Kansas City Chiefs rookie De’Anthony Thomas is one of the most intriguing movable chess pieces in the game right now, because his blazing speed and explosiveness in the open field make him an ideal candidate for slot snaps and tosses to the outside on rushing plays. There are still plenty of concerns over Thomas’s ability to hold up in this league, but the biggest thing he’ll have to prove is that he can run routes, catch passes, and force defenders to miss with more than just speed.
According to Chiefs official site beat writer BJ Kissel, Thomas did not practice today after dealing with “spasms” in his hamstring this morning. Any hamstring injury is worth monitoring (see Odell Beckham Jr. for a rookie example of how easy they are to aggravate), and this is especially true for speedy guys like Thomas. There probably isn’t anything here to be worried about, but it’s worth at least keeping in mind.
Thomas made a massive impact in the Chiefs first preseason game with a 35-yard kick-off return and an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown, and he also notched a three-yard carry. In Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, DAT had a 13-yard carry and some nice work on punt returns, but he’s failed to make an impact as a receiver through the first two preseason games. He spent more time working with the WRs coach earlier this offseason, and that’s the part of his game that needs more work (it’s also the harder position to play in the NFL from a mental standpoint).