Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas wows with 80-yard punt return

The Kansas City Chiefs have Jamaal Charles and little else in terms of established playmakers. Perhaps Thursday night showed us there's one other player we might have to add to the list.

De'Anthony Thomas was only the 124th overall pick in May's draft, but he might be one of the fastest players in this draft class or perhaps the NFL.

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Thomas introduced that speed to the rest of the league on Thursday when he caught a punt, started left, got turned around and ran it back 80 yards down the right sideline for his first NFL score in the Chiefs' 41-39 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Can the Chiefs find a way to use this speed? That will be the key, but it would be hard to imagine him not having some kind of impact on the team this season with that blur-like ability.

He's listed as a running back, but he'll be returning punts and kicks, running pass patterns and being used on trick plays. The sky is the limit for this big play waiting to happen.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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