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The Chiefs’ Keys To A Division Title: Receiving Corps Edition

There is much optimism this off-season at One Arrowhead Drive. The new regime of Andy Reid and John Dorsey has created a stir of intrigue in most fans, something I share with them. An offensive juggernaut with the Philadelphia Eagles, what is Reid going to be able to do with the Kansas City Chiefs? We all knew Reid as a West Coast, pass first, second, and maybe third guy while in Philly. While he has made moves that look like his new Kansas City team may be more balanced then his previous teams, the passing game will always be key with Reid. With the acquisition of quarterback Alex Smith, Reid has a proven steady game manager who can operate his system. My main concern The receiving corps.

We all know who the clear number one receiver on this team is  General Manager John Dorsey signed Dwayne Bowe to a long-term contract this off-season to make sure that wasn’t in question.  You know what you are going to get with Bowe if “The Show” is healthy. He will give Smith a good possession receiver capable of 70-90 catches, over 1,000 yards and double digits of TDs. The key is who will step up after him?

The Chiefs signed Donnie Avery and Mardy Gilyard to help stretch the field. Reid had burners DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin with the Eagles to do this. I am in no ways comparing these two to them, but see them as Alex Smith’s key deep threats. Avery had a pretty good season last year with the Indianapolis Colts, setting a career high with 60 receptions and 781 receiving yards. He needs to duplicate this for this team to take a huge step forward. Gilyard, on the other hand, hasn’t had much success at the NFL level, but was a great college athlete that maybe Reid can reach his potential as a 4th or 5th receiving option.

Already on the roster are two guys who will have a bigger spotlight on them then before: Jonathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster. Baldwin has the physical tools to become a force like Bowe, but coming into his third year, hasn’t done much to get anyone really excited. McCluster has the speed and effort to rival most anyone in the NFL, but at 5-9 and 165, it’s hard to imagine his body can take the NFL lifestyle. Both of these guys are very interesting to me. Coach Reid could make McCluster into a star, but we thought the same thing would happen when Charlie Weis was the OC. McCluster has a similar stature as former Eagles star Brian Westbrook. (Westbrook did weigh 30 pounds more than McCluster though.) Baldwin could create another key possession receiver to pair with Bowe while the other option spread the field. It’s easy to write on paper what could be, hopefully these two can live up to our high expectations.

The tight end position brings intrigue to the receiving game as well. We know what Tony Moeaki can bring to the table when healthy. This is a big question mark, as Coach Reid must agree on by signing free agent Anthony Fasano and drafting Travis Kelce. Fasano was a reliable 30-40 catch guy with 350-550 receiving yardage receiver while with the Miami Dolphins. Travis Kelce was graded as one of the best tight end prospects coming out of this year’s draft. I am very fascinated to see if Reid implements the new double tight end craze into this Chiefs team.

To me, one of the biggest questions going into this season will be how this unit does. If this unit reaches full potential I believe a Division Title if not a Wild Card is within reach. Well Addicts, what do you think about this receiving corps?

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  • freshmeat62

    I’m thinking that WR will be a very high priority in next years draft.

    • steve james

      Sounds like you don’t think Baldwin will progress? I agree but hope I am wrong.

  • KCPauly

    I think Baldwin will finally have a breakout season, with a coach willing to put a boot in his ass, it may be just what he always needed??? Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!

    • Megan Schied

      Optimism caused my first divorce

      • Canad-Ian

        First of how many?

        • Megan Schied

          Just one Ian. Thanks for asking. Im still with KC Wolf and Sluggerrr ( on the side). Go Royals!

      • steve james

        Made me laugh. Not that you had the pain mind you just the quick one liner.

      • KCPauly

        Pessimism caused my only divorce

  • GDL40

    Can NOT get worse than last season. I think it will be a lot better actually, but division title ???? We might be getting ahead of ourselves. We can only hope ! – But realistically, we would have to have an almost perfect season to top Denver, who BTW has a better team and weaker strength of schedule. I see us going 8-8 but I see Denver getting at least 10 wins. As far as the receiving corps, I go back to our O-line, if they give Alex time to throw we’ll be allright !

    • Calchiefsfan

      I’m actually picking Denver to go to the Super Bowl this year with 13-14 wins. I’m hoping the Chiefs can play well enough to get a wild card spot. That would be a phenominal improvement by anyone’s standards. I agree, the offense goes as the o line goes.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Barring injury, I think Avery will win the #2 job outright. I have low expectations for Baldwin. I also get the feeling that McCluster’s going to be special in Reid’s offense. He’s explosive and has the ability to change direction quickly. Hitting him in stride will give him more open space opportunities than before. Alex Smith has excellent ball placement on short and intermediate throws. Seems like a perfect marriage on paper. I’m excited about what’s possible.

    • Megan Schied

      YESSIR! Agreed

  • Megan Schied

    Baldwin is confusing…. I dont really know who or what he is. He will be lucky if A. Smith gives him many opportunities with all of our other options that gets separation and runs crisp routes. Im with D.Bowe and I am pretty sure Reid has some great ideas for Dex. Kelce is the man Im most excited about. B-E-A-S-T period!

    • John Steere

      This is a make or break year for Baldwin. If he can’t produce this year, he will be gone from the Chiefs and will struggle to hook on elsewhere. That should at least motivate him to work his rear off to get better. He has the tools. He just needs to run crisper routes and grind away at the DBs for an entire game and not get rattled by bump and run coverage. He doesn’t need to be an all-star. He just needs to be good enough to punish teams that double Bowe.

  • jimfromkcj

    I still think Baldwin will produce if Alex is able to get past his first progression. The offensive line still worries me. I just can’t see Fisher being that much an improvement over Winston, and if Allen is the LG and he doesn’t play much better than last year I think the middle will be possibly worse than last year. We are playing three rookies on an offensive line none of them are playing what I would call their natural positions. Fisher played LT, Hudson played OG and Allen played LT. So there is a lot of reason for concern, The two guys we have playing their previous positions are Asamoah who played reasonably well last year and Albert, who was shopped by the team to anyone who was willing to give up a 2nd rd draft choice for him. No takers could be a hint of what the other teams really think of his play.

    • John Steere

      I’m more optimistic about the O-Line. Houston was doing fine at center until his injury. Fisher played RT earlier in his career. He’s been there before. Yeah, Albert as shopped for a trade, but we also put the franchise tag on him, which speaks to the fact that he is a valuable player. I think we will have one of the better O-Line’s in the league once they get used to each other.

  • chiefdeorty

    There is some things that have to go good for us this year but I do think Bowe will be fine. Now Avery he has speed but will he catch more or drop more that is the question, Baldwin I hope he has the break out year we have all been waiting for but then again who knows? I like McCluster, Reid should get the most out of him. I really hope Gilyard will take off and fly like he did at Cinncy. We have some other unknowns but I am hopeful Reid will get this unit playing to a high level and with Alex, their someone who can throw the ball with confidence we should be okay. The o-line will be a lot better I think these players have gotten playing time and should progress fine, Fisher I believe will be all we thought he would be and even more. WATCH OUT DONKEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim Harper

    What everyone is forgetting is Jamaal Charles will be a huge part of the passing game as well as the run game. Remember how Reid used Westbrooke? Combine that with the tight end play and the passing game will be strong. I also think that Baldwin loses the battle with Avery.

  • BigGil

    Despite his drop rate last year, I like Avery and think if he can stay healthy he very well might emerge as the clear-cut #2.

  • RepOurChiefs

    Offensive juggernaut…love those terms used in association with our
    with our chiefs