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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

05/12/14 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 4/124 - De'Anthony Thomas, RB, 5-9, 174, Oregon...The Chiefs were not intent on signing Dexter McCluster after the 2013 season, and the former second-round choice landed with the Tennessee Titans. With Thomas, they replaced him and may have upgraded the talent level on the roster as well. McCluster was quick, but did not necessarily possess straight-line speed; the Chiefs think Thomas has both the quickness and explosive speed. For the Ducks, Thomas averaged 12 yards every time the ball was in his hands as a runner, receiver and returner. He will do all three with the Chiefs. - The Sports Xchange
03/26/14 - 2014 Pro Days: De'Anthony Thomas clocked at 4.34 at Oregon workout...De'Anthony Thomas put to bed any concerns about his straight-line speed during Oregon's Pro Day, clocking in at 4.38 and 4.34 according to the hand-held times of one long-time league scout attending Thursday's workout. The times were more in tune with the explosive speed Thomas had demonstrated throughout his three seasons with the Ducks and significantly faster than the 4.50 he was credited with at the Scouting Combine. Thomas' best time would have ranked behind only Kent State's Dri Archer and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks for fastest recorded in Indianapolis this year.

Just like Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders yesterday, Thomas proved faster than quick when changing directions, recording less impressive times in the short shuttle (4.23 seconds), long shuttle (11.46 seconds) and 3-cone drill (6.95 seconds) in the 3-cone drill. He did show improvement in the bench press, lifting the bar 10 times on Thursday (as opposed to eight times in Indianapolis) and had a 10'3" broad jump, according to the Ducks' official athletic website.

According to the report at GoDucks.com, Thomas showed "explosive burst and quick cuts" while running seven routes and didn't drop a pass. The ability to offer playmaking ability at running back, receiver and returner is Thomas' greatest asset. At 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, he doesn't possess the bulk to handle more than 5-10 touches a game but few enjoyed greater success than Thomas, whose serpentine-like manueverability in the open field earned him the affectionate nickname DAT. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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