5 Panthers who should feel disrespected by 2021 Madden rating
Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: Ian Thomas (TE) – 70 Madden rating
Big things are expected of Ian Thomas during his third season with the Carolina Panthers. But his Madden rating might not actually reflect the sort of skill set he brings to the table.
Thomas will be looking to make the No. 1 spot his own after prolific veteran Greg Olsen departed in free agency for the Seattle Seahawks. His rookie form would suggest that the Indiana product is more than up to the task. But there is little to go off from 2019 which does pose some concerns.
The fact Thomas was given the same Madden rating as backup Chris Manhertz is bound to sting. But it is further proof that the player has it all to do in 2020 to prove his doubters wrong.
There is little doubt that Thomas should be ranked a little higher. He brings tremendous athleticism to the table. And he has the speed and strength to create separation at the second level.
Olsen received an 86 rating from Madden during what could be his final season as a professional. He recently signed a deal with Fox Sports to become a color commentator on their No. 2 NFL team when he eventually hands up his cleats. And it would be a surprise if he didn’t make this transition in 2021.
The Panthers placed a tremendous amount of faith in Thomas to fill Olsen’s shoes next season and beyond. They didn’t bring in any notable reinforcements at tight end during free agency or the NFL Draft. So the position is his to lose.