Rookie De’Anthony Thomas out of Oregon made a big impact for Kansas City last year, showcasing his electric playmaking abilities nearly every time he touched the ball. Thomas was ranked the second best punt returner in 2014, only behind the ever elusive Darren Sproles. On top of his instant contributions in the return game, he had 14 carries for 113 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown along with 23 receptions for another 156 yards. This all cumulated with Thomas being awarded the Chiefs’ Rookie of the Year award.
The 2014 fourth round has his eyes set sky high after a promising rookie campaign. De’Anthony posted the below image on Instagram, with the caption:
“WE AIN’T THE SAME #RUNDAT CANT WAIT TO THE SEASON START AGAIN NEW GOALS NEW POSITION”.
Thomas was listed as a running back his first year in the league, although he caught 9 more passes than he received carries. If he were to switch to wide receiver successfully it would bolster a position that has had it’s fair share of recent woes.
“I’m very impressed with Antonio Brown,” said Thomas per The Kansas City Star. “He’s a great player and I feel like I have the same ability to make the same plays like him and help the team and be that (kind of impact) player”. If De’Anthony Thomas, who is 1 inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter than Antonio Brown, can produce anywhere near to half of the level that Brown did for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 it will help propel a passing offense that ranked 29th in the league.