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Three plays that show the De'Anthony Thomas effect for the Chiefs

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Three good examples of the DAT effect.

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I was talking to another media member during the Chiefs 24-20 victory over the Seahawks and noted that it seemed like you noticed De'Anthony Thomas every time he was on the field. That wasn't necessarily because he was touching the ball every play it was because he was in motion or lined up in such a way that the defense had to take notice. He was exactly what you hear analysts talk about when you draft a player like that -- he can affect the play whether he touches the ball or not.

Ben Fennell who runs the Twitter account of @TheXOsOfLife had several great examples of how DAT affected the game even when he didn't touch the ball. This is one of the best breakdowns of the DAT effect that I've seen. Next time you watch the Chiefs game, check out how DAT is used when on the field, especially early on.