WR De'Anthony Thomas - Baltimore Ravens
|5-9, 174||Born: 1-5-1993||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2014|
2017 Week 6 vs PIT (4 / 3 / 61 / 1 rec)
De'Anthony Thomas stepped up in place of the injured Chris Conley, catching three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Thomas scored the lone touchdown for the Chiefs on a 57 yard catch and run down the right sideline. Alex Smith was able to scramble away from a heavy Pittsburgh pass rush and found Thomas down the sideline. Thomas showed nice ability after the catch, shaking his initial defender as well as another member of the Pittsburgh secondary on his way to the end zone. Thomas is small, fast and shifty, so he fits in well with what the Chiefs want to do on offense, namely spread the defense out and get their playmakers in space.
2015 Week 1 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Thomas had a very quiet day offensively, carrying the ball once for nine yards and adding on a catch for two more yards. He also handled punt return duties, returning 5 for 81 yards - the longest of which was for 19 yards. Thomas is an intriguing prospect as the WR3 for the Chiefs due to his speed and elusiveness, but provides little fantasy value until he has a consistent role carved out for him.
2015 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Thomas received some more looks in the passing game, an interesting development to monitor to see if it continues. He was targeted four times in total, behind only the big three of Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles. Thomas caught two of the passes for 20 yards and was the apparent target of a badly thrown ball by Alex Smith in the red zone in the fourth quarter that was intercepted. He also handled punt return duties, returning four for 18 yards total.
2015 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
The Chiefs multi-purpose weapon has yet to make an impact as he transitions to wide receiver. Thomas caught both of his targets for 12 yards and also had one carry for negative yardage. He continues to be involved on special teams, returning one kickoff for 19 yards and five punts for eighteen yards.
2015 Week 4 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec, 2 / -4 / 0 rush)
Thomas' longest play of the day was a 23-yard kickoff return. He was targeted only once in the passing game, which he caught for an 11-yard gain. His two rushing attempts resulted in negative yardage. There is no clearly defined role for Thomas as of yet, he may have to continue patiently waiting for his opportunity.
2015 Week 5 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
While it was only one play, Thomas showed that he remains a threat to score that must be accounted for by opposing defenses. Alex Smith hit Thomas with a screen pass at the Chicago 19-yard line that he was able to use his speed and acceleration to bring to the house for the Chiefs lone offensive touchdown of the day. Thomas was targeted three times in total, catching one more of them for five yards. He also received one carry which he took for five yards and handled punt return duties and a kickoff return. It's unclear what the long-term plan for Thomas is in Kansas City, but the team could look to get him more involved after the devastating loss of Jamaal Charles, who went down on Sunday with what is believed to be a season-ending injury.
2015 Week 6 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Those anticipating De'Anthony Thomas to be part of the solution to the season-ending injury to Jamaal Charles will have to wait another week. Thomas was not a factor on Sunday, carrying the ball one time for one yard and failing to catch his lone pass target. He handled his usual duties on special teams, returning one kickoff for 20 yards and two punts for 24 yards.
2015 Week 7 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
De'Anthony Thomas contributed 25 combined yards to the Chiefs winning efforts on Sunday and also handled his usual return duties, returning one kick for 30 yards and one punt for 25 yards. There were some thoughts that Thomas would see more of a role with the season-ending injury to Jamaal Charles but that has yet to materialize.
2015 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 1 rush)
De'Anthony Thomas opened up the scoring for the Chiefs with a 10-yard rush in the first quarter, his lone rushing opportunity of the day. He caught all three of his targets for 22 yards and handled his usual return duties. It appears that Thomas will continue to receive only a few opportunities per game. The Chiefs will continue to roll with Jeremy Maclin, Charcandrick West and Travis Kelce as the top offensive options, while Thomas will be left to fight for scraps with the other skill position players.
2015 Week 10 vs DEN (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Thomas caught four of his five targets for 37 yards and chipped in six yards on punt returns. Any thoughts of Thomas becoming a factor in the backfield have fallen by the wayside with the emergence of Charcandrick West as a full-blown lead back. Thomas will continue to receive a couple of targets per game and could occasionally break a nice one, but is not a reliable fantasy option.
2015 Week 11 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
DeAnthony Thomas carried the ball only once for a seven-yard gain and was not targeted in the passing game. Even a hamstring strain that forced Charcandrick West to exit the game in the third quarter did not lead to more opportunities for Thomas, as Spencer Ware jumped right in and assumed West's role, exploding for 101 combined yards and two scores in the process. Thomas does not appear to be in the Chiefs offensive plans.
2014 Week 7 vs SD (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Thomas was more involved in the game in Week 7, with positive results. He picked up 15 yards on a bubble screen that showed his great speed. He sprinted straight through a pile of blockers and tacklers seemingly untouched. He also danced around a tackler for a first down on a short screen that didn't look like much as it developed. Thomas' only carry came on a reverse to start the game and he picked up five where many would have gotten less.
2014 Week 8 vs STL (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Thomas was heavily involved early on but took a couple of vicious shots and had limited success. His best play was a 17 yard reception on a short cross underneath. Thomas badly beat his man then sprinted up the field for a first down. Every other time he touched the ball he was slammed down immediately and it was easy to question how many of those hits a guy his size can take.
2014 Week 9 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec, 1 / 26 / 0 rush)
Thomas' biggest play came on a sneaky WR sweep that netted him 26 yards. Thomas outran the linebacker around the edge then cut inside for the big gain. Thomas only had one other reception, but he nearly took a kickoff to the house. He showed great speed initially but looked to run out of gas and was caught from behind after 78 yards.
2014 Week 11 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
Thomas was heavily involved in the game and was the only receiver besides Bowe to make a catch. All three of Thomas' carries came on WR sweeps or reverses. Each time his speed got him to the edge and good blocking got him positive yardage. Thomas also broke two tackles on a WR screen and picked up 10 yards and a first down. Thomas' speed around the edge was a big part of opening up the middle for Charles.
2014 Week 12 vs OAK (6 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Thomas saw a reduction in usage from last week in a game which the team could have used his speed. His 10 yard reception came on a wide receiver screen, where he sped up the sideline for a first down. Thomas had two targets in the red zone, but one was batted away and the other he dropped when he tried to make a one handed catch.
2014 Week 13 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Thomas showed good patience on a WR screen to pick up 5 yards on the team's first drive but that was his only positive play in the game.
2014 Week 14 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Thomas saw little involvement in the game but made two solid plays in his three opportunities. He made two nice cuts and flashed great speed on a 9 yard gain on a toss left. That same speed got him 6 on a ball he caught in the flats and sprinted between two defenders.
2014 Week 15 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
DeAnthony had a big day despite several missed opportunities. His first two catches were wiped away by penalties but he made a well-timed cut on a WR sweep to pick up 6 yards. His first big play came on a punt return that he took 81 yards for a touchdown. The return was very well blocked and also showcased Thomas' elite speed. He showed that speed again later in the game by beating his man deep down the left sideline, but Smith overthrew him or it would have been a sure touchdown. Thomas also got a red zone carry late in the game. He quickly got to the edge and picked up 8 yards. He may have scored on the play with a little better balance along the sideline.
2014 Week 16 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
Thomas did a great job negotiating blockers on a variety of quick screens and flare passes but was disappointing outside of that. He made a terrible decision on an inside draw and cost his team at least five yards by trying to break outside. Thomas also had a really bad drop on a short cross that was nearly intercepted off of his hands.
2014 Week 17 vs SD (3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
Thomas had another versatile day with an electric punt return and involvement in both the running and passing game. His only carry came on a WR sweep where Thomas cut back at the perfect time then juked a linebacker for an 18 yard gain. His 30 yard reception was underthrown deep down the right sideline but Thomas did a great job coming back to the ball and making the play.