Do you remember the days when Dante Hall was a threat every time he touched the ball? Those were the days when our defense could stop an offense on third down, and we actually had hope that something good would happen on the punt return. It was exciting and always fun to watch. Unfortunately, when Dante Hall’s wheels fell off; so did the Chiefs’. Over the last couple of years, instead of hoping to score, we have just been hoping not to fumble or not get pinned deep into our own territory.
As far as KR/PRs on our current roster, it was obvious that Jeff Webb was inadequate, Jamaal Charles looked lost, and Dantrell Savage promised little. The new brass brought in W.R. C.J. Jones for a “look-see”, but wasn’t he out of football recently? How good can he be? Rodney Wright? Terrance Copper? Travis Daniel? Are they the answer? They weren’t the answer for their previous ball clubs.
It seems only logical that our next KR/PR is going to come from the draft. In analyzing who the Chiefs have visited and/or interviewed in recent weeks a possibility has emerged: Mike Wallace, a wide receiver out of Mississippi, is 6’1, 199 Pounds. He ran a 4.39 40 time (second fastest among receivers) and is projected to go in the 4th or 5th round (per nfldraftscout.com). At Mississippi he averaged 24.6 yards on 35 kick returns, with one touchdown. He is known for stretching the field with his speed and has decent hands. The knock on him is his route running ability. I say put him at #4 or #5 receiver and use that speed to return kicks. He would be a project, but worth it between the 4th and 5th round.
What say you? Do you know of any other KR/PR the Chiefs should be targeting? Who will be returning kicks this year?