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Chiefs: Donnie Avery "Will Likely Be The Guy" To Fill No. 2 WR Role

The Kansas City Chiefs desperately need someone to step up across from star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and be a solid No. 2 guy.

Jon Baldwin was supposed to fill that role for the Chiefs when he was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Two seasons later, he’s only caught 41 balls for 579 yards and two touchdowns.

Baldwin has been underwhelming to say the least, but at 6’4”, 230 pounds, it’s hard to deny the potential that he still does have.

With that said, according to a “Camp Confidential” report from Bill Williamson of (h/t Josh Sanchez/FanSided), the Chiefs may have found their new No. 2 wideout in new Chief via free agency,  Donnie Avery:

 There aren’t a lot of issues with this roster, but finding a solid No. 2 receiver behind star Dwayne Bowe is a focal point of this camp. Free-agent pickup Donnie Avery will likely be the guy, and he has shown he can be a capable NFL player. He can get open. The team would like to see 2011 first-round pick Jon Baldwin finally develop. He has big ability but has failed to show the consistency to be a top-of-the rotation player. The Chiefs have a varied offense, so this will not be a huge problem, but it would be beneficial if Bowe had some legitimate help opposite of him.

Avery is in his fifth NFL season after being drafted by St. Louis in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft. He spent two years with the Rams, went to Tennessee in 2011 and played for the Colts in 2012.

He had a pretty good season with the Colts, notching 781 yards and three touchdowns.

Those aren’t star numbers, but if the Chiefs believe Avery can step up and play a complimentary role to Bowe, perhaps that production will increase. Either way, having someone across from Bowe to at least garner the attention of a safety every now and then could really open up this offense.

It’s worth noting that Williamson’s report did use the word “likely” so don’t etch this in stone on that depth chart hanging on your fridge.

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  • Sarah Thomas

    Ok, I have a question. Just because a player(Avery) didn’t work out with other teams,coaches,systems,why can’t it be different with this coach,team, and system?

    • Andrew Kulha

      Nobody said it wouldn’t. He’s obviously a talented player and he could be a serviceable No. 2

  • berttheclock

    The knock on Avery in Indy was dropped passes. I believe it was 7 out of 125 targets. I read where Luck began going away from him. However, in his defense, he had missed a great deal of a year and a half of play due to the injury suffered with the Rams. So, perhaps, the mental part of coming back may have affected him adversely with the Colts. With his ability to get open, he will draw coverage because who will be willing to bet he may drop a pass?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He had 12 out of 112 targets. Puts him in the company of Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Victor Cruz, and Dez Bryant. I’m not worried about his drops.

      • Jim Harper

        Agreed Stacy Avery’a drops are a non-issue. Baldwin has been given every opportunity to be the man, but time and time again he fails to step up.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          They’re not a non-issue. Andy said, “You gotta catch the football.” I just don’t think they’re a major issue. He’s in good company in terms of drops.

          • Jim Harper

            I stand corrected.

    • Harm Williams

      It can’t even come close to Baldwin’s drops in camp.

  • berttheclock

    I know Dexter has been used as a slot receiver or even a back coming out of the backfield. However, on occasion, I would like to see him used as Philly has used DeSean Jackson. Against the Pats, they had Jackson set very wide as the outside receiver. On the snap, he did a pure GO to the end zone and Vick laid a perfect 47 yarder in his hands as he crossed the goal line.

    • Harm Williams

      Dex will line up all over the field. You can bank on it.

      • Bruce Hurford

        Watching the replay of pre-game (1) the other night. Play by play guy from NO commented that Dex will stay on the team if he can keep returning punts like he did….Say what? I have read other comments, even from chiefs fans and at least once on a blog on this sight talking about Dex and being a disappointment. WOW!! This dude is one awesome athlete. I would love to see a positive/negative stat about when he touches the ball. LOTS OF GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN DEX HAS THE BALL. CAN YOU SAY EXPLOSIVE!

    • Danny W

      I’ve been calling for this very thing for years. I think it’s gonna happen.

  • Sarah Thomas

    ok, guys, thanks…guess I’m just burned out on hearing negative all the time, and I took it the wrong way. I am so pumped for this season to start!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I expected this from the moment he was signed.

  • Danny W

    Honestly I hope not. I’m hoping Baldwin will take the job. That’s what we need the number one pick to do.

  • cd3382

    I still have faith in Baldwin.

  • KCInjuns

    pretty sure bill williamson just made that up