De'Anthony Thomas to work out at Oregon's Pro Day, reportedly eyeing NFL comeback
On April 23, De’Anthony Thomas will try his hand at coaching. The Ducks announced last week that Thomas, along with three other Ducks legends, would be coming back to campus to serve as honorary coaches during the team’s spring game. Thomas will even call plays during the fourth quarter as the offensive coordinator for the Yellow team.
Maybe it’s a test run for the future. Thomas, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, isn’t ready for his playing career to be over yet.
The former all-purpose back and return man is looking to make an NFL comeback. He’s expected to work out for clubs during Oregon’s upcoming Pro Day on April 1.
Former Oregon WR/KR standout De’Anthony Thomas — a former Baltimore Raven when he opted out in 2020 due to COVID and who now is signed to to the BC Lions in the CFL — wants to return to the NFL and will be working out at Oregon’s Pro Day on April 1st.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 27, 2022
In February, the 29-year-old speedster signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. A former fourth-round pick, Thomas played last played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens. After electing to opt-out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomas was waived by the Ravens in 2021. He’d spent the previous five and a half seasons in Kansas City with the Chiefs.
(Thomas was cut by Kansas City in October during the 2019 season after being placed on IR, and was signed a few weeks later by Baltimore.)
A fourth-round pick of the Chiefs in the 2014 draft, Thomas totaled 65 receptions for 509 yards and four touchdowns during his time with Kansas City. He also produced 190 rushing yards and two scores on the ground (30 total carries) and averaged 24.5 yards per kickoff return along with 8.8 yards per punt return as Kansas City’s return man.
To this day, Thomas remains one of the most electric and entertaining players in Oregon program history. He was a second-team All-American honoree in 2012 and amassed a total of 3,186 career yards and 41 touchdowns from scrimmage over his three seasons in Eugene, as well as another five touchdowns in the return game.
At 29, Thomas is hoping to provide that same kind of versatility to a new NFL franchise.