Shaq Thompson

Shaq Thompson

30-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Carolina Panthers
Questionable
Injury Lower Leg
Est. Return 5/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson's eighth season as a pro in 2022 saw him post his highest tackle tally yet, as he led the Panthers with 135 stops in 17 games. In doing so, he now sports four straight campaigns with triple-digit tackles. With Carolina reworking his contract this offseason, Thompson will remain with the team for the coming campaign. His leadership and playmaking figure to be key as the defense transitions to new coordinator Ejiro Evero's 3-4 scheme. Along with a healthy Jeremy Chinn, Thompson once again is a top candidate to pace the Panthers in tackles. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $12.6 million restructured contract with the Panthers in March of 2023.
Headed to IR
LBCarolina Panthers
Lower Leg
September 19, 2023
Thompson (lower leg) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Thompson suffered a fractured fibula during Monday night's loss to the Saints and has since been placed on IR. The veteran linebacker had surgery Tuesday and will likely miss the remainder of this season. Expect Kamu Grugier-Hill and Claudin Cherelus' roles to expand, as the two will likely fill Carolina's void at inside linebacker going forward.
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Carolina PanthersPanthers 2023 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

95494%
78277%
45144%
39239%
29929%
18018%
17117%
13814%
747%
646%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Shaq Thompson's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
230 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.64 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.08 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.99 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Although he ranked third on the Panthers with 104 tackles, Thompson still topped the century mark in the category for a third straight campaign. The veteran also did so while missing three games, yet he contributed a pair of sacks and interceptions apiece to boot. As one of Carolina's defensive leaders, Thompson again should play a key role in 2022, when he'll headline a new-look linebacking corps following the offseason signings of Damien Wilson and Cory Littleton.
In his first pro season without Panthers legend Luke Kuechly next to him, Thompson rose to the occasion of his newfound leadership role. He played all 16 games for the first time in his six-year career, enabling him to post a new personal best of 114 tackles. With back-to-back seasons of 100-plus stops, the 27-year-old has developed into a consistent difference maker in the middle of Carolina's defense and will hope to maintain his performance in a similar situation in 2021
Thompson might not be better than average, but for this year at least he'll be busy piling up stops for a Carolina defense that figures to spend a lot of time on the field. He missed two games in 2019 - something he's somehow done in each of his five NFL seasons - yet still logged 984 snaps, a career high by 340. If he manages to play a full season, he'll be a candidate for 1,100 snaps, a workload too big to fail for IDP purposes. Although Thompson might play a little farther away from the action than the coverage-challenged Tahir Whitehead, Thompson should trend toward 120 tackles in his own right and offers superior blitzing ability otherwise (8.5 sacks on his last 2,225 snaps). Thompson's over/under for sacks is probably 3.5.
It seems absurd that the Panthers selected Thompson in the first round in 2015 just to be a part-time player, but that's exactly what they did, limiting the athletic linebacker to no more than 644 snaps in a year. With Thomas Davis finally gone, that will change in 2019. While Thompson isn't guaranteed to thrive after his promotion, he has shown intriguing blitzing ability, producing five sacks on his last 1,241 snaps. That would set his seasonal baseline to about four per season, presumably with upward spikes a possibility from year to year.
A first-round pick in 2015, Thompson has gradually improved his numbers each season. This year, he has a great chance to expedite his progress, as teammate Thomas Davis is suspended for the first four games. That should leave Thompson to start alongside Luke Kuechly, opening an opportunity for him to establish himself as Davis' heir in Carolina's dynamic linebacking duo.
A first-round pick in 2015, Thompson has totaled just 106 tackles, one sack and one interception since entering the league. While the three-down presence of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, who comprise arguably the NFL's best linebacking duo, leaves relatively few opportunities for Thompson, he's still only 23 years old. There's thus room for optimism that Thompson will increase his productivity at some point, especially if Kuechly's concussion concerns arise again. However, Thompson's upside will remain somewhat capped as long as Kuechly and Davis are healthy.
The Panthers' 2015 first round pick, Thompson is a hybrid linebacker that was somewhat slowed by a knee injury to start last year, but finished with 50 tackles in 14 regular season appearances. As the campaign unfolded, the Panthers found more ways to use Thompson, particularly his coverage flexibility. Going into his second season, Thompson projects as Carolina's third starting linebacker, which bodes well for an increase in production, but Pro Bowlers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis should continue to thrive in three-down roles, capping Thompson's upside should they stay healthy.
The Panthers' first-round pick this year, Thompson is an ultra-athletic linebacker that should allow defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to get creative with his scheme work this season. Although somewhat undersized, Thompson's playmaking ability should gradually see him emerge as the Panthers' third starting linebacker besides Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.
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Gets surgery, likely done for 2023
LBCarolina Panthers
Lower Leg
September 19, 2023
Panthers head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that Thompson is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured fibula suffered in Monday's 20-17 loss to the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Fractures fibula
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
September 18, 2023
Thompson is feared to have fractured his fibula in Monday's game against the Saints, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Suffers significant injury
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
September 18, 2023
Thompson suffered a "significant" ankle injury in Monday's 20-17 loss to the Saints, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Doubtful to return
LBCarolina Panthers
Shin
September 18, 2023
Thompson (shin) is doubtful to return Monday night against the Saints, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
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Five tackles in opener
LBCarolina Panthers
September 12, 2023
Thompson recorded five tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
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