A few days ago we told you that Kansas City Chiefs RB Dexter McCluster was lining up at WR for the first session of organized team activities. This led many to wonder if new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was considering moving McCluster back to WR, a position he played his rookie year.
According to Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, that is not the case.
“We’ve given Dexter a few more reps at the wide receiver position,” Crennel told reporters last week. “We feel like he knows how to play running back and we can put him over at running back at any point and time. But we felt like he needed the work at wide receiver so we put him at wide receiver to see how he takes to that. Then if we need him at running back we’ll put him at running back”
McCluster has been something of a question mark since being drafted. He has spent time at both WR and RB. He was most productive out of the backfield last season but the Chiefs have never seemed to figure out how to use McCluster’s speed and elusiveness consistently. Crennel thinks that by beefing up McCluster’s receiving skills the Chiefs will be able to make better use of his skills.
“Probably what that will do is that will open it up for us to use him however and whenever,” Crennel said. “He’s taken to it very well. He’s been enthusiastic about it.”
There is no doubt that McCluster is dangerous with the ball in his hand. If the Chiefs can find a way to max out his potential in 2012 he could quickly become a major headache for opposing defensive coordinators.