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Week 3 Outlook
Panthers TE Ian Thomas was not targeted in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers.
After a horrendous outing in the season opener, Thomas followed it up with another dud. In fact, he was not targeted in the loss despite ample garbage time. He should not be on the fantasy radar at the moment.
Panthers TE Ian Thomas caught 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Raiders.
Thomas was merely a blip on Teddy Bridgewater's radar in Week 1, only drawing a pair of targets. Thomas will get the chance to get going in a plus Week 2 encounter against the Buccaneers, who allowed Jared Cook to go for 80 yards in the season opener.
TE Ian Thomas (toe) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.
Thomas sustained a toe injury last Monday, but was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. He is expected to be all systems go for Week 1. Thomas will serve as the Panthers’ TE1, and compete with DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson and Christian McCaffrey for targets in Carolina’s passing game.
Panthers starting TE Ian Thomas, who has been sidelined with a hyper-extended toe he received during practice last Monday, is expected to play against Las Vegas on Sunday. HC Matt Rhule spoke on Thomas' injury, stating, "I'm expecting him to go and be able to play."
The 2018 fourth-round draft pick now has an opportunity to flourish as the TE1 in Carolina as veteran Greg Olsen departed to Seattle this offseason. Thomas will likely be used as QB Teddy Bridgewater's safety blanket and primary red zone target, creating mismatches with his 6'3", 260 pound frame.
Panthers' TE Ian Thomas suffered a toe injury during Monday's practice. Head coach Matt Rhule said that X-ray's came back negative and Thomas should be back "soon".
Although Rhule didn't offer any sort of timetable on Thomas' recovery, the injury doesn't appear to be serious. With Greg Olsen moving on in free agency, Thomas will enter the 2020 season as the Panthers' primary receiving tight end. His status for Week 1 doesn't appear to be in jeopardy at the moment.
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