Due to his similarities to rookie wideout Tyreek Hill, Thomas hasn't made an impact with the
Thomas was inactive Sunday due to his similarities with rookie Tyreek Hill, Blair Kerkhoff of KansasCity.com reports.
The Chiefs made the surprising move to keep both Thomas and rookie Tyreek Hill on the team's 53-man roster following final cuts prior to the regular season opener. However, Thomas was made inactive Sunday, while Hill was on field. Coach Andy Reid clarified the matter and said that both players provide similar qualities both offensively and in the return game, so they only needed one to be active. Hill made most of his limited opportunities, with a nine-yard touchdown on his only catch of the game. He also had three punt returns with an average of 11 yards per return. If Hill continues to impress and remains active, it appears Thomas could be a mainstay on the team's inactive list.
Thomas will be inactive alongside backfield mate Jamaal Charles (knee), with his next opportunity to return coming Week 2 against the Texans. The 23-year-old impressed throughout the preseason, but likely won't have a significant role in the offense moving forward.
Rod Streater was expected to take a spot over Thomas but the team instead jettisoned Streater to San Francisco and held on to the 23-year-old speedster. Still, he remains buried on the depth chart and isn't expected to contribute as much on special teams in 2016 either.
Teicher suggests that Thomas is not among the team's top six receivers and sits behind Tyreek Hill on the punt returner spot of the depth chart. Unless he can carve out a role in the final couple preseason games, it may spell the end of the speedster's run in Kansas City.
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