Will Devon Wylie’s Name Be On The Next Cut List For The Chiefs?

 

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Following the Chiefs 26-20 preseason overtime win against the Steelers, the first cuts of the year have been made. I was surprised to see that Devon Wylie was not on this list.  I may not be from Kansas City, but I did attend the last two days of training camp and based on what I saw there, what I read on twitter, and what I saw in the three preseason games the Chiefs have played, I am wondering where Devon Wylie’s place lies on this team. Based on the games I’ve witnessed, Wylie is getting a lot of reps at the starting punt returner spot. My main issue is that a roster spot shouldn’t be used purely for just a starting punt returner. Especially when Dexter McCluster will contribute to the offense and Quinton Demps, who returned a kick for a touchdown against San Francisco, will contribute on defense. Dex is number one on the depth chart at this moment on kcchiefs.com.

The main issue is where Wylie can contribute. Junior Hemingway has deservedly risen on the depth chart and was playing in the three spot against Pittsburgh. With Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery’s spots on the depth chart all but certain, A.J. Jenkins replacing Baldwin, and McCluster on the team, Wylie’s contribution falls solely to special teams. He is currently listed as the number two kick and punt returner. He had solid returns against San Francisco and Pittsburgh. While, there is potential in the return game for Wylie, there are still issues with ball security.

We saw that against Pittsburgh. Yes, the fumble was overruled, but you need to be able to keep possession of the ball to the ground after getting tackled. Not only that, but he was very shaky at wide receiver at the practices I personally attended. He dropped some easy passes including a well placed go route by Chase Daniel that would have been an easy touchdown had Wylie held on. If he can’t catch passes in practice, what makes anyone think he’ll catch passes in big games? My main concern lies in his potential as an offensive contributor. I don’t think a roster spot should be used for a below average receiver who solely returns punts.

Topics: Devon Wylie, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • clay simester

    Well he hasn’t really had a ton of chances. He’s only a 2nd year guy and was hurt for most of last year

    • Joe Myers

      Right I’d like to see him stay and rotate punt and kick returns . I knew as soon as we got toop …I don’t know how to spell his name and I’m at wor ) . The special teams will vastly improved . To me the spc tm will be the biggest threat for the CHIEFS to score quick and often . I expect some blowout wins this season .

  • Stephen Doroha

    I was excited when we drafted Wylie because he was so explosive as a return man I think it would be a big loss if he didn’t make the cut I think with a little more work he could really be something special in the return game just hope he gets a fighting chance GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Scott Mahurin

    There’s too much competition at WR. He’s still 50/50 and that’s if they carry 6. A lock if they carry 7…since the Chiefs own depth chart still list him number 2 behind Avery.

  • JLKC355

    When he was drafted I was scratching my head as Jarius Wright to the Viks and Nick Toon came off the board to Saints later in that round. This kid stayed injured at the college level I doubt he’ll ever go over the middle consistently in the NFL and you have to as a slot WR to be successful. I’d say use the roster spot on a contributor T.Copper was let go that means the position is getting better LET’S GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • berttheclock

      Keshawn Martin out of Michigan State, also, came off later and was picked up by the Texans. He had a 73 yard punt return for them against the Jags. Caught a few passes, also.

  • Jason Mickey

    He’d be a great arena league player. Too small and not strong enough for the nfl…

  • berttheclock

    He is not much different than he was in college. Fast, drops easy passes, has injury problems, but, can make the great play. Same then, same now.

  • scomstock55

    I think he makes it. Both him and Hemingway make it. So, Bowe, Avery, McCluster, Jenkins, Hemingway, and Wylie….you cant teach speed…he can learn to be more disciplined and catch better…
    I hope they just cut Moeaki…the dude has potential but just cant stay healthy. I hope we keep D Harris as the third TE.

    • Michael Shaw

      They likely won’t have to cut Moeaki. He will likely be put on IR, AGAIN, and will be released at the end of this year. That at least saves the team a cap hit this year.

  • ArrowFan

    I would like to see him get some reps at WR during this weeks game, before I decide. But one can never have to many fast guys even if they are on the bottom of the roster.

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