KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fourth-round draft pick De'Anthony Thomas received a lot of work at the recently concluded Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp at both running back and receiver. Thomas will have to make that work last. School is still in session at Oregon and under NFL rules, Thomas can't participate with the Chiefs again until the academic quarter is finished in early June.
The Chiefs will begin full-squad offseason practice on Tuesday without Thomas. They aren't expecting to have him again until they conclude their offseason schedule with a three-day minicamp beginning on June 17.
"All the other guys (are going to be) here getting (their) work in,'' Thomas said. "But you know me. I feel like I've also been putting in my work, training and just getting ready to be here.''
Thomas can overcome his absence but he will lose 10 practices, so this could well be a setback for both him and eventually the Chiefs. Thomas is fast and the Chiefs would like to work him into their lineup quickly at whatever position they feel he best fits. He's bound to be behind when he returns in mid-June and, more importantly, when training camp begins in July.
"He and (running backs coach) Eric Bieniemy work closely every day and go over stuff either by Skype or however they work it,'' coach Andy Reid said. "He's actually holding on to what we've given him pretty good."