Do Receivers Really Need Extra Motivation to Catch The Ball?

Yesterday, Dwayne Bowe was zero of six on catches where he would be immediately hit after the reception by coaches using pads. It is a sort of “gauntlet drill” like a receiver can expect when fielding an onside kick. Today, Bob Gretz indicated that “on special teams the Chiefs worked on the on-side kick. The No. 1 team for that situation is Bernard Pollard, Brandon Carr, Brandon Flowers, Jarrad Page, Terrance Copper, Derrick Johnson, Andy Studebaker, Turk McBride, Jackie Battle and Mark Bradley.” Did you notice that Dwayne Bowe is not on the list?

All of you will recall the game against San Diego where Dwayne Bowe dropped the on-side kick and allowed San Diego to come back and beat us. All he had to do was hold onto the ball and the Chiefs would have just run out the clock. Obviously, Todd Haley saw the game film and ran the drill to find who should be on our “hands team”. Unfortunately Bowe failed the drill. I know some of you think Bowes’ benching/number three (3) spot is a motivational technique by Haley to get a fire lit up under Bowe, but do receivers really need to be motivated to catch the ball? Should we be worried? Why is Bowe dropping so many balls and too many roster spots? Maybe he cannot handle the pressure.

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