Can The Chiefs Count On Bradley?

Some of you may remember last year Adam posted a thread asking who would be the “most surprising” Chief for the upcoming 2008 year. I said it would be our third string QB Tyler Thigpen. I simply had a hunch that Croyle would not last the first two games, and since Herm Edwards wanted to go younger he would put Tyler Thigpen in even though Huard was the second string QB. I was right. I point this out not to brag (although it is nice), but to make the following prediction:

Like Croyle, Mark Bradley is also injury prone and cannot be counted on to be our second receiver. Do not get me wrong. I like Mark Bradley. I think he is a very good receiver. When he came to the Chiefs, we could all see he added a spark to the offense. When he threw that TD to Tyler last year, I jumped out of my seat and screamed like a little kid. When was the last time you saw KC run a play like that? But, Chicago, who is receiver starved, let him go for apparently one reason. He cannot be counted on. Want proof? All you have to do is look at the stats to prove this point.

In 2005 after being drafted in the second round by Chicago, he played in 7 games, starting 4 with 230 yards on 18 receptions with 0 TDs. In 2006 with Chicago, he played 10 games, starting 0 with 282 yards on 14 receptions with 3 TDs. (One TD was a 75 yarder). In 2007 with Chicago, he played in 15 games, starting zero with 71 yards on 6 receptions with one TD (a 49 yarder). In 2008 with Chicago he played in two games with no statistics, he later went to KC playing in 10 games starting 8 with 380 yards on 30 receptions with 3 TDS.

In college he finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma (2002-04) after playing 2 seasons at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2000-01). He switched to cornerback to fill a team need during practice; then moved back to WR just prior to the start of 2003 season He started 10 career games, catching 58 passes for 1,114 yards (19.7 avg.) while adding 22 kickoff returns for 523 yards (23.8 avg.) with 1 TD. He then transferred to Oklahoma after tearing his ACL as a sophomore at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Although Mr. Bradley flashes talent, his durability should be a major concern for the Chiefs, especially since our third wide receiver, Bobby Engram is 36 years old and Tony Gonzalez has left the building.

Speaking of which, Bobby Engram might do and say all the right things, he might even play and practice the right way, but at 36 years old the wheels are starting to come off. I too would be shocked if he played all 16 games (Out of 13 seasons Bobby only played 16 games 6 times).

Even though Bradley and Engram are truly talented enough to play the second and third receiver roles, history tells us that they are accidents waiting to happen. We simply have to bring in more depth and more competition at wide receiver. My hope is that a veteran wide receiver not over the age of 30 and not injury prone comes available before or during training camp. We cannot risk it. We cannot afford to have history repeat itself.

Who should be brought in?  Who will become available? Sound off Addicts.

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