

August 23, 2018 06:28 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Likely to play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (concussion) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Thomas has been sidelined since Aug. 9 after suffering a head injury that turned out to be a concussion, but additional tests appear to have revealed enough progress to warrant him being an expected participant. It's good timing for his return, as the starters generally play their most significant snaps in the third preseason game.

August 19, 2018 09:44 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Re-evaluation coming Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas is still in concussion protocol and will be re-evaluated Tuesday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Thomas has been in protocol since suffering a head injury in the preseason opener against the Cowboys. Tuesday will be the first day that Thomas could potentially return to practice after he undergoes more testing.

August 10, 2018 12:40 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Exits preseason game with head injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas sustained a head injury and won't return to Thursday's preseason opener against the Cowboys, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

It isn't entirely clear what Thomas is dealing with. There's been no word of him being in the protocol for head injuries, but a concussion still can't be definitively ruled out. We'll likely know more about his injury in the coming days.

August 8, 2018 05:12 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Making strides in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas has shown improvement in his pass-rush technique in camp,'s Joe Fann reports.

Thomas has impressed coaches and teammates with his ability to win one-on-one matchups during team activities. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh acknowledged that the rookie got "gobbled up" at times last season, something that he expects to happen less this year based on the defensive lineman's improvement in "second moves" and a better grasp on attacking edges. Thomas' rookie season was considered a bit of a disappointment (43 tackles and three sacks), but it sounds like he is making strides toward becoming the pass rusher the 49ers hoped he would be after selecting him third overall last year.

May 2, 2018 11:28 AM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Will have mixed role in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas is expected to play defensive end on early downs and tackle on passing downs in 2018, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Thomas was eased into NFL play during 2017, and a midseason knee injury didn't help his cause. Regardless, the 2017 first-round pick made 41 tackles (34 solo) and three sacks in his rookie campaign. The new role should help him stay on the field for all three downs and hopefully fire up his stat line. Most importantly, the 49ers hope Thomas can develop into the pass rusher who racked up eight sacks in his final season at Stanford.

January 16, 2018 10:00 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Mixed results in rookie campaign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas finished his rookie season with 41 tackles (34 solo) to go along with three sacks through 14 games.

While he was active for 14 contests, the 49ers elected to bring the third overall pick along slowly in a limited role. Thomas was finally unleashed against the Cardinals in Week 4 and put together a three-game stretch which flashed his disruptive potential as a pass rusher (16 tackles and two sacks in three starts). A knee injury slowed him down midseason, but Thomas finished the year on a high note against the Jaguars (six tackles and his third sack) when he was once again given a full allotment of defensive snaps. The 22-year-old's lackluster totals should suppress his value heading into his sophomore campaign, but he possesses the potential to be an IDP factor as a defensive lineman if he is given the green light to be on the field for the majority of the club's defensive snaps.

December 27, 2017 02:40 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Wraps up third sack of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas collected six tackles (five solo) and a sack in Sunday's 44-33 victory over Jacksonville.

This year's third overall pick put his skills on display against a tough Jacksonville squad, making 1.5 tackles for a loss in addition to his third sack of the season. Overall, Thomas hasn't posted numbers that are very useful to IDP owners (40 tackles and three sacks), but he was brought along slowly as a backup to start the year, and then games like Sunday's remind us of the potential he has as a defensive force.

November 27, 2017 12:48 AM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Gearing up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

The rookie first-round pick missed the last two games, but his troubles have ended. Thomas will slot back in as the 49ers' starting defensive end, and he'll look to break through a poor Seahawks offensive line to pressure QB Russell Wilson. The Stanford product has 26 tackles and two sacks through eight games.

November 25, 2017 12:56 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Status uncertain Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (knee) is listed as questionable for the 49ers' Week 12 matchup against the Seahawks, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Thomas has been sidelined the previous two weeks while nursing a knee injury. His status for Sunday's game does not figure to be confirmed until he goes through some warmups prior to kickoff. Should the rookie ultimately remain sidelined, Ronald Blair and Elivis Dumervil would likely continue seeing increased snaps.

November 12, 2017 03:04 PM
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Unavailable Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Though Thomas was able to practice on a limited basis this week, the 49ers weren't willing to take any chances with the No. 3 overall pick Sunday with a bye approaching in Week 11. It's expected that Thomas will be fully recovered from his MCL sprain for the team's next contest Nov. 26 against the Seahawks, at which point he should reclaim a starting role along the defensive line.

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