Thomas has missed 10 of the 16 offseason practices thus far because of NFL rules prohibiting players from participating while their college was still in session, as Oregon was until last week.
But Thomas has been around enough to flash his speed, which is "world class," according to the report. The Chiefs have used Thomas at running back, as a wide receiver and as a kickoff and punt returner.
The report says the Chiefs need to use Thomas as their return specialist "at a minimum." And on offense, they should try to get him the ball a few times every game.
"You know what, in rookie minicamp I thought he did a great job," Bieniemy said. "Obviously when those kids come to camp, you never know what to expect. 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, he did an outstanding job of running the ball. It was fun watching him work. I've seen him since high school, I know what he can do. It was just exciting having the opportunity to see him do it live and up close in person."
With the 124th pick in the draft, the
Thomas compares somewhat favorably with Dexter McCluster, who the Chiefs lost in the offseason. He's raw, but dangerous with the ball in his hands. There's a good chance Thomas will play an immediate role as the team's return man. He averaged 6.2 yards per rush, and scored 8 touchdowns in 96 attempts. He's blocked by Jamaal Charles in Kansas City, but will contribute in other ways.
|P2||8/17/14||@ CAR||8:00 pm|
|P4||8/28/14||@ GB||7:00 pm|
|2||9/14/14||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ MIA||4:25 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/19/14||@ SD||4:05 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/20/14||@ OAK||8:25 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
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