Thomas Will Add Burst

Thomas Will Add Burst

It will be another three weeks before Kansas City Chiefs newest offensive threat; Running Back De'Anthony Thomas, will be able to return to practice. So whatever he can absorb during his weekend mini camp this weekend, should serve him well when he returns next month.

There are many steadfast rules in the NFL but none is more electric than the catch phrase, speed kills. Kansas City Chiefs General Manager, John Dorsey, made an emphasis in this draft that he wanted more speed on his roster.

By grabbing Oregon Speed Merchant, DeAnthony Thomas, in round four earlier this month, Dorsey delivered a high octane racing motor for Head Coach, Andy Reid, to rev up this season.

That means Thomas, who will serve as a back-up running back and return man, might also see action at slot receiver. It's something Thomas already feels he can do.

"I feel like I've been getting a lot of work. During practice I've been playing slot a lot, so I'm pretty familiar with the position. I'm just ready to execute and contribute to this team," Thomas said after his first rookie camp session on Saturday.

Thomas still hasn't finished college and NFL rules prohibit players outside of their initial rookie mini-camp, to participate in most off-season workouts until their school year ends.

The time he will miss is going to set him back but he's hardly in danger of losing a roster spot. In fact, the Chiefs are counting on Thomas to adapt quickly so they can use him in a variety of ways on offense.

"He's done that before," Andy Reid said about Thomas's ability to play in the slot.

"We're using him here, you saw we had him all over the place. That's what we're going to do with him. Brad (Childress) and Eric (Bieniemy) are kind of working with him. Brad's doing a little bit with the spread stuff and that and Eric does stuff with him from the backfield and a couple of split out things."

For Thomas, his success on the field might not boil down to the reps he may not get over the next few weeks but his internal drive to do whatever it takes to make plays whenever he gets his hands on the ball.

I just feel like I'm a playmaker. Wherever Coach puts me on the field, I'm going to help this team get to the promise land," he said.

And that's exactly why Dorsey drafted him in the first place.




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