It took me by somewhat of a surprise when the Kansas City Chiefs opted to bring back De’Anthony Thomas in mid-March.
Thomas, 25, felt like a much more interesting player for me in 2014 and 2015 before the Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill in 2016.
Hill does a lot of things that Thomas offered in ‘14 and ‘15, and he is a little bit faster doing it. Thomas, therefore, has never put up eye-popping offensive stats, and he’s been good for about 150 receiving yards a year since his debut.
But Thomas doesn’t care about what you think of his stats.
I WAS NEVER A STAT KIND OF GUY. I JUST LOVE BALLING #RUNDAT— DE'ANTHONY THOMAS (@DATBLACKMOMBA13) April 2, 2018
To Thomas’ credit, special teams coordinator Dave Toub speaks about him as highly as any player on the team. He also really wanted to stay a Chief and reportedly left a lot of money on the table to do so.
Thomas will be returning from a broken leg in 2018 and I expect him to be in the mix once again as a returner.