Mike Thomas

Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver #88
Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver #88

Mike Thomas News

Re-signs with Bengals

The Bengals re-signed Thomas to a one-year deal Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports

Analysis: Thomas appeared in 14 games with the team during the 2020 campaign, during which he caught 13 of his 21 targets for 132 yards and one touchdown. Though the 26-year-old saw an increase in offensive-playing time this past season, it will likely take a few injuries before the receiver makes his way up the depth chart.

Mar 18, 2021 7:54 AM EST


Ending with a fizzle

Thomas finished the season with 13 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown, but didn't have a catch after Week 7.

Analysis: After generating some positive buzz during training cam and the early season, Thomas fell out of favor in the Bengals' pecking order, punctuated by a couple of drops and key penalties. He's not guaranteed to return in 2021.

Jan 13, 2021 11:38 PM EST



No targets Sunday

Thomas wasn't targeted during Sunday's 19-7 loss to Miami.

Analysis: The 26-year-old suited up after being listed questionable with a hamstring injury, and he ended up playing 22 snaps between offense and special teams. Thomas is without a catch since Week 7 and is unlikely to have much fantasy relevance given his place on the depth chart, especially with Joe Burrow (knee) out for the season.

Dec 7, 2020 1:35 PM EST


Ready to face Dolphins

Thomas (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against Miami, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thomas suited up for the Bengals' first nine contests of 2020, but a lingering hamstring issue has held him out the past two weeks. The 26-year-old was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. Having been cleared for Week 13, he will serve as Cincinnati's No. 4 WR option against a Dolphins defense that's surrendered the eighth-most receiving yards to the position this season (2,027).

Dec 6, 2020 8:56 AM EST


Questionable, expected to play

Thomas (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas is expected to play despite his 'questionable' designation, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. He's missed Cincinnati's last two games due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Dec 4, 2020 11:46 AM EST



Logs limited practice

Thomas (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Jay Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Thomas has missed two straight games due to his hamstring injury, but he could have a shot at returning against the Dolphins on Sunday. The 26-year-old has just 13 catches for 132 yards and one score across nine appearances this season.

Dec 2, 2020 2:22 PM EST


Inactive vs. Giants

Thomas (hamstring) is inactive Week 12 against the Giants, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: The stage was set here after Thomas missed Friday's practice and entered the week with a "doubtful" tag. He'll now set his sights on a Week 13 return for a matchup against Miami, though even if he makes it back on the field, it will likely be in a depth role.

Nov 29, 2020 8:42 AM EST


Unlikely to play Sunday

Thomas (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: After logging a limited practice Thursday, Thomas took a step back by sitting out of Friday's session, thus making him unlikely to play Sunday. With John Ross (foot) on IR and Auden Tate on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Alex Erickson figures to slot in as the No. 4 wide receiver behind typical starters Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green.

Nov 27, 2020 5:40 PM EST


Makes progress towards return

Thomas (hamstring) participated in a limited fashion during Thursday's practice, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Thomas has been dealing with the injury for the past week and was held out of the team's Week 11 contest as a result. He was also a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, so this progress is a good sign for his potential availability in Week 12. If he's able to take the field, Thomas could see an increased role with Auden Tate (COVID-19) unlikely to be available.

Nov 26, 2020 11:48 AM EST


Not practicing Wednesday

Thomas (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old was unavailable for Sunday's loss to Washington and continues to deal with the hamstring injury. Thomas likely needs to practice in the next two days to have a chance of suiting up Sunday against the Giants.

Nov 25, 2020 1:36 PM EST


Sitting out Sunday

Thomas (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game versus Washington, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas will miss a game for the first time since the 2018 season. His role on offense has been consistent all year, playing around 30 percent of the snaps each game, and his absence should open the door for both Auden Tate and Alex Erickson to handle larger roles Sunday, while Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green start at wide receiver, per usual.

Nov 22, 2020 9:11 AM EST


Questionable for Week 11

The Bengals list Thomas as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington with a hamstring injury, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Thomas was added to the injury report Thursday after practicing on a limited basis, and his questionable designation implies he wasn't able to shake the hamstring issue completely during Friday's practice. If he gains clearance for Sunday, Thomas will be in line for a depth role in Cincinnati's receiving corps, as Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green are locked in as the team's clear top three wideouts.

Nov 20, 2020 11:43 AM EST


Zero targets in Week 8

Thomas played only six snaps and had zero targets in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Analysis: Auden Tate had a big day on Sunday, relegating Thomas to a WR5 role for the Bengals. Even with John Ross inactive, Thomas needs a few injuries to move into a role where he's getting more than a handful of snaps.

Nov 2, 2020 6:27 PM EST


Two big plays

Thomas had two catches for 54 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to the Browns, dropping one ball on the third target.

Analysis: Thomas isn't going to get the volume necessary (with a max of four targets in any one game) for us to use him in fantasy, but his impact is that he's ahead of John Ross in the Bengals' pecking order.

Oct 26, 2020 11:26 PM EST


Snags one pass in loss

Thomas caught one of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Thomas continues to operate at the No. 4 receiver behind Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and rookie Tee Higgins. He's now totaled 11 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. Barring an injury to one of the starters, though, Thomas' fantasy value is negligible.

Oct 20, 2020 12:24 PM EST


Loses key fumble

Thomas caught one pass for six yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, and lost a fumble on that reception that was returned for a touchdown.

Analysis: Despite the lost fumble, Thomas might be in line for more opportunities next week against the Colts if A.J. Green's hamstring injury keeps him sidelined.

Oct 12, 2020 8:07 PM EST


Only one target

Thomas caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. He was on the field for 25 offensive snaps.

Analysis: The ascendance of rookie Tee Higgins has limited Thomas's ability to make an impact. Quarterback Joe Burrow has also started throwing more to tight end Drew Sample. Thomas's chances of making an impact now seem to be tied to one of the top three Bengals receivers missing time.

Oct 5, 2020 1:32 PM EST


Targets recede in Week 3

Thomas had two catches for nine yards on two targets in the Week 3 tie against the Eagles. He was on the field for 16 offensive snaps.

Analysis: Thomas played less and was targeted less frequently than Tee Higgins and even Auden Tate. He had established a connection with Joe Burrow in training camp that revealed itself earlier in the season, especially in Week 2 against the Browns when he scored, but he's a rotation player and not a mainstay right now.

Sep 30, 2020 4:46 PM EST


Finds end zone in loss

Thomas brought in all four of his targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 35-30 loss to the Browns on Thursday.

Analysis: Thomas became the second Bengals pass-catcher to haul in a scoring throw from Joe Burrow in the contest, making his grab on a nifty slant pattern with 5:55 remaining to help bring the Bengals within five points at the time. While Thomas figures to have an uphill battle for targets each week with the quartet of A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and John Ross in front of him on the depth chart, the veteran has a respectable seven looks through two games and could potentially benefit from the attention heaped on his teammates.

Sep 17, 2020 9:55 PM EST


Picks up 17 yards

Thomas caught two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Thomas logged 15 offensive snaps -- tied with Auden Tate and rookie second-round pick Tee Higgins -- and was just one of four wide receivers to garner a target in the season opener. This trend likely won't keep up as Higgins gets more comfortable in the NFL.

Sep 14, 2020 3:09 PM EST


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