Julius Thomas Fantasy News

Eagles ink TE Zach Ertz to a five-year deal

Monday, January 25, 2016, 11:31am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles locked down Zach Ertz.

The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5 million, with $20 million in guarantees, which makes Ertz the fourth-highest paid tight end in average and guaranteed money, per a source. Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Rob Gronkowski ($9 million) are the top three in average per year.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz finished as the #10 TE in standard scoring, but was #6 after his Week 8 bye, averaging 6.4 catches for 73 yards and 0.25 TD (on 8.8 targets per game) in his final eight games. On the season, he racked up 75 catches for 853 yards and two scores. Given his size and relative catch radius, his touchdown rate should increase eventually. Playing time was the issue in his first two NFL seasons, but he played 72% of the snaps in 2015 and 79% in his last five games.

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 9:58pm

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

The results suggest Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas and quarterback Blake Bortles have figured each other out.
After all, Thomas enters Sunday’s game against Atlanta at EverBank Field with a four-game touchdown streak.

The reality is different.

Thomas and Bortles are still playing catch-up. Thomas’ first season with the Jaguars hit a massive snag when he missed most of the preseason and the first four games of the regular season with a broken hand.

There’s still a long way to go, but that’s a good thing for the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact:

If Thomas is already regularly catching touchdowns, imagine the production once he and Bortles have more experience playing with each other, the story pointed out. Thomas proved to be a pretty nice value draft pick or free agent pickup for owners who were able to stick with him all season until this point.

Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It looks like tight end Julius Thomas and quarterback Blake Bortles have finally found the chemistry they’ve been searching for on the field.

But after catching nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 31-25 loss to San Diego, Thomas said it’s still a work in progress, and he’s expecting the connection between the two to become even better.

"Like I tell you guys all the time, it’s not going to happen overnight," Thomas said. "We were able to connect [on Sunday], and we will continue to do the things in practice we need to do to start to understand each other more, but it’s coming along."

Fantasy Impact:

The Jaguars made Thomas the league’s highest-paid tight end ($46 million over five years, with $25 million guaranteed) with the expectation that he would have a major impact on the offense similar to what he did in Denver, where he caught 108 passes for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2013-14. That was put on hold when Thomas suffered a fractured bone in his right hand on the second play from scrimmage in the Jaguars’ preseason opener, the story said.

TNF Injury Report: Titans vs. Jaguars

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 5:53pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

Tennessee Titans

OUT
DT Al Woods (ankle), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
LB Derrick Morgan (shoulder)

PROBABLE
CB Perrish Cox (hamstring), DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee), G Chance Warmack (ankle)

Jacksonville Jaguars

OUT
DT Sen'Derrick Marks (elbow), S James Sample (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
TE Nic Jacobs (hamstring), RB Bernard Pierce (calf)

QUESTIONABLE
DT Michael Bennett (hamstring), LB Dan Skuta (groin), WR Bryan Walters (concussion), RB T.J. Yeldon (foot)

PROBABLE
DE Chris Clemons (not injury related), RB Toby Gerhart (groin), WR Allen Hurns (foot, thigh), WR Marqise Lee (hamstring), DT Roy Miller (knee), TE Julius Thomas (abdomen)

Fantasy Impact:

Kendall Wright is out again, as expected. T.J. Yeldon is listed as questionable, but expects to play. Allen Hurns was told that his sports hernia surgery could wait until the offseason, so it appears that he'll play through it as long as he can. He's a solid start against the Titans.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (foot, thigh, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. Hurns has been on the injury report in six of eight weeks, but continues to produce. His status is more in doubt this week than in recent weeks, though he’s “very confident” that he’ll play. He now has a touchdown in six straight games and is averaging 3.5 catches for 80 yards and 1.0 TD in the four games since the return of Julius Thomas. Hurns is averaging 7.3 targets with Thomas and 7.5 targets without, so Thomas’s return really hasn’t impacted Hurns negatively. If he’s active, he’ll be a tasty start against a very shaky Ravens defense. The Jaguars play early on Sunday.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (abdomen, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Thomas has seen the 6th-most targets at his position since Week 6. He blames the lack of production on poor timing with QB Blake Bortles.

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (foot, thigh) missed practice again Thursday. Hurns has been on the injury report in six of eight weeks, but continues to produce. His status is more in doubt this week than in recent weeks. He says that his status is “still up in the air.” He now has a touchdown in six straight games and is averaging 3.5 catches for 80 yards and 1.0 TD in the four games since the return of Julius Thomas. Hurns is averaging 7.3 targets with Thomas and 7.5 targets without, so Thomas’s return really hasn’t impacted Hurns negatively. If he’s active, he’ll be a tasty start against a very shaky Ravens defense.

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (abdomen) took full practice reps again Thursday. Thomas has seen the 6th-most targets at his position since Week 6. He blames the lack of production on poor timing with QB Blake Bortles.

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas says timing is the reason for the lack of production

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 1:00pm

Jaguars.com - [Full Article]

TE Julius Thomas, the Jaguars' most high-profile offseason free-agent acquisition, missed the first four regular-season games and has just 13 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in four games. As Thomas sees it, the issue is timing. “I’m very confident we’ll start connecting,” Thomas said. “The looks are there. The opportunities are there. As we (he and quarterback Blake Bortles) get a better feel for each other and our timing, it’s going to come along.” Thomas said he and Bortles had good timing before he sustained a hand injury in the preseason opener that kept him out until Week 5. “We have to figure that out again and try to do it when there’s not a lot of time to get those extra reps because we’re so far into the season,” he said. “It’s something we’re working on.”

Thomas, asked about his conditioning, said, “You guys may say it’s conditioning, but for the people who are playing, it’s just timing. You can run well and you can have great wind, but it’s, ‘How am I going to get in and out of this route? What body lean? What position?’ That’s the stuff you can’t get until you’re back out there and going against defenses. My conditioning is really good. My body feels really good. Now, I’m trying to get that rhythm back.”

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas has the 6th-most targets per game since Week 6, so the usage is there. Eventually, he and Blake Bortles should start to connect.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (foot, thigh) did not practice Wednesday. Hurns has been on the injury report in six of eight weeks, but continues to produce. He now has a touchdown in six straight games and is averaging 3.5 catches for 80 yards and 1.0 TD in the four games since the return of Julius Thomas. Hurns is averaging 7.3 targets with Thomas and 7.5 targets without, so Thomas’s return really hasn’t impacted Hurns negatively.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (abdomen) practiced fully Wednesday. Given the full practice, Thomas should be able to play through the injury.

Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (abdomen, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. The probable tag means that Thomas is going to play against the Jets.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (abdomen) took full practice reps again Thursday. The full practice is a good indicator that Thomas will be able to play in Week 9.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:02pm

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (abdomen) practiced fully Wednesday. The full practice is a good indicator that Thomas will be able to play in Week 9.

Vernon Davis' impact on the Broncos

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 6:07pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Vernon Davis won't have Julius Thomas' impact because he's not in the same offense. Thomas found space and mismatches in an aerial circus. Open receivers littered the field under offensive coordinator Adam Gase. It created eye-opening statistics but fell short of a championship.

Davis has regressed the last two seasons, in part, because of quarterback Colin Kaepernick's thud back to earth. That said, Davis provides a tantalizing weapon for an offense that is starting to hum. He frees coach Gary Kubiak to use two and three tight end sets. His offense works best when it runs variations off the same look with tight ends. Owen Daniels and Virgil Green produced their season's best game in the win over the Packers. Davis should only enhance the position.

Fantasy Impact:

The story added Davis brings unique speed, which should open the seam route that Thomas ran so well. And with a fresh start and a veteran quarterback in Peyton Manning, Davis could re-emerge as a red-zone threat. He may need some time to learn the new system, but is worth a pickup if you're looking to upgrade the position and given Manning's success throwing to the position over his career.

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