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The more playbook the better for Chiefs’ De’Anthony Thomas

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) tracked the run of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas (13) during the team’s training camp practice Wednesday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) tracked the run of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas (13) during the team’s training camp practice Wednesday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. deulitt@kcstar.com

The more playbook the better for the Chiefs’ De’Anthony Thomas, who has embraced his move to wide receiver from running back/slot.

“It’s a lot more learning,” Thomas said. “Learning the whole offense. I learned the running back stuff last year, now I’m learning the receiver stuff also. It’s just all about learning the whole offense, and I feel like I can be more valuable to the team the more time I can be on the field.”

Thomas caught 23 passes for 156 yards last year, mostly from the slot, where he ran short routes and screens. He carried the ball 14 times for 113 yards and a touchdown and returned 14 kicks for a 30.5-yard average.

With the switch of Thomas, the second-year speedster from Oregon, and the acquisition of Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs had upgraded the position, especially speed. Thomas said his eyes light up when a big cornerback lines up across from him.

“Just making that one move to open his hips up,” Thomas said. “That’s the only thing I need.”

Thomas is soaking up knowledge working with Maclin and Jason Avant, who have a combined 14 years of NFL experience.

“They keep staying in my head about learning the playbook and me just trying to contribute,” Thomas said.

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