Sunday, May 25, 2014
Chiefs using Thomas in variety of spots
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some observations from the second day of the Kansas City Chiefs' rookie camp:
-- The Chiefs continued to utilize De'Anthony Thomas in a variety of spots but he received more work as a wide receiver than he did on Saturday. Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick, still lined up plenty of times as a running back. Though he could get some work there when the regular season begins, I still don't see how the Chiefs will get much out of him as a running back. First, the Chiefs are loaded there with Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. Life is also not just difficult for 5-9, 175-pound running backs, but also the teams that utilize them. Until such a time comes that the Chiefs move Thomas to receiver full-time, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy will work Thomas hard. Bieniemy yelled at Thomas to finish on several plays Thomas thought were over. Bieniemy did the same thing with other backs, but not as often as with Thomas.
-- Similarly, the Chiefs are trying to figure out where offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif best fits. He worked at left guard in this practice after spending his time at right tackle on Saturday. Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round draft pick who played in college at Canada's McGill University, has the athletic skills to play either position.
-- One of the developmental veterans participating in camp is wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., who has made several nice catches. Hammond is fast and would challenge for a roster spot with a strong training camp. Hammond joined the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie and spent all season on the practice squad.
-- The numbers are in on the contract signed by fifth-round quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray's four-year contract is worth $2,402,424. He received a signing bonus of $182,424.