|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 265 lb.|
|Born:||August 2, 1996|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 6 (211)|
Thomas doesn't appear to have job security, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Thomas had four touchdown receptions as a rookie in 2018 but was limited to five games and 67 offensive snaps in 2019 after a cracked rib at the end of August sent him to injured reserve. Meanwhile, Darren Fells and Jordan Akins split playing time at tight end, combining for a 70-759-9 receiving line on 103 targets. Both appear locked in for 2020 roster spots, and 2019 third-round pick Kahale Warring also figures to join the competition after a preseason concussion led the Texans to stash him on IR for the entirety of his rookie campaign. Houston did run the second-most plays (349) out of 12 personnel (one RB, two TEs) in 2019, so it wouldn't be a major surprise if GM/coach Bill O'Brien kept four tight ends on his 53-man roster. Even so, Thomas is looking at a difficult path to snaps and targets.
Thomas caught is only target for seven yards in Sunday's 51-31 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Thomas, who caught four touchdown passes as a rookie in 2018, entered 2019 as a leading candidate to become the No. 1 tight end but lost ground to Darren Fells and Jordan Akins. He sustained a rib injury in the preseason finale but was one of Houston's injured players designated for return, although Thomas failed to make an impact upon his return. The 23-year-old finished with just one catch on three targets during the regular season. He's one of three tight ends under contract for next season, joining Akins and injured rookie Kahale Warring (concussion).
Thomas played eight of 69 snaps and was not targeted in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in an AFC Wild Card playoff game.
Analysis: Thomas was elevated to the second tight end spot after the Texans made Jordan Akins (hamstring) inactive. Thomas, who was one of Houston's designated players to return from injured reserve, has done very little since coming off IR. His most active game was in the meaningless regular-season finale when he caught one of three targets for eight yards while playing 38 snaps.
Thomas (illness) does not have an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills.
Analysis: Thomas was unable to practice due to an ailment Wednesday, but he's now resumed participating without limitations. He stands to play his usual rotational role in Houston's tight end corps against the Bills on Saturday.
Thomas (illness) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: It's unclear as to the specifics of the illness for the tight end, however, the fact that he was forced to miss practice is a negative sign. Thomas has caught just one of three targets for eight yards this season, so his absence likely won't affect the team on offense.
Thomas did not dress for Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay in Week 16.
Analysis: Thomas was one of Houston's injured players designated for return, but he's done little since rejoining the active roster. He played a total of 29 snaps in four games before an inactive designation for Week 16.
Thomas was not targeted over 14 snaps in Sunday's 28-22 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: Thomas was active for the second week and doubled his playing time, but he did not have a target for the second straight game. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said Thomas' workload will increase over the weeks, but it remains to be seen if he'll overtake starter Darren Fells or top backup Jordan Akins.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that he intends to incorporate Thomas into a larger role on offense as the season progresses, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Thomas played seven snaps on offense during Thursday's win over the Colts, his 2019 debut, but he was not targeted. The second-year pro spent the first 10 games of the season on IR due to a cracked rib, and it appears as though he'll be eased into a larger workload down the stretch. Darren Fells and Jordan Akins have both played consistent roles in Houston's offense this season, especially in the red zone, so it remains to be seen how reps will be divvied among the team's tight end corps when Thomas is back to full speed.
The Texans have activated Thomas (ribs) off IR in advance of Thursday night's game against the Colts.
Analysis: Thomas, who cracked a rib during the preseason, caught 20 passes for 215 yards and four TDs as a rookie last season. He'll add depth to the Texans' tight end corps behind Darren Fells and Jordan Akins, but we'd like to see him get a full and productive game in before endorsing him as a fantasy lineup option.
Thomas (ribs) is not participating at practice Wednesday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Thomas was placed on injured reserve prior to Week 1 and is eligible to resume practicing this week for his potential activation, but he isn't ready to retake the field. It's unclear if the 2018 sixth-round pick is expected to return soon or remain on injured reserve.
Thomas (cracked rib) has been placed on IR, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The same applies to fellow tight end Kahale Warring (concussion), which explains why the Texans signed Logan Paulsen earlier in the day. For now, Jordan Akins profiles as the team's top pass-catching option at the position.
Thomas suffered a rib injury in Houston's preseason finale against the Rams, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: It was a surprise to see him playing in the contest, much less handling a 77 percent snap share. The usage implies Thomas has fallen behind Jordan Akins and possibly Darren Fells, missing out on an opportunity to run away with the top job at tight end. Adding in a rib injury and the recent trade for wide receiver Kenny Stills, it's been a rough couple weeks for Thomas as the regular-season opener draws near. His availability for Sunday's game against the Saints now appears in question.
Thomas played 77 percent of the snaps in Houston's final preseason game, catching two of three targets for 19 yards in a loss to the Rams.
Analysis: That Thomas played most of preseason Week 4 while Jordan Akins and Darren Fells didn't play should give watchers a glimpse into coach Bill O'Brien's depth chart. Thomas, who caught four touchdown passes as a rookie in 2018, entered camp atop the depth chart before losing ground.
Thomas secured two of five targets for 17 yards in the Texans' 30-23 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday.
Analysis: Thomas had previously battled a hamstring injury that had kept him out of last week's exhibition opener, but he was able to practice throughout the week and then make his preseason debut. The 2018 sixth-round pick showed some promise last season while bringing in 20 of 27 targets for 215 yards and four touchdowns across 16 games and only being charged with one drop. Looking ahead to the coming season, Thomas currently sits atop the depth chart at the tight end position, and he'll presumably only have to hold off fellow second-year pro Jordan Akins to retain that slotting.
Thomas (hamstring) is returning to practice Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Held out of the preseason opener, Thomas did some side work with quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday and now has clearance to resume practicing. The second-year pro is the early favorite to start at tight end, but he may face competition for playing time from some combination of Jordan Akins, Kahale Warring (hamstring) and Darren Fells.
Thomas (hamstring) wasn't a full participant during Sunday's practice, but was able to work with quarterback Deshaun Watson post-practice, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Thomas has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, but was able to get some work in with his starting quarterback Sunday. This is great news for Thomas, condsidering he's battling with Jordan Akins and Kahale Warring for the Texans' starting tight end role. Expect the team to keep updating Thomas' status on a daily basis.
Thomas did not practice Wednesday due to a hamstring issue, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Thomas kicked off training camp atop Houston's depth chart at the tight end position, but appears to be competing with Jordan Akins and rookie Kahale Warring for the true starting role. As long as Thomas remains sidelined, Akins and Warring stand to see increased reps with the first team.
Thomas is at the top of the depth chart as the Texans prepare to kick of training camp next week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Thomas, a 2018 sixth-round pick, had a successful season as a rookie, catching 20 passes on 27 targets for 215 yards and four touchdowns. While he enters camp atop the depth chart, there will be competition from fellow 2018 draft pick Jordan Akins and 2019 third-round pick Kahale Warring. A committee approach may be the preferred strategy. "We've got a rotation going. So, you never know until you get into training camp. It's going to be a great competition. All of us are great athletes and we bring different things to the table, so I think that all of us will get some time but we'll see," said Thomas.
Thomas has been working as the No. 1 tight end at OTAs, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Ryan Griffin's release leaves Houston with one veteran blocking specialist (Darren Fells) and three recent draft picks at tight end. Thomas was only a sixth-round selection last year, but he started 10 games and posted a 20-215-4 receiving line on 27 targets, while third-round pick Jordan Akins made six starts and went for 17-225-0 on 25 chances. Houston then used a 2019 third-round pick on Kahale Warring, an impressive athlete who caught just 51 passes during his college career at San Diego State. With Warring likely needing some time to develop, Thomas and Akins will battle this summer for the top pass-catching role. Houston tight ends accounted for 95 targets (T-17th) last season, representing 19.3 percent (13th) of total team volume.
Thomas caught his lone target for six yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: This was the third straight week that Thomas was limited to one target, as Houston's tight ends are an ignored bunch. He finished the regular season with four touchdowns to lead the position group, but Houston's passing attack focuses mainly on the wide receivers.
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