While in college at Oregon, running back De’Anthony Thomas contended for national titles and individual awards thanks to his game-breaking ability on offense and special teams.
He’s taking a step up in class this year after being selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the draft in May, but he doesn’t see too much changing for himself. Thomas told NFL.com that his goals for his rookie season include winning Rookie of the Year, leading Kansas City in a slew of offensive categories and making a trip to the Super Bowl. What gives Thomas the confidence to set such bold goals for himself?
“I’m a player that nobody’s ever seen step on the football field,” Thomas said.
The big question will be how much Thomas gets to step on the field. While a role as a returner looks to be his to lose, Thomas isn’t locked into an expansive role on offense for the Chiefs as a rookie. His speed makes him a intriguing prospect, but he missed OTAs because Oregon was still in session and he’s smaller than most players who are holding down the every-down roles it takes to make good on those goals.
If the Chiefs find a way to use that speed a handful of times a game, Thomas won’t be winning any hardware at the end of the season. Their offense will be more threatening, though, and that could make Thomas’ team goals more realistic.