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Catch and run by De’Anthony Thomas makes training camp crowd roar

The Chiefs’s De'Anthony Thomas ran during agility drills in Monday's rookie and quarterbacks training camp practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
The Chiefs’s De'Anthony Thomas ran during agility drills in Monday's rookie and quarterbacks training camp practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. The Kansas City Star

Rookie De’Anthony Thomas made a scintillating grab over the middle, squeezed past a couple defenders and set cruise control for the end zone during team drills Saturday at Chiefs training camp.

The Family Fun Day crowd of 6,200, a record for the upper practice fields at Missouri Western, roared in approval.

So far in camp, Thomas, who the Chiefs hope will replace or surpass Dexter McCluster’s production, has lined up in the backfield for handoffs, he’s motioned wide from backfield sets and he’s lined up in the slot.

He’s also returned kickoffs and punts.

“You can move him all over the place,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “You just have to make sure that you ease him into it, right? You can’t overload him. He’s a young guy, but so far he’s handled everything we’ve done with him — and we have moved him in a few different places.”

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