Thomas caught nine of 11 targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
Thomas struggled earlier this season when Greg Olsen was out with a foot injury, but the rookie tight end looked much more comfortable taking over as the starter this time around. He led the Panthers in targets and catches while coming up only three receiving yards short of Curtis Samuel's team-leading total. With Olsen on injured reserve, Thomas will be a popular waiver wire add ahead of a Week 15 matchup with a Saints team that just gave up two touchdowns to Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate.
Thomas is primed for a key role with teammate Greg Olsen (foot) out for the season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Thomas was unable to capitalize on Olsen's absence the first time around, catching eight of 14 targets for 68 yards in three games (Weeks 2-5) while averaging 54.7 snaps per contest. However, the rookie fourth-round pick looked much better in Sunday's 24-17 loss to Tampa Bay, catching each of his five targets for 46 yards after hauling in just one pass over the previous seven weeks. Thomas will kick off his second run in the starting role with a favorable Week 14 matchup at Cleveland, facing a defense that's given up the most catches (75) and targets (111) to tight ends, albeit with a mark of just 6.5 yards per target.
Thomas caught all five of his targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Thomas hadn't caught a pass in four games, but he was thrust into a larger role after Greg Olsen left with a foot injury. He finished third on the team in receiving yards, displaying a solid rapport with Cam Newton on short pass routes. Olsen's injury will likely end his season, reinserting Thomas as the team's top tight end down the stretch. He'll hope to improve upon his production from earlier this year and should enjoy a boost in fantasy value next Sunday against the Browns.
Thomas caught his only target for 15 yards in Sunday's 36-21 win over the Ravens.
Thomas played eight offensive snaps working behind Greg Olsen at tight end. Although that role hasn't proven conducive to much production at all, he at least caught his lone look in Week 8.
Thomas did not play a snap on offense in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Eagles.
Thomas has been relegated to special teams duty in light of Greg Olsen returning from injury to claim his every-down role at tight end.
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