Had Baldwin been healthy, it’s debatable whether Colbert would have made the club’s 53-man roster out of training camp. Colbert has instead become one of the NFL’s rarest of comeback stories after spending the last two seasons out of football and the 2010 campaign as a tight ends coach at USC. His emergence in the slot has allowed the Chiefs to keep McCluster at running back.
“We’ve asked (Colbert) to do a lot of different things,” Haley said. “He got into the backfield a couple of times and was cutting off or trying to cut off defensive ends (because of an injury to FB Le’Ron McClain). The one third down (catch) there on the fringe was just a tremendous, tremendous route.