The Kansas City Chiefs needed to find a replacement for the versatile Dexter McCluster, and they did just that with De’Anthony Thomas. Thomas’s position may say running back, but Andy Reid will use him all over the field. Thomas is a viable option at running back, wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner. Entering training camp, Thomas will be brought along slowly as Jamaal Charles takes the brunt of the workload.
In the new age of the NFL, players who are similar in stature as Thomas have found success. As teams are implementing schemes from colleges and are spreading the field, teams are drafting players who are speed demons. Thomas is known for his speed, and will look to showcase that as a member of the Chiefs.
Though Thomas will be a backup, his impact will be needed with the Chiefs. Quarterback Alex Smith is known to make the safe throw, and Thomas will be a matchup nightmare for linebackers attempting to guard him. He lined up at various positions while he was at Oregon, and he will look to duplicate that role with the Chiefs.
In Reid’s offenses, the running back is accustomed to having a multitude of roles. Thomas brings an added dimension to the team that will be needed as the AFC West continues to improve. The Chiefs made a great decision in taking Thomas, and it will pay off as soon as he sees the field.