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Dwayne Bowe: Should Fans Expect Elite Season From Chiefs’ WR?

Dwayne Bowe has the potential to be one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL on a year-in year-out basis, and 2013 has the potential to be the year he returns to greatness.

Andy Reid is calling the shots and Alex Smith is a more than capable quarterback. If Jamaal Charles and the running game can get defenses to scoot up to the line of scrimmage, and the tight ends can keep safeties occupied in the middle of the field, Bowe could end up having a tremendous season.

The reason I bring this up now is because Bowe apparently stood out at Chiefs’ camp this Tuesday, per Reid Ferrin of

Later on in practice, when the offense and defense returned for more 11-on-11 action, the Chiefs offense sharpened its execution, including WR Dwayne Bowe, who ended with six catches on the day.

“It was a grind,” Bowe said. “Today was one of those days that coach wanted to see if it would make you or break you. My number was called multiple times and being a leader on this offense, I had to come down with the ball, make the play and that’s what I did.”

It’s good to see that Bowe is taking his leadership role seriously, and even though it’s only preseason practice, the importance of getting in a groove now and developing a rapport with Smith can’t be understated. Quarterbacks are most comfortable throwing to receivers they trust, and trust is developed through reps and catching footballs.

Being able to make catches like this is also a plus:

Bowe missed three games in 2012, so staying healthy is integral, but if he does, the deck is indeed stacked in his favor.

His best season, 2010, saw him put up 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns, and that was with Matt Cassel throwing him the ball. He now has an accurate quarterback in Smith and a head coach known for being offensive minded. Is it unrealistic to expect a season that sees Bowe once again eclipse the 1,000 yard mark and get over ten touchdowns?

Of course not.

He obviously has the talent to be a marquee receiver, and he has what it takes to shoulder the load of being a team’s No. 1 receiver.

Should Chiefs Kingdom expect another elite year out of No. 82?

I’ll let you discuss that question below.

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  • Chris Tarrants

    Absolutely he can and should. Going back to what you said about staying healthy, he missed those games for broken ribs but he has never been an injury plagued player

    • kcpauly

      He and all other WR’s hung out to die with Cassel, and Quinn throwing them into a crushing should count their blessings that they’re not all in wheel chairs, I think THE SHOW will go on and on this year with a competent QB and game caller, something he has never known.
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!

  • Andy

    His worst 16 game season saw 70 receptions and 995 yards 5TD (2007) with Huard and Croyle throwing him the ball. He has averaged over 13 yards per catch. I think he will have a good year as long as he can get use to catching the ball on the run. I’m sure he is trying to getting use to catching the ball on the run. (sarcasm)

    • Calchiefsfan

      Sarcasm noted, lol. That year you’re referring to was his rookie year if I’m not mistaken. Bowe is going to have a monster year.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Not mistaken. .

  • Calchiefsfan

    This kind of goes to the Alex Smith and targeting his wide receivers debate. Bowe is the best WR that Smith has ever been coupled with. Once Smith builds that confidence and rapport with Bowe Smith will be looking for him consistently. Let’s face it, Bowe was Cassel’s savior game in and game out. Imagine what will happen when Bowe actually has someone who can hit him in stride. I’m guessing that Reid is pushing Smith in this direction as well. They could very easily end up being one of the best QB/WR duos in the NFL.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Really like the sound of that! Put steak sauce on it and serve it up!

  • chiefcottonmouth

    imma give it to yah straight, bowe wakes up in the morning and pisses excellence. pure unadulterated excellence.

  • BurtGummer44

    I hope he’s working on his YAC ability with AS at QB.

    • Jared Watson

      I hope so too even though he already is good in that category.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    I believe he can do it….IF Smith throws the ball to him enough. There’s a lot of other guys, I don’t need to name them, but I’m sure you get the point. It’s obvious, if he throws accurate passes to Bowe he will “more then likely” be coming down with them in his hands. So, I can see it happening.

  • RepOurChiefs

    Sooomewherrre over Dwayne Bowe…balls will be dropped in place to give him a career season. I love his catches and his concentration on the ball. He has matured well and its good seeing him taking his leadership role seriously instead of being a distraction for the team. I believe Bowe can lead the NFL in receptions. GO CHIEFS! #youaintseennothingyet

  • berttheclock

    It would help greatly if another receiver on the other side can help take double team pressure off him. Over his career, he has had to fight through double teams.

  • KEM

    I see johnathon Baldwin also becoming a 1,000 yard receiver- but then I also see crack becoming legal!

    • Chris Tarrants

      Don’t count that guy out just yet! He has had two years of less than stellar QB’s throwing him the ball

      • kcpauly

        I agree he too has never been paired with competent QB and game caller
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!

  • tm1946

    He got the big bucks, now the team desperately needs the production. He has the ability, the HC knows how to run a playoff caliber team, if one more WR steps up the pieces are there for this team to get out of the basement of the AFC West and, maybe, more. A whole lot more.

  • Kyle ferguson

    He expects it from himself so we should expect it from him. He will definitely get some one on one action if smith spreads the ball like he did vs the saints