NFL rookies like to get big heads about their first seasons at the big league level and that’s a bug that has bitten Kansas City Chiefs rookie utility runner De’Anthony Thomas.
Thomas spoke to NFL.com for a Rookie Confessional in which he claimed he’ll be a player like no other player we’ve seen in the NFL before.
To boot, Thomas also says he’s going to win the Rookie of the Year Award while also winning the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs this season. Those are bold goals for Thomas and he’s unlikely to achieve any of them, but let’s not judge before we see what he has.
A Super Bowl might be the easiest of Thomas’ goals to achieve as the Chiefs look to be serious this year about not regressing and instead moving ahead of where they were supposed to be in Year 2 of the Andy Reid era. Still, Thomas is only going to return kicks for the most part and that’s not how you win Rookie of the Year.
Then again, Devin Hester was only a kick returner and he’s going to get into the Hall of Fame some day, so never say never. For Thomas, he has a lot to prove with the Chiefs but he’s a versatile player and the running back position has evolved once again in the last five years from the Emmit Smith style of running to the Adrian Peterson style of running to a style of running that is a hybrid of a few different things.
Thomas has the skill set to shock a lot of critics, and he’s clearly possessing the confidence to try and make that happen.