The Lions signed Thomas to a reserve/future contract Tuesday.
Analysis: Thomas was waived off IR by the Colts with an injury settlement and didn't appear in a game during the 2021 campaign. He's appeared in just 11 contests for three different teams (Houston, Arizona, New England) since recording 20 receptions for 215 yards and four touchdowns across 16 appearances during his rookie season in 2018.
Jan 18, 2022 1:26 PM EST
Thomas (undisclosed) has been waived off IR by the Colts with an injury settlement, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: The 2018 sixth-rounder saw action in six games last season between the Cardinals and Patriots, catching one of his two targets for a three-yard TD. Now that he's been waived off IR, Thomas is free to catch on with another team as a depth tight end option.
Sep 6, 2021 7:50 AM EST
Thomas (undisclosed) reverted to Indianapolis' injured reserve list Wednesday, per the NFL's official transactions report.
Analysis: Thomas appeared in six games between the Cardinals and Patriots last season, in which span he secured one of two targets for a three-yard touchdown. The nature of his current injury remains undisclosed.
Sep 1, 2021 11:25 AM EST
The Colts waived Thomas (undisclosed) with an injury designation Tuesday.
Analysis: The extent of Thomas' injury is unknown, but he will revert to the Colts' injured reserve if he clears waivers. He has spent time with the Patriots, Texans and Cardinals during his first three years in the league.
Aug 31, 2021 3:28 PM EST
Thomas signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Tuesday.
Analysis: The tight end has become a bit of a journeyman through his first three years in the league, logging stints with the Patriots, Texans and Cardinals. In the 2018 season with the Texans, Thomas recorded 20 receptions for 215 yards and four touchdowns. However, in the two seasons since, he has only logged two receptions.
Jan 5, 2021 7:55 PM EST
Thomas was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and subsequently waived, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas was claimed off Waivers from the Cardinals earlier this season in an attempt to address a plethora of injuries at the tight end position. He was a consistent game-day inactive in recent weeks, so this move is relatively unsurprising.
Dec 30, 2020 4:21 PM EST
Thomas was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: This provides an explanation for why Thomas was ruled out for Monday's game against the Bills. If he clears the necessary protocols, Thomas could return to the field for the season finale against the Jets.
Dec 26, 2020 2:32 PM EST
Thomas (not injury related) has been ruled out for Monday's game versus the Bills, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: It's unclear exactly why Thomas won't play in the Week 16 divisional bout. The third-year tight end is often a healthy scratch, so it's possible that he's simply not in the game plan this week.
Dec 26, 2020 1:49 PM EST
Thomas (healthy scratch) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Rams, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Even with Ryan Izzo (neck) having been placed on IR, Thomas won't factor into New England's gameplan against the Rams. Instead, the Patriots will roll with rookie tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene.
Dec 10, 2020 4:20 PM EST
Thomas was on the field for seven snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Texans.
Analysis: Thomas didn't catch his only target in his debut with the Patriots, but going forward the 6-foot-5, 277-pounder has the size and skill emerge as a factor in the team's passing attack. Fantasy relevance for the 2018 sixth-rounder is another story, however, as tight ends haven't been a big part of New England's attack this season.
Nov 23, 2020 11:30 AM EST
Thomas (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Ravens, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on Monday, Thomas cleared COVID-19 protocols Saturday and technically was in consideration for a spot on the game-day roster. However, with no practice reps with the Pats to date, the team will keep him on the sideline Sunday, leaving Ryan Izzo as New England's only available tight end.
Nov 15, 2020 4:20 PM EST
Thomas has cleared the COVID-19 protocols and moved to the Patriots' 53-man roster, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Monday, and he's immediately eligible to play against the Ravens on Sunday night. The team sorely needs depth at tight end, as the only other healthy tight end is Ryan Izzo, who is questionable with a hamstring injury.
Nov 14, 2020 5:22 PM EST
The Patriots have claimed Thomas on waivers from the Cardinals, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With the Patriots playing Monday night against the Jets, the move will become official Tuesday, but Thomas will bolster the team's depth at tight end down the road. With Devin Asiasi on IR and Dalton Keene out this week, Ryan Izzo is currently the team's top healthy option at the position.
Nov 9, 2020 2:08 PM EST
The Cardinals waived Thomas on Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals brought Thomas in after Maxx Williams suffered an ankle injury in the season opener and was subsequently put on IR. Williams is returning this week, so they cut Thomas, who caught just one pass -- a three-yard touchdown -- over four games.
Nov 7, 2020 4:25 PM EST
Thomas had a three-yard touchdown during Sunday's 31-21 defeat in Carolina.
Analysis: Thomas took full advantage of his only snap on offense, kicking off the Cardinals' scoring in the middle of the second quarter. As merely the third tight end behind Dan Arnold and Darrell Daniels as long as Maxx Williams (ankle) is sidelined, Thomas has just two offensive snaps to his name in three appearances, so it's difficult to project any sort of value for the 24-year-old.
Oct 6, 2020 10:10 AM EST
The Cardinals promoted Thomas to the active roster Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Thomas played for the Cardinals in Week 2 before reverting to the practice squad, but he signed with the active roster now that Maxx Williams (ankle) is on injured reserve. Williams will be out at least three weeks, so expect Thomas to operate in a run-blocking role during that time.
Sep 22, 2020 6:50 PM EST
Thomas is slated to sign with Arizona's practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Thomas wasn't able to earn a roster spot in Houston's crowded tight end room, but he'll now get a chance to prove his worth with the Cardinals. Across five games with the Texans in 2019, he had one catch for eight yards.
Sep 6, 2020 6:17 PM EST
Thomas was waived by the Texans on Saturday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Head coach Bill O'Brien praised Thomas for his playmaking ability early in training camp, bu the ultimately couldn't beat out 2019 third-round pick Kahale Warring for the No. 3 TE role. Thomas showed some potential during his rookie season in 2018, recording 20 receptions for 215 yards and four scores, so he may seek a depth role elsewhere.
Sep 5, 2020 3:51 PM EST
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Thomas has looked good in training camp, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "[Thomas] came back in great shape. He's really lost a lot of weight, running good, catching the ball, blocking, so he's got to keep it going," O'Brien said. "He got in and out of his breaks well."
Analysis: Thomas entered training camp on the bubble because Darren Fells and Jordan Akins are locks after combining for 70-759-9 last year and Kahale Warring -- a 2019 third-round pick -- will get his first real opportunity after spending last year on IR with a concussion. It's a positive sign that Thomas is already drawing praise from O'Brien, and it appears there's a good chance he makes the final roster.
Aug 14, 2020 5:19 PM EST
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.
Apr 15, 2020 7:55 AM EST
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