December 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Devon Wylie (19) runs with the ball during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs 2013: Who Returns Kicks?

The Kansas City Chiefs are pretty well set at a number of their starting positions but one crucial area that remains up in the air is returning kicks.

In recent years, CB Javier Arenas has handled the bulk of the punt return duties. While Arenas often turned in a very good average, he never managed to return a kick for a touchdown.

As for kickoff returns, in 2012, Shaun Draughn returned 23 kicks, with Arenas, Devon Wylie and Josh Bellamy chipping in.

With Arenas gone and a new coaching staff in town, let’s take a look at the candidates to be the Chiefs’ return man/men in 2013.

Devon Wylie:

Wylie got some work last year, returning nine kickoffs and five punts. He averaged 21.2 yards on kicks and a poor 5.2 on punts. Wylie’s attributes here is his speed. He was a very effective return man in college but his small size makes him easy to bring down at the NFL level. As you can see in the video below, Wylie can be quite effective if given solid blocking.

Shaun Draughn:

Draughn got more chances to return kicks than anyone not named Arenas in 2012. He fielded 23 kicks with an average of 23. He is a holdover from the previous coaching regime and I’m not even sure he will make the team.

Knile Davis:

Davis is the new kid on the block. The Chiefs took him  in the third round of the draft so they obviously think they will be able to use Davis effectively.

But how?

Drafting a RB that high seems to indicate that Andy Reid was less than thrilled with what he saw on tape from the backup RBs in 2012. Davis certainly has the speed to return the ball but considering his injury and fumbling issues, Reid may want to avoid putting Davis in the return game.

Dexter McCluster:

It seems like every season there is a mystery to just how McCluster will be used. He is the man who last returned a punt for a TD for the Chiefs but that was back in 2010. McCluster faces the same problems as Wylie as a return man. He’s fast but small.

McCluster’s roll on special teams could be determined by just how effective he is as a receiver/gadget man in Reid’s offense.

Donnie Avery:

Avery could be an option to return kicks but if Andy Reid wants him to be the team’s #2 receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe, the head coach may not want to wear him out.

What do you think, Addicts? Is KC’s return man on this list or will someone else emerge this offseason?

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  • Jarad

    I vote Wiggles.

    • byebyealbert1moreyear

      this is most likely unless cyrus really shows something to toub.

  • P Heitman

    Davis would be interesting. 4.37 is nothing to shake a stick at…but…would he fumble too much?

  • Chris Wolfley

    K.C. Wolf has my vote.

  • byebyealbert1moreyear

    davis is just not a return man. its like people think you can easily throw a guy back there if he has some speed and power. not how it works. toub has someone in mind. he has mentioned mccluster for punt returns, kick returns are between mccluster, wylie, cyrus gray(who actually CAN return kicks) and possibly an udfa like Jordan Roberts.

    • P Heitman

      McCluster and Wylie are probably the most logical. If Jordan Roberts makes the team, I’d be shocked.

    • KCMikeG

      I like them all & you are right about Gray. Him being healthy this year will open lots of eyes!

    • P Heitman

      PS – Looks like you’re kinda wrong. The, “people” that “think you can easily throw a guy back there if he has some speed and power,” seems to include coach Toub…

  • ArrowFan

    What about Baldwin it is worth a try.

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  • Chiroubles

    Marty Gilyard might deserve a look at PR. I’m all for Cyrus Gray at KR.
    Davis? Uh, no. You do not want a brittle guy with a fumbling problem returning kicks.
    Draughn? Ugh… just, ugh….
    Maybe they’ll find a UDFA who can step up to the challenge….

  • freshmeat62

    People keep saying that McCluster is fast. He’s not fast. He’s quick, and jumps around a lot, but there are many who can catch up to him, and bring him down from behind. And one hit and it’s all over for him, he’s down. Hoping Wylie, who has ligit speed, can become a decent return guy. But his bad rep was dropping the ball. Hopefully some new guy will step out and surprise everyone.

  • Travis Forsyth

    give the ball to wylie and watch him fly!