College: Indiana | Rookie
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 260 lbs
Birth Date: 6/6/1996
2019 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 TE
Thomas got some starts his rookie season because of an injury to Greg Olsen. Thomas showed his potential late in the year, having four or more receptions four of his last five games. He also topped 60 yards in two of those games. Thomas proved he could be a starter for the Panthers, a role he should serve once Olsen hangs it up. But for now, Thomas is the top backup for the Panthers. Thomas is a good route runner and plus athlete. He does a good job of separating from defenders. Thomas also is a willing blocker and should improve in that area even more over time.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Thomas has a limited celling as long as Olsen is around. But if Olsen gets hurt again, Thomas can be worth a look as a fantasy starter. He proved that last year. But for now, look for around 30 receptions for 300 yards and a few scores.
As a rookie backup to Greg Olsen, not much was expected from Panthers tight endIan Thomas in 2018. In 16 games, he caught 36 balls for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Not impressive by any means. But with Cam Newton hopefully healthy after offseason shoulder surgery and the big-bodied Devin Funchess now with the Colts, Ian Thomas could be in for a heap of work in 2019.Greg Olsen, coming back from a foot injury suffered in 2017 only managed to play in nine games again in 2018. Heading into what will be his age-35 season, health is not his friend and Thomas at 23 is the next man in line. We have seen in recent seasons how Newton likes to use the tight end with Olsen having fantasy finishes as high as TE2 overall and no worse than TE7 in the five seasons from 2012 until 2016 before his injuries started to compile.As the backup to start and without a healthy quarterback to finish, Thomas was set up for failure last season. A set up which is now less likely as D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey all look to make things a lot easier on him by taking their own steps forward in the offense. If Thomas gets a chance to shine this season he will. But this is far from a certainty, which is why he shouldnt be drafted in single-season leagues besides best-ball as an 18th-round option. In dynasty leagues, he should have much more value and can be considered a solid stash.
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Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas (leg) was seen riding the stationary bike on the sidelines during offseason practices, and his left leg was wrapped in a sleeve. Head coach Ron Rivera said he is hopeful Thomas will be ready to go for training camp and the preseason. Thomas figured to have a large role heading into 2019, but veteran Greg Olsen is back. As long as Olsen (foot) can remain healthy, Thomas will likely see sporadic playing time. However, Olsen's health has been a major concern over the past two seasons, and Thomas could be just one play away from a big role. He is one to remember for waiver wire purposes during the season.