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Chiefs' Andy Reid Has A Role In Mind For Dexter McCluster


Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, in recent comments made to the Kansa City Star, said he has some special plans for WR Dexter McCluster.

From the Star:

Slot receiver Dexter McCluster has provided few big plays for the Chiefs since he was picked in the second round of the 2010 draft.

But, without divulging specifics, Reid indicated he had plans for McCluster.

“I like McCluster,” Reid said. “I think he’s a good football player and he has a role on this football team. I’ve got some things in mind for him.”

McCluster has been a bit of a disappointment since being taken by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. While at Mississippi, McCluster played running back but the Chiefs made it clear they wanted to use him primarily as a WR.

McCluster started his career with a bang, returning a punt for 94-yards against the San Diego Chargers in his first game with the Chiefs. The return helped spark a Chiefs win, and KC would go on to win the AFC West.

Still, McCluster missed a great deal of his rookie season with an injury. When all was said and done, he finished his rookie season with only 21 receptions for 209 yards and one TD.

In 2011, the Chiefs decided to use McCluster more out of the backfield. He received 114 carries for 516 yards and one TD. His average of 4.5 yards per-carry was pretty good for a role player. He also was targeted more in the passing game, catching 46 balls for 328 yards and one TD.

In 2012, McCluster was moved back to WR, setting a career high in receptions, catching 52 balls for 452 yards and one TD.

While McCluster has never had a breakout season as a receiver, he has a very similar skill set to former New England Patriot and current Denver Bronco (vomit) Wes Welker. Both players are small and quick in small areas. While neither possesses blazing speed, they can be dangerous if they get the ball in space or in stride.

Welker didn’t have a breakout season until he teamed up with QB Tom Brady. It may be that what McCluster needs to be effective is a more accurate QB and the right system. Alex Smith and the West Coast Offense could be just what the doctor ordered.

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  • Richard Comstock

    OFF TOPIC BUT MATT CASSELL JUST GOT CUT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.brannan.3 Kyle Brannan

    I like the article, but I will disagree with you. Dexter Mccluster does have blazing speed.

    • freshmeat62

      No he doesn’t – he’s quick and darting, and can maybe make someone miss, but he’s not fast. He’s not going to run away from many.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.brannan.3 Kyle Brannan

        So he wasnt fast on that punt return for a touchdown or that catch against San Fran where he lept 8 yards into the end zone? You should watch some film of him, he is one of the fastest receivers in the league.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          He’s quick and he’s explosive, but he doesn’t have the kind of speed you think he does. He displayed runningback speed at the combine. Ran a 4.58 if memory serves.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Exactly right. He’s quick though.

      • superman_25_58

        Yes I agree he has blazing speed, quick, and very, very shifty and can cut on a dime. I will say if Alex Smith plays like he did the last 2 years in SF that the offense has the potential to be dangerous which leads to putting points on the board. Let’s pray for the last 2 year Alex instead of the first 5 year Alex.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.moehlman Bryan Moehlman

      Are you kidding me dude? You must not be a Chiefs fan or youwould know that McCluster is one of the fastest players on are team!

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Not even close. His 40 hovers somewhere in the mid-4.5 range. He plays faster than he times though. He’s quick, but he doesn’t have the kind of speed that Jamaal Charles or Donnie Avery have.

        • Steve Blank

          mcluster has “football speed”…he makes good decisions and good sharp cuts that makes him look faster than he is…he doesnt have outstanding straightline speed but is able to maintain speed during cuts…which gives the illusion of great speed…..outstanding straightline speed is Avery and Charles…

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Couldn’t have said it better myself.
            I don’t think anybody believes he’s as fast as Donnie Avery, but that’s hardly an insult. Avery’s faster than Charles. He’s got exceptional speed. McCluster’s probably not going to be caught from behind very often though. He’s football fast.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.brannan.3 Kyle Brannan

        I just said he does have blazing speed you must have misread. The article states him and Wes Welker do not have blazing speed. McCluster is way faster than Welker.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I think he can be very good in Reid’s system. He hasn’t been used properly, often enough, in the past. Remember ineffective Priest Holmes was at first? They figured out what to do with him and he damn near made a case for the Hall of Fame. How a player is used makes all the difference in the world.

    • superman_25_58

      I totally agree with everything in this statement well done. I also believe all of our current WR’s Bowe, Baldwin, etc…. will be more effective with an accurate QB IMO

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I hope so. I think Baldwin’s problems are bigger than just having an accurate QB though.

        • superman_25_58

          He came into a Circus when he entered the NFL. I hope, trust, and believe that under Reid and Co that Baldwin will turn out to be one of the better WR in the NFL

    • dominicscarlatti

      Agree 100 %. Players must always be evaluated not in a vacuum, but rather in the context of the system they play in. We may see a lot of big plays from Dex this season.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    He’s “quick” not fast. Straight line, some CBs can get him. Going through the middle where he can make players miss, spin around, and has great foot-work…that’s where he’s dangerous. He can get some good yards now if the system works good and Smith is accurate.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He definitely plays faster than he times. I also think he’s a guy that won’t often be caught from behind, but he’s not a burner.

    • Steve Blank

      a great definition of “football speed”….his decisions make his “football speed” even better…or maybe its just instinctual…..at any rate..he is a fine football player and a great multi-tool for us in our new offense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.hurford Bruce Hurford

    The only disappointment with Dex is not getting the ball enough. This dude is quick, and pound for pound TOUGH!! I don’t think any fans disappointed in DM.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I know a few people who say McCluster is a bust. They don’t know anything about football, though.