Data Scout Notes: 2013: NA...Coming off 09-28-13 Ankle INJ...PWCamp/PDoak/PMaxwell/PHornung/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang/TSX-PTW/PJet...2012: HMC-KR...PWCamp/PMaxwell...2011: Co-OROYC/1stC-KR
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08/08/14 - RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas produced 118 all-purpose yards in the Chiefs' preseason opener against Cincinnati and that was with just three plays where the ball was in his hands. Thomas had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 35-yard kickoff return and one rushing attempt for three yards. He was not targeted in the passing game.
08/05/14 - WR De'Anthony Thomas will be a hybrid weapon for Andy Reid's offense, as he'll lineup in the backfield, as well as outside as a receiver. His spot on the roster should be safe, especially since he's been one of the best performers in camp. He has quickly picked up the always difficult Reid offense and won the respect of his teammates on defense.
"As a defensive player, you get nervous when you've got him in the game," said veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson. "You look up and it's No. 1 in the backfield and that's not a running back to me. He's one of those guys that's going to create that mismatch for the linebackers. He's going to help us this year."
06/06/14 - RB De'Anthony Thomas is not taking part in the Chiefs' OTA sessions because of the archaic NFL rule that does not allow rookies to participate in the offseason until their college has finished finals. At the University of Oregon, the current semester does not end until the middle of June, so Thomas will not be seen until training camp. But he was able to participate in the team's rookie minicamp and left a very good impression.
"I thought he did a great job," said running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. "I'll tell you one thing, he blew our socks off. He was in great shape, he did an outstanding job of catching the ball and he did an outstanding job of running the ball. It was fun watching him work. I've seen him since high school so I know what he can do. It was just exciting having the opportunity to see him up close and in person."
05/12/14 - Chiefs like how they helped roster depth in draft...The Kansas City Chiefs began the 2014 NFL Draft with a pass rusher and cover guy, and ended their participation with a pair of offensive line prospects. "I think right now we've improved the Kansas City Chiefs and improved that competitive depth that we talk about," said general manager John Dorsey after wrapping up his second draft with the Chiefs. "Right now we feel pretty good about where we are at this stage, but we'll see." After getting just one player in Thursday's first round and one player in Friday's second and third rounds, they added four in Saturday's drafting action and caused some conversation with three of those choices.
By grabbing Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth round, the Chiefs added one of the more explosive offensive and special teams performers coming out of the college this year. He projects as a faster and more talented Dexter McCluster, who left the Chiefs in free agency and landed with the Tennessee Titans. "He's a hybrid type of player," said Dorsey. "He's a niche player; he can play running back, he can play slot receiver and he can return. With a coach like Andy Reid, you have somebody that's going to take advantage of all of that." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - De'Anthony Thomas picked up the nickname "Black Momba" when he became a Pop Warner legend in a Los Angeles league run by rapper Snoop Dogg. "I'd never seen nobody move in grass that fast other than a black snake," Snoop said several years ago. It's a nickname that Thomas has embraced over the years, and it's helped form his attitude about the game. "I just love the passion of the game and I feel like I'm an entertainer out there," Thomas said. "I love making the crowd make noise and I love making plays for my team and my fans."
Last year, Thomas earned NCAA All-America honors in track when he anchored the Pac-12 Conference championship team in the 4x100 relay. His career best times in the 100 meters are (10.55 seconds) and 200 meters (21.3). Despite being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thomas hopes to continue his track career and find a way to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. "Football comes first, but hopefully the track career is not over," Thomas said. "Right now it's on hold." - The Sports Xchange