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The key addition: McCluster will get the ball in a variety of ways. The Chiefs have lined him up in the backfield, as a slot receiver, as a wide receiver, as a Wildcat quarterback and as a kickoff and punt returner. He is dangerous in the open field because of his speed and quickness, so he’ll be a threat in any of those roles.

The bottom line: The worst appears over for the Chiefs, who won four, two and four games over the past three seasons. But they have too many holes to be considered a serious contender to win the AFC West or a wild-card berth. The Chiefs could win eight games because of a weak schedule and loom as realistic contenders in 2011.—Adam Teicher

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