Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas

Wide Receiver #88
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 200 lb.
College:Southern Mississippi
Age:25
Born:August 16, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 6 (206)
Draft Team:LAR

Mike Thomas: Joins Cincinnati receiving corps

The Bengals have signed Thomas, Dave Clark of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: The 2016 sixth-rounder logged just two catches for 14 yards in 16 games with the Rams last season, but he'll provide the Bengals with added wideout/special teams depth. Signing with Cincinnati reunites the 25-year-old with head coach Zac Taylor, who served as the Rams' assistant wide receivers coach in 2017, Thomas' second campaign with Los Angeles.

March 23, 2020 10:15 AM EST

Mike Thomas: Totals two catches

Thomas had two receptions for 14 yards in 16 games this season.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was limited to playing special teams for most of the season, accruing only 34 offensive snaps all year. Thomas' rookie deal is now completed, and he had 10 catches for 144 yards with one lost fumble in 40 games over his four seasons with the Rams.

January 8, 2020 3:49 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Back at practice Friday

Thomas (illness) practiced in full Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas was held out of Thursday's session after falling ill, but looks to be set to play in Week 17. Thomas is more of a special teams player than anything else, so do not expect him to make much offensive impact during Sunday's season finale.

December 27, 2019 4:58 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Too ill to practice

Thomas missed Thursday's practice with an illness, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: There's been no news as to the nature or seriousness of the illness as of yet. Thomas has been primarily a special teams player this season and has seen just seven offensive snaps over the last five weeks.

December 26, 2019 3:50 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Brings in pass in loss

Thomas caught his only target, a five-yard gain, during Sunday's 44-21 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Thomas' reception was just his second of the season and first since Week 11. The Rams generally keep with three-receiver sets and, with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks occupying those slots, there is seldom much of an opportunity for Thomas to contribute. Given his lack of opportunities and Sunday's matchup against San Francisco, the league's top pass defense, Thomas figures to be a poor play.

December 17, 2019 5:40 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Sees work in three-receiver sets

Thomas played a season-high 20 offensive snaps Sunday in the Rams' 17-7 win over the Bears, finishing with one catch for nine yards on three targets.

Analysis: After playing almost exclusively on special teams while drawing just one target through the Rams' first 10 games, Thomas saw his profile on offense grow out of necessity with Los Angeles down two of its top three receivers in Brandin Cooks (concussion) and Robert Woods (personal). Coach Sean McVay expressed optimism that Cooks would be back for the Rams' Week 12 game against the Ravens, a development that would leave no room for Thomas in three-receiver sets.

November 19, 2019 12:09 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Leads team in receiving yardage

Thomas brought in all three of his targets for 76 yards in the Rams' 10-6 preseason win over the Broncos on Saturday.

Analysis: Thomas notched a game-high 51-yard reception to help stake him to the team lead in receiving yards for the contest. The four-year pro only has eight catches over 24 career games and has primarily seen time on special teams, but head coach Sean McVay has talked up the possibility of Thomas seeing more time from scrimmage during the coming season if he latches on to a roster spot.

August 24, 2019 10:07 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Could have role as receiver

Head coach Sean McVay believes Thomas can contribute as a receiver this season.

Analysis: Thomas has only suited up for 24 games through his first three years in the league, but he's impressed McVay this offseason and is a proven contributor on special teams. The Rams are loaded with receivers, so it's unlikely Thomas makes a major splash in the passing attack, and it's best to continue taking a wait-and-see approach with him.

August 20, 2019 9:00 AM EST

Mike Thomas: Makes two catches against Cowboys

Thomas caught two of five targets for 23 yards during Saturday's 14-10 preseason loss against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Although Thomas finished third on the team in targets, he did little with his looks outside of a 20-yard gain. He practically doubled his output from the preseason opener, but his production was still quite pedestrian even in the absence of many of the regular skill position players. Thomas is facing an uphill battle to make a team that already has a deep group of wideouts and will look to support his case in Saturday's matchup with the Broncos.

August 18, 2019 8:52 AM EST

Mike Thomas: Logs 17 snaps in preseason opener

Thomas started and caught his only target for 12 yards during Saturday's 14-3 preseason loss to Oakland. He was on the field for 17 of 59 offensive snaps.

Analysis: The Rams have their receiver depth chart solidified at the top with Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds, so Thomas is battling to make the 53-man roster. He's having a strong preseason and has been a solid contributor on special teams in the past, so there's a legitimate chance Thomas opens the season on the team's roster.

August 12, 2019 9:38 AM EST

Mike Thomas: Impressing in camp

Thomas' explosiveness and receiving skills have caught head coach Sean McVay's attention, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: A Week 1 groin injury ended Thomas' 2018 campaign, and he was also limited to just eight contests in 2017 because of a PED suspension and an ankle injury. While his work on special teams gives him a legitimate shot at cracking the 53-man roster to open the year, and McVay's comments are endorsing, Thomas remains off the fantasy radar in the majority of settings until proven otherwise.

August 5, 2019 6:34 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Heads to injured reserve

Thomas (groin) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Clarence Dennis of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas underwent a groin procedure on Sep. 14 that will keep him out for the foreseeable future. Josh Reynolds and JoJo Natson figure to be the beneficiaries of Thomas' absence.

September 17, 2018 5:57 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Undergoes groin procedure

Thomas (hip) underwent a groin procedure Friday and will not play in Week 2, Vincent reports.

Analysis: Thomas underwent a procedure to address the groin injury he sustained in the Rams' season opener. The depth wideout is likely to miss multiple weeks due to the injury, and fellow receivers Josh Reynolds and JoJo Natson could see an increase in usage while Thomas remains sidelined.

September 14, 2018 1:21 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Battling hip issue

The injury report indicates Thomas is battling a hip injury, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. He could be sidelined "weeks" because of the issue, Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star reports.

Analysis: Head coach Sean McVay suggested Wednesday that a groin injury was the culprit behind Thomas' absence, but the official injury report indicates otherwise. Regardless, Thomas is set to miss extended time because of the issue and can likely be ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals. The Rams added some depth at the position Wednesday by re-signing JoJo Natson.

September 12, 2018 6:28 PM EST

Mike Thomas: Could be out for 'weeks'

Head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that Thomas suffered a groin injury in the season-opening win over the Raiders that could sideline the wideout for "weeks," Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star reports.

Analysis: Thomas only played 12 snaps -- all on special teams -- in the 33-13 victory, but that was apparently enough for the 24-year-old to get banged up. Given McVay's comments, it seems rather unlikely that Thomas will practice this week or play Sunday against the Cardinals, but the Rams may not make a formal ruling on his status until Friday. In addition to Thomas, fellow depth wideout Pharoh Cooper (ankle) also appears in store for a multi-week absence, which could prompt the Rams to add another receiver to the roster.

September 12, 2018 10:55 AM EST

Mike Thomas: Dealing with groin injury

Thomas is dealing with a groin injury according to head coach Sean McVay, Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Look for more details on the injury to emerge later this week but it's not a good sign for the Rams, as starting returner Pharoh Cooper is likely out multiple weeks after suffering an ankle injury in Monday's win over the Raiders.

September 11, 2018 8:13 PM EST

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