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July 21, 2014

Is the Chiefs’ De’Anthony Thomas a running back or receiver? Training camp will provide the answer

The Chiefs have already said they expect to use the former Oregon speedster as a running back, slot receiver and return specialist, but the rookie may have revealed Sunday where he will spend most of his time in training camp.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

The Chiefs already have said they expect to use former Oregon speedster De’Anthony Thomas as a running back, slot receiver and return specialist.

Given Thomas’ slight 5-foot-9, 174-pound frame, it’s safe to say he would seem to be a better fit as a slot receiver on offense, though the fact he’s been spending his time learning with running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, rather than receivers coach David Culley, is potentially revealing.

Check out these answers from Thomas’ Q&A session with the media on Sunday:

Question: What were you able to do as far as learning the playbook over the break? Were you on the iPad?

Thomas: “Yes, iPad, Skype session with my coach and that’s how I stayed dialed in.”

Question: Is it mainly with Coach (Eric) Bieniemy or did Coach (David) Culley have some of that to?”

Thomas: “Coach Bieniemy.”

To be fair, Thomas is listed as a running back on the roster, and he spent most of his team in organized team activities lined up out of the backfield.

But it will be interesting to see whether that trend holds because Thomas is not built to run up the middle and he had most of his success at Oregon playing a hybrid receiver-running back position.

The first practice of training camp begins at 8:45 tonight.

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