Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
6 days ago

Thomas' apparent lack of chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill was a disappointing takeaway from offseason practice sessions, Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas was traded to Miami this offseason after catching just 30 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in nine games for the Jaguars last year. While that marked Thomas' worst production since his 2011 rookie year, it was also his second straight underwhelming campaign since Jacksonville signed him to a five-year, $46 million contract. Of course, that deal was the reward for back-to-back 12-touchdown campaigns in Denver, which put Thomas at the forefront of fantasy radars at the time. In reuniting with then-Broncos offensive coordinator and now-Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, Thomas seems to have a decent chance of rebounding this season, but indications that he's yet to establish a consistent rapport with Tannehill raises some concern whether that will happen.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
4 weeks ago

The Dolphins have big plans in store for Thomas this season, Armando Salguero reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas was acquired from Jacksonville during the offseason and could give the offense a true threat at TE they haven't had since Charles Clay left via free agency. He had has best season when current head coach Adam Gase and Thomas were both in Denver. Granted, that was with Peyton Manning at QB but perhaps Gase does truly know how to get the best out of Thomas.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
2 months ago

The Dolphins plan to use Thomas in the red zone much more frequently than Jacksonville did, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Adam Gase coached Thomas when he scored 24 touchdowns over two seasons with Denver and plans once again to take advantage of his skills in the red zone. While a return to those glory days would seem unlikely, Thomas should reach pay dirt more than the nine times he did with the Jaguars over the past two seasons.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
3 months ago

Thomas restructured his contract to eliminate $12.6 million, essentially turning it into a two-year, $12.2 million deal with $7.5 million guaranteed, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas wouldn't have been traded if he wasn't willing to restructure the five-year, $46 million contract he signed with the Jaguars in March of 2015. He was still dealt for a pittance -- a seventh-round pick -- but the willingness to renegotiate at least helped him land with a team that looks like an excellent fit. In addition to having a clear need at tight end, the Dolphins are coached by Adam Gase, who was Thomas' offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. The 28-year-old tight end had 24 touchdowns in 27 games between those two seasons, highlighted by a 65-788-12 receiving line in 2013 (14 games)

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
3 months ago

Thomas said his back, ankle and finger injuries have all healed, the Palm Beach Post reports. "I can tell you that it's fortunate for me that I don't have any lingering deficiencies from the injuries," Thomas said. "I don't have any handicap injuries that will hold me back. They've all been able to heal up. The fortunate part is it's always something new. It's not chronic."

EDGE Analysis

Injuries played a big role in the disappointment of Thomas' stint in Jacksonville, limiting him to only 21 games in two seasons. Now reunited with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase -- who served as the Broncos' offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 -- the 28-year-old tight end won't have to learn a new offensive system as he seeks to regain his peak Denver form. Thomas had 24 touchdowns in 27 games between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, serving as the top red zone target in a high-flying Peyton Manning offense. Scores won't be so easy to come by in Miami, but Thomas should emerge as one of Ryan Tannehill's favorite targets if he can simply manage to stay on the field. There is plenty of competition for targets from a talented wideout group featuring Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Leonte Carroo.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
4 months ago

Thomas (back) has passed his physical with the Dolphins, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although his trade from Jacksonville to Miami won't take effect until the new league year starts on March 9, Thomas won't be a stranger within the offensive scheme used in his new locale. Under the instruction of offensive coordinator Adam Gase in 2013 and 2014, Thomas posted 12 touchdowns for the Broncos in both campaigns, helping him land a five-year, $46 million contract with the Jaguars in March of 2015. Gase will soon be embarking upon his second offseason program with the Dolphins, only this time he'll have a familiar face to introduce to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. If fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Dion Sims both depart in free agency, Thomas will assume top TE duties and seek a bounce-back season.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
4 months ago

Thomas will be traded from the Jaguars to the Dolphins in exchange for a late-round pick in this year's draft, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas managed just 76 receptions for 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons after signing a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jaguars in 2015, but in joining the Dolphins, he'll be reunited with coach Adam Gase, who served as his offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. Thomas scored 12 touchdowns in both of those seasons, emerging as a top fantasy tight end along the way. Although having Peyton Manning as his quarterback obviously helped his stock significantly at the time, Thomas should like his chances for improvement in his new setting, where he could cement himself as Miami's starting tight end given that Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims are both potential free-agent departures this offseason.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
4 months ago1 Comment

Thomas could join the Dolphins in a trade for offensive tackle Branden Albert, who is visiting the Jaguars on Monday, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas has fallen flat of expectations since signing a five-year, $46 million contract with the Jaguars in 2015, but with the Dolphins committed to moving on from Albert and his hefty salary, and the Jaguars in need of a new left tackle, a potential swap seems to make sense for both parties. Considering both Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims are hitting the free-agent market, acquiring Thomas would fill Miami's need at tight end, and would also reunite him with coach Adam Gase, who Thomas thrived under while Gase served as his offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2014. While that change of scenery could help Thomas' fantasy stock, his proposed move to the Dolphins could be contingent on how Albert's visit with the Jaguars goes Monday, making the situation worthwhile to monitor.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
4 months ago

Thomas (back) remains in the Jaguars' plans for 2017, WJXT Jacksonville reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas was due $3 million if he was still on the roster at 4 PM ET, and the deadline came and went, signaling the Jaguars' commitment to the tight end for the upcoming season. They only would've saved $2 million by cutting him, so that doesn't seem to have been a legitimate possibility anyway. However, they can save $7 million by releasing him next season. Unless Thomas can put together a healthy and productive 2016 campaign, his days in Jacksonville may be numbered. The former All-Pro tight end has only played in 21 of 32 games as a member of the organization.

Julius Thomas
TE MIA (11)
6 months ago

Thomas (back) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Ryan O'Halloran of Jacksonville.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas injured his back in Week 11 against the Lions, but hadn't really found a groove in the Jaguars' offense before then anyway and will finish his second season in Jacksonville with 30 receptions for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Looking ahead, it's entirely possible Thomas has played his last game for the Jags, considering the team could save nearly $5 million in cap space by releasing him in the offseason. In his absence, Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling figure to handle tight end duties for the remainder of the 2016 campaign.