Deonte Thompson

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #10
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #10

Deonte Thompson News

Released by Jets

Thompson was released by the Jets on Saturday, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Thompson, who was set to begin his ninth NFL season, will now try to find work with another team. The veteran hauled in 17 passes for 161 yards playing for the Bills and Cowboys last season.

Aug 31, 2019 2:17 PM EST

Signs with Jets

Thompson signed a contract with the Jets on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Thompson played in 13 games in 2018 while with the Cowboys and the Bills, totaling 17 receptions for 161 yards on the season. If he makes the Jets' final roster in 2019 it will likely be as a depth receiver and special teams player.

May 21, 2019 8:59 AM EST

More journeyman journeys?

Thompson, who played eight games for the Cowboys this season before spending five more with the Bills (he missed the finale with a toe injury), will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Analysis: Thompson, while still speedy, is primarily a depth receiver at this stage of his career and caught only 17 balls for 161 yards and no touchdowns last season. The Bills like him enough that they've had him for three different stints, but he'll be 30 next month and may be phased out as the team continues to rework the position group. At best, he'll end up as a No. 4-5-6 receiver in 2019.

Jan 19, 2019 12:37 PM EST

Will not play Sunday

Thompson (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Thompson missed each day of practice this week. The Florida product sustained the injury during last week's loss to the Patriots. In Thompson's absence, Da'Mari Scott and Victor Bolden could each see increased workloads.

Dec 28, 2018 1:12 PM EST

Another missed practice

Thompson (toe) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday.

Analysis: It's looking pretty slim the veteran will play in the finale, which would perhaps give rookie Ray-Ray McCloud a few looks as a depth option in the offense after being a healthy scratch for several weeks this season.

Dec 27, 2018 12:17 PM EST

Missing first practice of Week 17

Coach Sean McDermott said Thompson (toe) wouldn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: After exiting the Week 16 loss to the Patriots with the toe issue, Thompson will probably need to make it back to the practice field in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a shot at suiting up in Sunday's season finale against the Dolphins. If active for the contest, Thompson would likely rank as nothing more than the Bills' No. 4 option at wideout, a role that wouldn't lend itself to much fantasy utility.

Dec 26, 2018 11:08 AM EST

Questionable to return

Thompson is questionable to return to Sunday's game with a toe injury.

Analysis: The severity of Thompson's toe injury is not yet well known. With Thompson temporarily sidelined, Da'Mari Scott and Victor Bolden could see a small increase in workload. More details regarding Thompson's injury will likely surface after Sunday's game.

Dec 23, 2018 12:43 PM EST

No immediate impact

Thompson was targeted three times in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, but didn't catch a pass and only saw 16 snaps on offense.

Analysis: The Bills snapped up old friend Thompson after he was dropped by the Cowboys during Buffalo's bye week, but it looks like for now the team wants to get a look at younger, faster receivers in Isaiah McKenzie and Robert Foster, both of whom saw more time on the field than Thompson and had a far bigger impact in the game's outcome. Even with Kelvin Benjamin's role shrinking by the week, Thompson looks like the No. 5 or No. 6 option among wideouts at present, with a chance to try and stick with the team over the offseason.

Nov 26, 2018 10:57 AM EST

New target for Allen

The Bills have signed Thompson.

Analysis: This will be Thompson's third stint with the Bills. He re-joins the team after being released by the Cowboys following eight games this season, in which he hauled in 14 of his 20 targets for 124 yards. Thompson adds depth to a Buffalo wideout corps that has struggled most of the season, but did show some life in Week 10's 41-10 win over the Jets. As the season progresses, Thompson's fantasy upside hinges on his ability to develop chemistry with QB Josh Allen, but until a connection on that front develops, the speedy wideout is off the fantasy radar.

Nov 14, 2018 12:13 PM EST

Cut loose by Cowboys

The Cowboys released Thompson (ribs) on Friday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: After inking a deal with the Cowboys in March, Thompson was beset by Achilles and shoulder injuries during the offseason program and preseason, released on cut-down day Sept. 1, and re-signed three days later when Noah Brown (hamstring) was placed on IR. Dallas activated Brown to the 53-man roster Friday, which necessitated a roster move. Thompson was the casualty, ending his Cowboys tenure with 14 catches (on 20 targets) for 124 yards and no touchdowns in eight games.

Nov 9, 2018 12:13 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Thompson (ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Thompson was unable to practice to begin the week, so his limited participation is a step in the right direction. The depth wideout continues to progress in his recovery from a rib injury sustained during a Week 9 loss to the Titans, and should be considered questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Eagles. If Thompson is unable to suit up, Jourdan Lewis will serve as the Cowboys' top kick returner.

Nov 8, 2018 1:43 PM EST

Nursing hip injury

Thompson did not practice Wednesday due to a hip injury, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Thompson appears to have suffered a hip injury during Monday's loss to the Titans. The wideout has eclipsed 20 yards only once since Week 3, and remains behind Amari Cooper, Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin (groin) on Dallas' depth chart. If Thompson is unable to suit up against the Eagles in Week 10, his absence is unlikely to notably impact the Cowboys' offense.

Nov 7, 2018 2:16 PM EST

Targeted once in loss

Thompson failed to convert his only target into a catch during Sunday's 20-17 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Thompson has now been catchless in two of his last four games and hasn't reached 20 yards in a single contest since Week 3. Things aren't likely to get better after the bye. Not only does Dallas take on a pesky Titans pass defense ranked eighth in passing yards per game at 226, but new acquisition Amari Cooper figures to vacuum up whatever limited looks Thompson was receiving on offense.

Oct 23, 2018 8:42 PM EST

Available Sunday

Thompson (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Thompson has totaled just six targets the past three games, hasn't surpassed 33 yards receiving in a given game this season and has yet to record a touchdown as a Cowboy. To make matters worse, he's taking on a Jacksonville defense that ranks first against the pass (191 yards per game).

Oct 14, 2018 12:09 PM EST

Added to injury report

Thompson was added to the injury report Friday with a hamstring injury and listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Given his role as part of a wideout committee in a struggling offense, Thompson won't hold much appeal even if he's cleared to play. He's caught 11 of 16 targets for 102 yards through five weeks while handling a 47 percent snare. A Week 6 absence would free up a bit more work for Michael Gallup and Tavon Austin.

Oct 12, 2018 12:40 PM EST

Gathers 23 yards

Thompson snatched both of his targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 24-13 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Thompson has settled into the No. 2 receiver role in a Dallas offense that ranks 31st in the league in receiving yards. The veteran has yet to tally 35 yards in a game and doesn't figure to see much of an improvement against Detroit's top-ranked passing defense.

Sep 25, 2018 9:22 PM EST

Four catches in win over Giants

Thompson caught four of five targets for 33 yards in Sunday night's win over the Giants.

Analysis: For the second straight week, Thompson saw five targets from Dak Prescott, and he was actually the Cowboys' most-targeted wide receiver this time around. His longest reception went for only 12 yards, however, and until offensive coordinator Scott Linehan commits to adding a more vertical element to the team's passing game, Thompson's developing chemistry with Prescott still won't provide him with much fantasy value.

Sep 17, 2018 7:48 AM EST

Sees five targets in loss to Panthers

Thompson caught three of five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: All five of the targets came in the fourth quarter on Dallas' final two possessions, when the team was mounting a desperate comeback bid. Thompson's absence from the game plan outside of the two-minute drill suggests he'd need an injury or two above him on the depth chart to have any significant fantasy value, but given the general futility the entire passing game showed in Carolina, his little flicker of late chemistry with Dak Prescott could be enough to earn him a larger role in Week 2.

Sep 10, 2018 9:02 AM EST

Signs with Cowboys

Thompson signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Thompson was initially part of the team's cuts Saturday, but the placement of Noah Brown on injured reserve has reopened a spot for him. The veteran wideout should provide some depth at wideout for the Cowboys after totaling 38 catches for 555 yards and two scores last season.

Sep 4, 2018 8:58 AM EST

Let go Saturday

The Cowboys released Thompson on Saturday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Thompson was brought in before Dez Bryant's release in mid-April, but the veteran wide receiver was unable to take advantage of the situation, missing a portion of the offseason program, training camp and the preseason due to injuries to his Achilles and shoulder. With his health perhaps still in question, the Cowboys will ride Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and rookie Michael Gallup to start the season.

Sep 1, 2018 2:24 PM EST

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