Thomas caught two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over Dallas.
Analysis: Thomas finishes his age-31 season with one touchdown in 14 games, having caught 39 of 61 targets for 323 yards (8.3 YPR, 5.3 YPT). He came back from last year's ACL tear for Week 1 and then returned from a calf injury after missing three games in October, mostly handling a familiar role as Washington's receiving threat at tight end. Thomas wasn't much of a threat in 2022, of course, and he's scheduled for a non-guaranteed $6.275 million base salary in 2023, the second season of his three-year extension, per OverTheCap.
Jan 9, 2023 11:08 AM EST
Thomas recorded six catches on seven targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Thomas was a favorite target of Carson Wentz and tied for the team lead with seven targets. He converted those opportunities at a high rate and recorded gains of 15, 11 and 10 yards. Thomas' production has remained volatile, though he has at least five receptions in three of his last six games.
Jan 1, 2023 9:51 PM EST
Thomas caught six of eight targets for 35 yards in Saturday's 27-20 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Thomas finished with one fewer target than Jahan Dotson (6-76-1) and three more than Terry McLaurin (4-77-1) and Curtis Samuel (5-52-1). Unlike his WR teammates, Thomas didn't have efficient per-target production while facing one of the top defenses in the league. He did finish with more than five catches and six targets for the fist time all year but still has just one game with 50-plus yards in 12 appearances (and one TD). Thomas has played more than half of Washington's offensive snaps in each appearance and should continue in his same role Week 17 against Cleveland and Week 18 versus Dallas.
Dec 26, 2022 5:29 AM EST
Thomas caught one of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Thomas operated as the Commanders' No. 1 tight end, playing 40 of the team's 63 offensive snaps in the contest. Unfortunately, he veteran was unable to make the most of limited opportunities. It's been a mostly disappointing season for Thomas, as he is averaging an abysmal 19.6 receiving yards per game and has scored just one touchdown this season. The 31-year-old remains a very risky fantasy option heading into a Week 16 matchup with the 49ers.
Dec 20, 2022 8:30 PM EST
Thomas caught three of four targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 20-20 tie with the Giants.
Analysis: Thomas played 56 percent of offensive snaps, tying a season low from Week 8 when he was in his first game back from a three-week absence due to a calf injury. Thomas has averaged only 1.8 catches for 17.3 yards in five games since his return, unable to make much of a dent in an offense with talented wide receivers and a busy RB duo. He'll likely continue to get most of the TE snaps in obvious passing situations on the other side of a Week 14 bye when the Commanders face the Giants again.
Dec 5, 2022 9:24 PM EST
Thomas (rib) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Giants, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Thomas has been listed with the rib injury for almost a month now and also dealt with an illness last week. He's caught only eight of 16 targets for 84 yards in five games since returning from a three-game absence due to a calf injury, but the Commanders have stuck with him as their top receiving tight end all the same, using Thomas on more than two-thirds of snaps in four straight games.
Dec 2, 2022 9:44 AM EST
Thomas (rib) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas' rib injury has followed him for three weeks in a row, but he's been able to play through it both of the last two games, combining for six catches (on nine targets) for 72 yards while playing 69 percent of the snaps. Ultimately, Friday's practice report will reveal whether or not the tight end enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's contest at the Giants.
Dec 1, 2022 11:01 AM EST
Thomas (ribs) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas played through the rib injury and an illness Sunday against Atlanta, catching one pass for seven yards on three targets. He's now played five straight games since missing three with a calf injury, averaging only 1.6 catches for 16.8 yards on 3.2 targets despite playing more than half of Washington's offensive snaps in every game, including 68 percent or better the past four weeks. Thomas should be able to play against the Giants on Sunday but can't be relied upon for more than a catch or two.
Nov 30, 2022 10:40 AM EST
Thomas recorded one reception on three targets for seven yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Thomas played through an injury to his ribs and an illness, perhaps a partial explanation for his poor performance. However, he's managed multiple receptions in only two of his last five games and recorded a combined 84 yards in that span. John Bates was more involved in the Commanders' offense against the Falcons, a potentially ominous sign for Thomas moving forward.
Nov 27, 2022 9:01 PM EST
Thomas (ribs/illness) is active Week 12 against the Falcons.
Analysis: Despite catching five of six targets for 65 yards in Week 11, Thomas remained bothered by a ribs injury into the practice week, in addition to dealing with an illness. He'll overcome both of those obstacles to suit up Sunday against Atlanta -- a team that has allowed 62 receptions to opposing tight ends this season, which is tied with Miami for the second-most in the league.
Nov 27, 2022 8:39 AM EST
Thomas (ribs/illness) is in line to play Sunday against the Falcons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: A lingering rib injury followed Thomas into Week 12 prep, limiting him at practice Wednesday and Thursday. But an illness prevented him from any on-field work Friday, leaving him questionable to play Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera told John Keim of ESPN.com on Friday that he expected Thomas to be available this weekend, and Schefter's report backs up that assessment. Still, Thomas' status won't be clarified until about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Nov 26, 2022 8:23 PM EST
Thomas, listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, is dealing with an illness in addition to a rib injury, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: Thomas was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out Friday. It turns out his absence was due to an illness, not a setback with the rib injury, with coach Ron Rivera saying after practice that he expects Thomas to play Sunday against the Falcons. If not, the Commanders will be left with John Bates and Cole Turner as their top tight ends ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Nov 25, 2022 11:41 AM EST
Thomas (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, with Commanders coach Ron Rivera saying Friday that he expects Thomas to play, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas managed limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, after catching five of six targets for a team-high 65 yards in Sunday's win over the Texans. He's otherwise had a quiet season, but he at least runs routes on most of Washington's pass plays whenever he's healthy and does have a history of fantasy utility (mostly in 2020). If Thomas ends up missing the game, which doesn't sound likely, the Commanders will be down to John Bates and Cole Turner at tight end, with the former more of an inline blocker and the latter more likely to run routes from the slot.
Nov 25, 2022 9:54 AM EST
Thomas (ribs) was listed as limited on Tuesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Last week, Thomas kicked it off with back-to-back capped sessions, but a full listing Friday cleared him of a designation ahead of this past Sunday's win at Houston. This time around, he's followed a similar regimen through two practice reports, meaning Friday's version may do the same for a Week 12 matchup with the Falcons.
Nov 24, 2022 2:03 PM EST
Thomas (rib) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: He was listed with the same rib injury last week and ended up catching five of six targets for 65 yards in a win over the Texans. Production like that hasn't been the norm for Thomas this year, but he could have more useful weeks as he's further removed from the ACL tear he suffered last year and the calf injury that cost him three weeks earlier this season. The Commanders host the Falcons in Week 12.
Nov 23, 2022 3:04 PM EST
Thomas caught five passes for 65 yards on six targets against Houston on Sunday.
Analysis: The Texans corners seemed to get the better of the Washington receivers, with Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson combining for just two catches for 23 yards on four targets, and Thomas stepped up accordingly as the defense left him open. It's arguably Thomas' best game of the year so far, so hopefully he can avoid injuries and keep building on his momentum as Washington takes on Atlanta in Week 12.
Nov 20, 2022 1:48 PM EST
Thomas (ribs) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Houston, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas missed Weeks 5-7 with a calf injury and has caught only two of seven targets for 12 yards in three games since returning. He played 72 and 73 percent of offensive snaps in Washington's past two games, but Taylor Heinicke mostly has focused his attention on WR Terry McLaurin and the team's running backs.
Nov 18, 2022 10:09 AM EST
Thomas (ribs) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.
Analysis: After dealing with knee and calf injuries already this season, Thomas now has a rib issue, which so far has resulted in a cap on his reps in both sessions during Week 11 prep. He'll have one more opportunity to get back to full before the Commanders potentially make a ruling on his availability for Sunday's game at Houston.
Nov 17, 2022 1:39 PM EST
Thomas was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate due to a rib injury.
Analysis: Knee and calf issues so far have impacted Thomas' listing on injury reports this season, so a new health concern is inhibiting him on the practice field to kick off Week 11 prep. He'll have a pair of sessions to get back to full Thursday and Friday before the Commanders potentially tab him with a designation for Sunday's game in Houston.
Nov 16, 2022 3:11 PM EST
Thomas hauled in two of his four targets for 12 yards in Monday's 32-21 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Since missing three straight games from Weeks 5 through 7, Thomas has seen his snap share gradually climb over the Commanders' subsequent three contests. After logging 56 percent of the Commanders' snaps on offense in his return to the lineup Week 8 against the Colts, Thomas bumped up to 70 percent Week 9 versus the Vikings before climbing to 73 percent Monday. Now that his calf injury is further behind him, Thomas should continue to fend off John Bates for No. 1 tight-end duties, but the role hasn't been as fruitful in 2022 for the 31-year-old as it had been the previous two seasons. Through his seven appearances this season, Thomas is averaging just 3.9 targets per game, well down from the 6.1 he averaged in 22 outings between the 2020 and 2021 campaigns.
Nov 16, 2022 9:09 AM EST
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