Mike Thomas

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

Mike Thomas News

Waived by Bengals

Thomas was waived by the Bengals on Monday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Thomas being removed from the roster may suggest that fellow wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase is close to returning from his hip injury. Cincinnati gave Thomas opportunities on the outside while Chase and Tee Higgins missed time due to injuries this season, but the 28-year-old wide receiver failed to capitalize, catching just two of 10 targets for 38 yards.

Nov 21, 2022 11:15 AM EST


No targets in Week 9

Thomas didn't have any targets in the Bengals' win over the Panthers, despite playing 22 offensive snaps.

Analysis: It didn't help Thomas that the Bengals were running the ball so well, but it also appears as if Trent Taylor and even practice squad receiver Trenton Irwin have eclipsed Thomas. So much for the notion that he would step up with Ja'Marr Chase out.

Nov 8, 2022 11:26 AM EST



Comes up empty Week 9

Thomas failed to bring in his lone target while playing 24 of the Bengals' 53 snaps on offense in Monday's 32-13 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Though he was one of several pass catchers who moved into a larger role with Ja'Marr Chase (hip) sidelined for the contest, Thomas nor any of the Bengals' other pass-catching options came through with notable receiving production on a night the Browns dominated the time of possession. A more favorable matchup could await the Bengals in Week 9 against the 2-6 Panthers, but Thomas is still likely to find himself behind all of Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Hayden Hurst in the team's pass-catching hierarchy.

Nov 1, 2022 8:20 AM EST


Plays four offensive snaps in win

Thomas played on just four offensive snaps and failed to see a single target in Sunday's 30-26 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Thomas was a complete non-factor in the Bengals' offense with fellow wideout Tee Higgins back in the mix Sunday. Barring injuries to the team's pass catchers, the 28-year-old receiver will find it hard to have much of an impact with limited opportunities on offense. Thomas remains far off the fantasy radar heading into a Week 7 matchup with the Falcons.

Oct 18, 2022 8:55 PM EST


Forced into extra duty

Thomas played 41 offensive snaps in Sunday night's loss to the Ravens, catching one pass for 33 yards.

Analysis: Thomas was pressed into extra action with Tee Higgins out most of the game after Higgins aggravated an ankle injury. The low target share even with Higgins out illustrates the low percentage likelihood that he'll play a big role going forward.

Oct 11, 2022 11:29 AM EST



Thrust into duty

Thomas was on the field a lot more than expected in Week 1, following teammate Tee Higgins leaving with a concussion. Thomas had one catch for five yards, on five targets, while being on the field for 64 offensive snaps.

Analysis: Among Thomas's five targets was a drop in the end zone on the play preceding Ja'Marr Chase's game-tying touchdown in the waning seconds of regulation. If Higgins has to miss a week, Thomas will take on the third receiver role, as the Bengals' don't have an obvious alternative.

Sep 14, 2022 8:25 AM EST


Released by Cincy

The Bengals released Thomas on Tuesday.

Analysis: Thomas appeared in 26 games across the past two seasons with Cincinnati, totaling 18 receptions for 184 yards and one score, so his release comes as a surprise. He's only finished with over 100 receiving yards once in his six-year career, but he has extensive special-teams experience, which may be intriguing for some teams around the league.

Aug 30, 2022 2:34 PM EST


Remains locked into depth role

Thomas caught two of three targets for 18 yards in Saturday's 16-7 preseason win over the Rams.

Analysis: Thomas' first catch was a 12-yarder on the Bengals' first offensive play of the game. His early usage is an encouraging sign for Thomas' standing in Cincinnati's wide receiver pecking order, as he appears to be the team's top option behind the starting trio of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins (shoulder) and Tyler Boyd. Thomas is unlikely to push any of those three for playing time, but he also appears to be a safe bet to make the 53-man roster in a reserve role.

Aug 27, 2022 7:05 PM EST


Re-signs with Bengals

Thomas is re-signing with the Bengals on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Thomas will return for a third straight season in Cincinnati, where he recorded five catches for 52 yards on 11 targets last year. The depth wideout and special-teams contributor remains off the fantasy radar, however.

Mar 17, 2022 8:13 AM EST


Fails to reach 100 yards

Thomas secured five of 11 targets for 52 yards across 12 games in 2021.

Analysis: Thomas took a statistical step back in 2021, a campaign which only saw him play roughly half the offensive snaps (133) he did in 2020. This offseason, the 27-year-old is scheduled to hit free agency.

Jan 17, 2022 9:36 AM EST


Activated off COVID-19 list

Thomas was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Thomas missed just one game during his stint in the league's health and safety protocols. Now that he's cleared protocols, he's expected to reclaim his usual reserve role behind the Bengals' trio of talented receivers in Week 17.

Dec 29, 2021 8:20 AM EST


Lands on COVID list

Thomas (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: It's unclear whether Thomas tested positive for the virus of if he's considered a close contact, but he'll now be unavailable until he clears the health and safety protocols. He has only five catches for 52 yards in 10 games this season, so his absence shouldn't affect Cincinnati's offensive game plan.

Dec 24, 2021 8:56 AM EST


Inactive against Chargers

Thomas (illness) is inactive Week 13 against the Chargers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas did not practice all week due to illness and entered the week with a doubtful tag as a result. He had primarily been a special teamer when active this season, a role that could end up in the hands Trenton Irwin or the recently activated Pooka Williams.

Dec 5, 2021 8:42 AM EST


Doubtful due to illness

Thomas (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Bengals team reporter Marisa Contipelli reports.

Analysis: Thomas looks like he'll miss out on a potential opportunity for a few extra snaps on offense, as fellow wide receiver Auden Tate (calf) is also listed as doubtful. The 27-year-old Thomas hasn't caught more than one pass in a game this season.

Dec 3, 2021 1:23 PM EST


Not practicing due to illness

Thomas (illness) missed a second consecutive practice Thursday, Ben Baby of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Thomas is in danger of sitting out Sunday's game against the Chargers due to this non-COVID illness. A return to the practice field in any capacity Friday would be an encouraging sign for his availability.

Dec 2, 2021 11:33 AM EST


Nabs first reception since Week 4

Thomas played nine of the Bengals' 70 offensive snaps in Sunday's 41-16 loss to the Browns and caught his lone target for a 16-yard gain.

Analysis: The reception was Thomas' first since Week 4, as he was sidelined with an ankle injury from Weeks 5 through 7 before failing to draw a target in his return to the lineup Week 8 against the Jets. While all of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are healthy, Thomas is expected to handle a minor role in the passing attack and rotate in only when one of the three starters needs a breather.

Nov 10, 2021 8:00 AM EST


Healthy scratch Sunday

Thomas (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Baltimore, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas sat out the last two games while nursing an ankle injury, and he'll remain inactive Sunday despite practicing with no limitations this week. Cincinnati's receiving corps is fully healthy for Week 7, with Trenton Irwin and Stanley Morgan serving as the available depth options.

Oct 24, 2021 8:53 AM EST


No limitations Wednesday

Thomas (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Thomas sat out the past two games due to the ankle issue, but he's on track to be available for Week 7. The 27-year-old is unlikely to have a significant role in the offense with the rest of the receiving corps currently healthy.

Oct 20, 2021 2:14 PM EST


Not playing Sunday

Thomas (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, according to Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site.

Analysis: Thomas logged a full practice Friday, but that wasn't enough to activate him and now he's set to miss a second straight contest. The wideout has racked up three receptions for 24 yards this season, and his next chance to feature will come at Baltimore on Oct. 24.

Oct 17, 2021 8:38 AM EST


Questionable for Sunday

Thomas (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Lions.

Analysis: Thomas was upgraded to a full participant Friday after logging limited practices the previous two days. The 27-year-old was unavailable against the Packers in Week 5, but he appears to be progressing towards suiting up in Week 6.

Oct 15, 2021 12:33 PM EST


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