This offseason for Dwayne Bowe was an interesting one. Towards the end of the 2012 season he was not sure if he would still be in Chiefs’ red for the upcoming season, and after a dismal showing on the field, it was a legitimate concern.
2102 saw Bowe come away with just 59 receptions, 801 yards and 3 touchdowns: far from the performance he gave in 2010 with now Minnesota Viking Matt Cassel.
To be fair, the quarterback play last year was abysmal and the lack of consistency from his quarterback might have been a factor why he was not able to produce better numbers.
During the off-season, though, the Chiefs acquired Alex Smith from San Francisco, who is a major upgrade at the quarterback position. However, it was not until the last preseason game we saw that Bowe and Smith start to develop good chemistry.
During the teams offseason activities Bowe created some news by saying he will lead the NFL in receptions. Is this fact or fiction? Let’s examine.
Bowe is a big-time receiver, and now that he has a competent quarterback at the helm leading this offense, he will see more targets and be one of Smith’s favorite weapons to throw to. He’s hard to tackle and he will create more yardage after the catch because he is big and physical.
He will more than likely not lead the NFL in receptions. Andy Reid likes to move the ball around, and with all the offensive weapons the Chiefs have, Reid should accomplish that coal.
So will he be targeted? Of course. But so much as to lead the league in receptions? That is more than likely a pipe dream.
Bowe will be a big weapon for this offense, because without a straight up, solid number two receiver, he will see some major looks from his quarterback. There is a possibility that he will be good on his words this off season, but until he and Smith develop that solid chemistry though, his prediction will be nothing more than bold words and wishful thinking.
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