Oregon fans catch rookie running back De’Anthony Thomas at Chiefs camp

08/04/2014 6:20 PM

08/04/2014 6:51 PM

Their green Oregon hats and No. 6 jersey were dead giveaways.

Dave Reeves of Lansing, and his children, Emily and Robert, both 10, were at training camp Monday to watch rookie running back De’Anthony Thomas.

Robert was wearing the No. 6 that Thomas sported at Oregon before he was taken in the third round of the draft by the Chiefs.

“It was our single happiest football day when he got drafted (by the Chiefs),” Reeves said.

“We’re from this area, but fell in love with the Ducks. I like the way they play football.

“We’ve been watching them for three or four years. We DVR all the games, because they’re on the West Coast and nobody one gets to see them (live). I don’t think a lot of people in this part of the country really realize how good that pick is.”

Thomas, now wearing No. 1 for the Chiefs, has been one of the hits of training camp as a ball carrier, receiver and punt returner.

“He’s fast,” Reeves said. “He’s going to be a crowd-pleaser. When they hit him on those special teams ... I’m convinced coach (Dave) Toub will draw some things up for him.”

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