Thomas (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: He's ineligible for the next three games, with Week 8 at Denver being the earliest possible date a for a return. Thomas injured his hamstring in the opening minutes of Sunday's 34-30 win over the Falcons, with his absence thereafter allowing backup Ricky Seals-Jones to play a career-high 62 snaps (93 percent share). Seals-Jones caught only two passes for 29 yards on four targets, and it is possible moving forward that he loses some playing time to blocking specialist John Bates and Sammis Reyes or mid-week signing Jace Sternberger (off the Seattle practice squad). Still, Seals-Jones is a clear favorite for Washington's TE targets with Thomas sidelined for at least three games.
Oct 6, 2021 11:32 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) isn't practicing Wednesday, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: As expected, with Thomas reportedly week-to-week after exiting Sunday's win over Atlanta in the first quarter. Ricky Seals-Jones filled in for Thomas with a three-down but caught just two of four targets for 29 yards. Thomas isn't looking good for Week 5 against New Orleans.
Oct 6, 2021 9:11 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) is considered week-to-week after he left Sunday's win over the Falcons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Thomas was unable to return to Sunday's Week 4 matchup after exiting the game in the first quarter. His status for Sunday's Week 5 contest against the Saints depends on his participation in practice this week, but Ricky Seals-Jones and John Bates are in line for increased roles if the 30-year-old is forced to miss additional time.
Oct 4, 2021 10:12 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) won't return to Sunday's contest in Atlanta.
Analysis: Thomas was visibly frustrated when he left the game in the first quarter. After having his right leg examined in the sideline medical tent, Washington has opted to shut him down for the rest of Week 4. In Thomas' stead, the team will turn to Ricky Seals-Jones and rookie John Bates at tight end.
Oct 3, 2021 10:46 AM EST
Thomas left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.
Analysis: Thomas limped to the sideline in the first quarter and had his right leg examined by team trainers before paying a visit to the blue medical tent, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. As long as Thomas is out of the contest, Washington will have Ricky Seals-Jones and rookie fourth-rounder John Bates at tight end.
Oct 3, 2021 10:34 AM EST
Thomas brought in all four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 43-21 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Thomas co-led the team in receptions alongside Terry McLaurin and took his fantasy performance up a notch with a garbage-time two-yard touchdown grab late in the fourth quarter. The veteran tight end has shown solid chemistry with Taylor Heinicke thus far through the signal-caller's two-plus games under center, and he's produced a 9-87 line with Sunday's score in the last two games. He'll look to continue ascending in a Week 4 matchup versus the Falcons on the road.
Sep 26, 2021 4:09 PM EST
Thomas brought in five of seven targets for 45 yards in Washington's 30-29 win over the Giants on Thursday night.
Analysis: Thomas checked in third on the team in receptions, receiving yards and targets during the wild win, making it a second straight serviceable performance to open the season. Thomas had accounted for a touchdown on three catches in the season-opening loss to the Chargers, and with a relatively inexperienced quarterback in Taylor Heinicke manning the controls of the offense for at least the next several games, the sure-handed veteran should continue to see his fair share of opportunities.
Sep 16, 2021 9:32 PM EST
Thomas caught all three of his targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: Washington as a whole mustered just 133 passing yards, with Thomas scoring the team's only touchdown on the day. The veteran tight end finished second in yardage and third in targets, but given the mundane offensive figures as a whole it's hard to really gauge where Thomas fits into the gameplan for future weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick left Sunday's game early with a hip injury, which could mean Taylor Heinicke will be forced into action for future weeks, complicating the target share even further.
Sep 12, 2021 4:04 PM EST
Thomas caught one of two targets for 28 yards in Friday's 17-13 preseason win over the Bengals.
Analysis: The tight end took a shot pass for 28 yards on the first snap of the game, with is second target being a third-down incompletion to end the opening drive. Signed to a three-year extension earlier this summer, the late-blooming Thomas enters his age-30 season locked in as Washington's starting tight end. He may even handle a three-down role again, though a repeat of last year's target total (110) seems unlikely after the team bolstered its WR room this offseason. Thomas will open his season with two games in quick succession, with Washington hosting the Chargers on Sept. 12 and the Giants on Sept. 16 (TNF in Week 2).
Aug 21, 2021 4:09 AM EST
Thomas is signing a three-year extension with Washington, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The two-year, $6.15 million contract Thomas signed last offseason ended up being a bargain for Washington, as the tight end entered the year with 317 career receiving yards before catching 72 passes for 670 yards and six touchdowns. Thomas did it on the strength of volume, with 110 targets in 16 games, but he also improved his efficiency after a rough start, producing 3.3 YPT in Weeks 1-5 and 7.2 YPT in Weeks 6-17. He averaged 5.3 catches for 51.3 yards over those final 11 games, then added five receptions for 74 yards in the playoff loss to Tampa. In any case, Thomas turned 30 this summer, but he could still be on the upswing given that it wasn't until 2014 that he began the transition from quarterback to tight end. That said, he's unlikely to see 110 targets again, as Washington no longer has an empty cupboard behind Terry McLaurin at wide receiver. The team now has Thomas under contract through 2024, Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson signed through 2023, and McLaurin through 2022. It's a solid group of pass catchers for 38-year-old QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who should be an upgrade on last year's disastrous QB room (Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Alex Smith and Taylor Heinicke all made starts).
Jul 27, 2021 6:38 AM EST
Thomas believes he'll continue to improve, ESPN's John Keim reports.
Analysis: The former college QB broke out for a 72/670/6 receiving line in his age-29 season, after signing last offseason with a Washington team that had minimal other talent at tight end. The team's offense has stiffer competition for targets this year, but Thomas' starting job appears secure, and it's reasonable to expect continued development given his late start at the TE position. This will also be the first time he's played in the same offensive scheme in back-to-back seasons, as Thomas spent time with the Cardinals, Dolphins, Giants, Lions and Bills before finding his first starting job in Washington last year. His late breakout was driven by volume (110 targets) rather than efficiency (6.1 YPT), but Thomas could improve the latter to make up for the loss of the former if he's seeing more accurate passes in a better offense. Washington is counting on 38-year-old QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to match his strong performances in Miami the past two years.
Jun 30, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Thomas brought in five of nine targets for 74 yards in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end followed up a career-best regular season with a strong showing in the season-ending loss, checking in third in receptions and receiving yards and second in targets. Thomas totaled between 63 and 101 receiving yards in four of his last six games, including Saturday's contest, and he'll look to improve on 2020's 72-670-6 line during his 2021 contract year.
Jan 9, 2021 9:42 PM EST
Thomas had three receptions (six targets) for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Thomas was able to hit pay dirt to salvage what would have been a lackluster finale to the regular season. The veteran tight end saw his targets come back down to earth with the return of Alex Smith (six compared to 27 over the previous two weeks), but the trip to the end zone makes up for the dip in volume. The 28-year-old has handled his first full year of significant action well, posting 72 receptions, 670 yards and six scores as Washington's primary tight end this year. Thomas has put himself on the map in fantasy, and could see his stock rise a bit if the team upgrades its situation under center.
Jan 4, 2021 1:24 AM EST
Thomas recorded seven receptions on 12 targets for 63 yards in Week 16 against the Panthers.
Analysis: Thomas struggled to get going with Dwayne Haskins under center, but showed good rapport with Taylor Heinicke late in the fourth quarter. After struggling to 15 yards with Haskins, Thomas recorded big gains of 19 and 12 yards with Heinicke under center. Thomas narrowly missed an even bigger performance, as he scored a 10-yard touchdown that was nullified by a holding penalty. Nearing the end of a breakout campaign, Thomas will look to end the season strong in Week 17 against the Eagles.
Dec 27, 2020 7:09 PM EST
Thomas secured 13 of 15 targets for 101 yards in Washington's 20-15 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Analysis: Thomas' eye-popping numbers were surprising to say the least, considering the 29-year-old nearly outpaced his single-season high of 16 receptions (2019) on Sunday alone. Thomas had fallen just two yards short of the century mark two games ago against the Steelers, so the yardage tally wasn't anywhere near as unexpected. Thomas now has 31 targets over the last three contests, and he'll look to continue his chemistry with either Alex Smith (calf) or Dwayne Haskins in a Week 16 matchup against the Panthers.
Dec 20, 2020 1:56 PM EST
Thomas caught six of seven targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 23-15 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Thomas led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, though his average of 7.2 yards per catch was nothing to write home about. It did, however, continue a recent run of production that has seen Thomas make 19 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns over the last three games. He's become a key cog in the offense of late and will look to maintain that role next Sunday against the Seahawks.
Dec 13, 2020 7:24 PM EST
Thomas caught all nine of his targets for 98 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 23-17 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Thomas set a new career high in receptions, hauling in everything thrown his way. Of course, the tight end's most impactful play was his 15-yard touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter. With a score in consecutive games now, Thomas is certainly trending in the right direction ahead of Week 14's matchup against the 49ers.
Dec 7, 2020 5:49 PM EST
Thomas caught all four of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 41-16 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: While he wasn't exactly stretching the field, Thomas was on the other end of Alex Smith's only TD pass of the afternoon, a five-yard strike late in the second quarter that put Washington up for good. The tight end has caught multiple passes in six straight games, hauling in three of his four touchdowns on the season during that stretch, but he faces a tough test in Week 13 on the road against the undefeated Steelers.
Nov 26, 2020 5:21 PM EST
Thomas caught two of five targets for six yards in Sunday's 20-9 win over the Bengals, adding one rush attempt for another two yards.
Analysis: Thomas played 90 percent of offensive snaps and saw the second-most targets on the team in a game where Alex Smith threw only 25 passes. Thomas will have a decent shot to bounce back in Week 12, facing a Dallas defense that he burnt for a 4-60-1 receiving line in the first 2020 matchup (Week 7) between the NFC East rivals.
Nov 23, 2020 6:27 AM EST
Thomas caught four of six targets for 66 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Lions.
Analysis: Thomas set a new season high in receiving yards while tying his high mark for receptions. He tied for third on the team in targets and did most of his damage late in the game as his team strung together three straight scoring drives to draw level. Thomas now has 14 receptions on 20 targets over the last four games and will look to continue his steady emergence in a favorable matchup against the Bengals next Sunday.
Nov 15, 2020 2:35 PM EST
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