After a career year in 2020 where he set season-bests in receptions, yards and touchdowns, Washington Football team tight end Logan Thomas is primed for another big season in 2021.
In fact, longtime NFL receiver and NBC Sports Washington analyst Torrey Smith believes Thomas will be able to play a role in the Burgundy and Gold's offense similar to what former Panthers' star Greg Olsen had in Carolina.
"Logan Thomas -- people aren't talking about him enough," Smith said on Washington Football Kickoff Live. "When you see Logan Thomas, you should really think of Greg Olsen as a guy who really thrived in this offense. He's going to get a lot of targets this year."
Smith comparing Thomas to Olsen is high praise. Olsen was a three-time Pro Bowler and annually one of the best tight ends during his tenure with the Panthers. He was a Ron Rivera favorite, too, as Washington's head coach attempted to sign Olsen last offseason when he was a free agent.
Statistically, Thomas would have to outperform his 2020 campaign in order to reach Olsen's level of production in Carolina. Thomas totaled 72 receptions for 670 yards last season -- albeit an impressive stat line -- is far from Olsen's peak, which consisted of a trio of 1,000-plus yard seasons.
For Thomas, putting up those numbers could be even more difficult in 2021 when considering the talent Washington added on offense this offseason. Washington added speedy wideout Curtis Samuel in free agency and used one of its third-round picks on Dyami Brown, a vertical threat who had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at North Carolina.
Regardless if Thomas is able to put up Olsen-like numbers or not, he's expected to have a big role in Washington's offense once again. Even with all the new additions to Scott Turner's unit, Smith believes that the 30-year-old will have opponents on notice this fall.
"For those in the league that don't know [Thomas], they will this year," Smith said.