|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 248 lb.|
|Born:||July 1, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 4 (120)|
Thomas caught all four of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 25-3 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Thomas finished second on the team in most major receiving categories and scored an impressive 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter. This was Thomas' second straight game with a touchdown while he set a new season high in yardage and tied his best output of four receptions. He should be a key cog in the offense again next Sunday against the Giants as he looks to build on this strong effort.
Thomas (neck) practiced fully Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: A DNP to kick off Week 7 prep, Thomas bumped all the way up to full capacity within one day, paving the way for him to serve as Washington's No. 1 TE this weekend. He has an exploitable matchup Sunday against a Cowboys defense that has allowed a 74.4 percent catch rate (eighth worst) to opposing tight ends this season.
Thomas (neck) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Serving as Washington's primary tight end this season, Thomas has yet to surpass 50 receiving yards in any given game. Still, he's had multiple catches on four occasions and two touchdowns through four games, so he has a bit of utility. Thomas will aim to fit in some practice by week's end.
Thomas brought in three of four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Washington Football Team's 20-19 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: The journeyman tight end finally returned to the end zone after a four-game drought, making an impressive contested catch in the left corner of the end zone late in the first half. Thomas' yardage tally, modest as it was, qualified as a season high for Thomas, and Sunday marked his first game with multiple receptions since Week 3. Thomas will look to carry over the momentum from Sunday's productive effort into a Week 7 home showdown against the Cowboys.
Thomas caught one of four targets for four yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: The switch to Kyle Allen (arm) at quarterback didn't help Thomas, nor did it help any of the Washington pass catchers. Allen actually played decent in the first half, but he left the game with an arm injury and never returned after the break. Thomas still has an every-down role, but his heavy target volume from the first three weeks of the season has dropped off, and he still isn't putting up efficient numbers with the chances he does get. The tight end will try to rebound Week 6 against the Giants.
Thomas played 93 percent of offensive snaps in Sunday's 31-17 loss to Baltimore, but he was limited to one catch for eight yards on four targets.
Analysis: The snap share actually was a season high, though not much of a difference from Week 2 (91 percent) or Week 3 (86 percent). His receiving stats, on the other hand, were season lows across the board, with Thomas falling shy of seven targets and four catches for the first time this year. It does make sense that QB Dwayne Haskins would start to look toward other players, as his connection with Thomas hasn't been especially strong. The tight end has a 46.4 percent catch rate and 3.6 yards per target, ranking dead last in both stats among all qualified pass catchers at his position. Thomas does get a decent matchup Week 5, with Washington playing host to a Rams squad that's given up the 12th-most PPR points to tight ends this season. Granted, that's largely been based on touchdowns (three) and overall volume (9.3 targets per game) rather than yardage efficiency (4.5 YPT).
Thomas caught four of seven targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Browns, playing 85 percent of snaps on offense.
Analysis: Thomas has finished first or second on the team in targets in every game this season, but it hasn't translated to consistent production, as he's now on pace for a 64-501-5 receiving line on 128 targets. If nothing else, his catch rate should improve as the year moves along, though efficient production may be too much to ask for in an offense with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback. Thomas is tied for the second-most targets (24) among tight ends, so he's at least on the map as a low-end fantasy option for Week 4 against the Ravens.
Thomas caught four of nine targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Dwayne Haskins once again looked for his tight end often but wasn't quite on the same page as Thomas, and the duo's longest connection went for only 10 yards. It's still encouraging that he's seen 17 targets through two games, and he could find success in Week 3 against a Browns defense that just let C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) and Drew Sample combine for 11 catches, 87 yards and a TD.
Thomas caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown on a team-high eight targets in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Jeremy Sprinkle technically got the start at tight end, but he was limited to 40 percent of offensive snaps and zero targets, while Thomas was on the field for 74 percent of plays. Given his solid performance, Thomas figures to continue in his role as Washington's top pass-catching TE for Week 2 at Arizona, though he isn't a great bet to lead the team in targets again.
Thomas is listed as a starter on Washington's initial 2020 depth chart.
Analysis: This was fully expected after multiple reports out of training camp relayed that Thomas received most of the first-team snaps. He won't necessarily have a three-down role, but the 29-year-old does figure to see more targets than Jeremy Sprinkle and Marcus Baugh, potentially setting up a rare late-20s breakout. It wouldn't necessarily be the type of breakout that leads to mainstream fantasy value, but Thomas does have a good chance to set career highs in every major receiving category.
Thomas was the most heavily targeted player on the first-team offense at Tuesday's practice, coming away with five catches and a touchdown, Kyle Stackpole of the official team website reports.
Analysis: Thomas has built up some hype throughout training camp, with Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post supporting the notion of the 29-year-old emerging as Washington's top tight end. A two-year, $6.15 million contract may seem modest, but it's a big investment relative to what the team spent on Jeremy Sprinkle (2017 fifth-round pick), Richard Rodgers (veteran minimum contract), Hale Hentges (UDFA) and Marcus Baugh (UDFA). It seems the Washington front office saw potential in the former QB last season when he posted a 16-173-1 receiving line on 28 targets for the Lions. It may still feel like a stretch to draft Thomas in most fantasy leagues, but there's no question the Washington offense will have targets up for grabs among unproven players behind Terry McLaurin.
Thomas and Marcus Baugh worked with pass catchers during individual drills at Thursday's practice, while the other Washington tight ends were put in blocking drills, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Signed to a two-year, $6.2 million contract this offseason, Thomas is gearing up for a significant role in the Washington offense, perhaps becoming a starter for the first time in his age-29 season. That said, he won't necessarily handle a three-down role, and his new team is a good bet to land near the bottom of the league in cumulative TE targets. Thomas is an easy choice for fantasy managers interested in a Washington tight end, but in most cases the better option is to avoid the mess altogether.
The Washington Football Team activated Thomas (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.
Analysis: When Thomas signed on the dotted line back in March, he joined a team devoid of depth at tight end, with Jordan Reed moving on after frequent concussions and Vernon Davis opting to retire. Aside from Thomas, the group currently includes Jeremy Sprinkle, Richard Rodgers and undrafted rookie Thaddeus Moss (foot), among others. That said, Thomas' start to camp was delayed due to his stay on the COVID list. Now cleared for action, he's coming off a 2019 campaign with the Lions in which he posted a 16-173-1 line on 28 targets.
Thomas has been placed on Washington's Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Thomas' placement there doesn't necessarily indicate that he has COVID-19, as the list was created by the league for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or who have been been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Thomas is slated to compete for Washington's starting job at tight end.
Thomas has a good chance to win Washington's starting job at tight end, according to Kyle Stackpole of the official team website.
Analysis: The Virginia Tech quarterback turned 2014 fourth-round pick has drifted around the NFL as a backup tight end, with last season's 16-173-1 receiving line in Detroit representing a career-best performance. It may not sound like much, but Washington saw enough to give Thomas a two-year, $6.15 million contract, which is the largest commitment to any player in a tight-end room full of journeymen and undrafted youngsters. Coach Ron Rivera compared Thomas to Greg Olsen in terms of athleticism, and while that's likely an exaggeration, the soon-to-be 29-year-old does have a nice opportunity ahead. Competition for snaps consists of Jeremy Sprinkle, Richard Rodgers, Hale Hentges and Thaddeus Moss.
Thomas is signing with Washington, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas will have a nice opportunity to earn playing time in Washington, where both Jordan Reed (free agent) and Vernon Davis (retired) have exited the picture at tight end. The team finished out 2019 with Jeremy Sprinkle and Hale Hentges atop its depth chart, while Thomas served as the No. 2 tight end in Detroit after T.J. Hockenson suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Thomas played quarterback at Virginia Tech from 2010 to 2013, so he's arguably still a work in progress as he prepares for his age-29 season. Washington eventually figures to bring in more competition at tight end.
Thomas, who caught one of three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's finale against Green Bay, finished the 2019 season with 16 catches (28 targets) for 173 yards and one touchdown in 16 games.
Analysis: While Thomas has had a slow but steady transition from quarterback to tight end over the past few years, he modestly set career marks across the board in 2019. Some of that may be due to T.J. Hockenson (ankle) missing time, but in any case, Thomas at least showed himself to be a serviceable depth option who can catch a few passes when called upon. It remains to be seen if any team around the league will reward Thomas this offseason for his development, as the 28-year-old is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.
Thomas caught two of three targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Denver.
Analysis: Thomas has seen a handful of targets each of the past few games with David Blough at quarterback, but the thrower's limitations have significantly capped the upside of all players in this offense. While Thomas wasn't a huge fantasy threat anyway, there's even less of a reason to trust a Lions tight end in fantasy without Matthew Stafford (back) steering the ship.
Thomas failed to catch any of his four targets during Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Thomas shared starting honors with Jesse James and actually wound up as the position leader in offensive snaps by a slim margin. However, he wasn't able to bring down any of the passes that were sent his way and Thomas consequently laid his sixth goose egg in 15 games. Despite the increase in playing time he's experiencing in T.J. Hockenson's (ankle) absence, it's not reasonable to expect a whole lot from the tight end as long as he's catching passes from a backup-caliber quarterback in David Blough.
Thomas caught two of four targets for 21 yards during Sunday's 20-7 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Despite T.J. Hockenson (ankle) going on injured reserve, Thomas wasn't in the starting lineup with Jesse James. However, he ultimately saw 40 offensive snaps and a season-high four targets compared to 38 and two for James, so initially it's looking like Thomas, rather unsurprisingly, will be the bigger beneficiary of Hockenson's absence down the stretch. While Thomas has yet to top three catches or 25 receiving yards this season, he's only seen more than 20 offensive snaps on four occasions prior to this Sunday and this week's matchup with Tampa Bay is about as inviting as it gets.
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