ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp:
Rookie De’Anthony Thomas had another nice day as a runner and pass-receiver. Not only does Thomas appear to be getting more comfortable with the various ways the Chiefs are utilizing him, the Chiefs also are more comfortable in the ways they can and can’t deploy the fast but diminutive (5-foot-9, 174 pounds) Thomas. Maybe the most impressive thing Thomas did all practice was pop immediately on the ground after taking a big hit from defensive lineman Kyle Love, who fell directly on top of Thomas after the tackle. The Chiefs list Love at 315 pounds, but he obviously weighs more than that.
Another rookie, Zach Fulton, is poised to claim the starting job at right guard. The Chiefs opened training camp by rotating Fulton and Rishaw Johnson at the position but have tilted the number of snaps toward the sixth-round draft pick from Tennessee. Fulton showed in offseason practice he was capable of handling complex blocking assignments and then with the pads on has consistently showed he has the physical ability to do the job. "He’s played solid football, probably a little better than we anticipated where we picked him," coach Andy Reid said.
The Chiefs are looking for backup safeties and a developmental prospect, Malcolm Bronson, helped himself by making back-to-back plays in the end zone. On the first, he knocked the ball away from Travis Kelce, who appeared to have possession for a fraction of a second. On the second, he broke up a pass intended for tight end Anthony Fasano. Bronson, at 5-11 and 192 pounds, isn’t big for a safety but is in the competition for one of the backup spots. "He’s done a nice job," Reid said. "He’s a smart kid. He’s not the biggest kid. He understands the scheme. He understands leverage on receivers. He’s not afraid to get in and tackle."
The place-kicking job is a long way from being decided, but again, the Chiefs deferred to a rookie. Instead of rotating between rookie Cairo Santos and veteran Ryan Succop, they gave all of the day’s kicks to Santos. Succop’s turn will come in Sunday’s practice. Usually a team gives the incumbent the first shot. That Santos was first in line could mean he will get the opening try in Thursday night’s exhibition opener against Cincinnati at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs’ next practice session is Sunday at 8:15 a.m. CT.