As detailed earlier, De'Anthony Thomas did not attend the Kansas City Chiefs OTAs this month because of an NFL rulethat requires a rookie's school to be done with before he can practice. Thomas was allowed to attend the rookie minicamp last month but hasn't been allowed back since.
So what has DAT been doing in the meantime? Skype-ing with the Chiefs running backs coach!
"He and [running backs coach] Eric Bieniemy have Skype-d every day along the way and made sure they stayed up on that part and whatever they could do through technology," Andy Reid said Monday on 810 WHB's The Program. "Now he's back here and he'll get another three days.
"It's like finals, you have three days to load up and figure out what we're doing from the standpoint that you have to go out on the field and do it. We're glad he's here. We're glad he's been as diligent as he's been with the communication part of it before this."
Hey, at least they weren't doing this through Snapchat ....
So, will the Chiefs have trouble teaching him multiple positions -- running back, receiver, returner -- since he's missed so much time already?
"He's had to do this same type of thing at Oregon where he as a running back, receiver, punt returner, kick returner ... he's done all those things. That's kinda his game.
"From a teaching standpoint, you can't overload the kid. That's not fair and his production would probably be way down if you did that. You want to ease him into it and see how he does and there has to be some patience there."
I've predicted that DAT's biggest contributions early on will come from special teams. Seems like the easiest way to use his talents early on.