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Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Date of Birth:  06/06/1996
Age:  26
Height  6'4"
Weight:   259
College:  Indiana
Drafted:  2018 | Round 4 | Pick 101
Depth Chart:  Starter

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE


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WOLF SPORTS PROJECTION

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

The Panthers extended Ian Thomas.

Thomas, who was set to become a free agent this offseason, is staying with Carolina on a new three-year deal. Thomas had 18 receptions for 188 yards last season, and he's also a plus as a blocker at the position. Led by Tommy Tremble and Thomas, the Panthers are in a good spot at tight end ahead of free agency and the draft.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas is dealing with a toe injury.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule says he expects Thomas back soon, but keep in mind that Week 1 is fast approaching, so it's no lock that the young tight end is ready to face the Raiders to open the year. Thomas is going undrafted or toward the end of most fantasy drafts.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas impresses in Week 14 start.

With Greg Olsen (concussion) out of the lineup, the second-year tight end caught five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown, which came in the first quarter to tie things at 10-10 before Atlanta pulled away from the Panthers. Thomas will continue to be blocked by Olsen over the final three games (assuming the veteran clears the protocol), but his dynasty stock is in a good spot, and we may see more playing time for him down the stretch under new offensive play-caller Scott Turner. A matchup against Seattle next week would put Thomas on the streaming radar again if Olsen can't get cleared.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Thomas was able to find the end zone from eight yards away in the first half. The 22-year-old ends his rookie campaign with 36 receptions for 333 yards and two touchdowns, showing tremendous promise in six starts. He will open 2019 as the No. 2 tight end behind Greg Olsen, but Thomas' stock is pointing up in dynasty leagues.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas scores first NFL touchdown against the Falcons.

Thomas caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 16 loss. The rookie tight end scored at the goal line on a nice catch he went up to get in the red zone, and it was the first of both his career and quarterback Taylor Heinicke's career. Congrats to Thomas on his first NFL touchdown, and hopefully it's the first of many for him.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught two passes for 14 yards in Monday night's loss to the Saints.

It was a tough matchup for Thomas, but the rookie has a chance to bounce back next week against the Falcons. Consider him a quality TE2 option for the fantasy championship.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught nine passes for 77 yards in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Thomas made the most of his team-high 11 targets, but it wasn't enough for Carolina to snap their losing streak and drop to 6-7. The rookie should continue to be a factor over the final three games, but he will face New Orleans twice, including next Monday night. Consider Thomas a quality TE2.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught five passes for 46 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bucs.

Thomas was able to bring in all five of his looks in relief of Greg Olsen (foot), and the rookie will start the rest of the way for Carolina. He is worth considering as a streamer in a good spot against the Browns in Week 14, and extended playing time should hopefully give him confidence in 2019 and beyond for dynasty owners.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas catches 15-yard pass in win over the Ravens.

It was his only reception of the game. Thomas has a bright future in dynasty leagues, but he's not a fantasy option as a rookie behind Greg Olsen.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught three passes for 38 yards in Carolina's win over the Giants.

Thomas remains an interesting prospect in dynasty leagues, but he doesn't need to be owned with Greg Olsen (foot) potentially nearing a return. The rookie isn't a recommended fantasy option, but we'll see if he can make an impact next Sunday against the Redskins.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught three passes for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Thomas was largely held in check besides an 18-yard reception to pickup a first down on one of Carolina's scoring drives. The rookie heads into the bye with just 4.9 yards per reception on no scores on seven grabs, but he should again be worth considering in two-TE leagues with Greg Olsen (foot) out in Week 5.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught two passes for ten yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

The rookie also dropped a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it didn't end up costing Carolina on the drive. Thomas has the talent to make an impact with Greg Olsen (foot) out of the lineup, but first-year players usually have a difficult time producing at tight end, so the fourth-rounder isn't a recommended fantasy option right now. He faces the Bengals in Week 3.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

Ian Thomas caught two passes for four yards in Carolina's win over the Cowboys.

Thomas got his first reception out of the way in his NFL debut, and he could soon be making his first career start with Greg Olsen (foot) in a walking boot and on crutches. The third-round pick is suddenly on the fantasy radar in redraft leagues and could work his way to TE1 value as a rookie.

Ian Thomas | Panthers TE

The Panthers have selected Indiana tight end Ian Thomas with the 101st pick (fourth round) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Thomas was one of the biggest risers in the pre-draft process, and deservedly so. The six-foot-four target has huge hands and and all-around skillset that the Panthers will use to pair with Greg Olsen, who just signed a two-year extension through 2019. After that, Thomas could take over if he unlocks his potential, which he's in a good spot to do with Olsen teaching him. Keep an eye on the Indiana product in dynasty leagues.