Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath (84) fakes a spike in the end zone after catching a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Receivers: Bounce Back or Stay Put?


Ok before I go on about why I think the Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers will bounce back this season I need to address the monkey in the room, and not the one currently wearing a pirate outfit.

Alex Smith….

Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

What else can be said that has not already been said within the last few months. I have been hounded by Donkey fans and even one 49ers fan about when will be pay Smith. I wish I had the answer to this question, honestly I do. The fact of the matter is Smith is currently the best option for the Chiefs under center, at this time. That part is the key, at this time. Will Smith be the answer the Chiefs need five years from now? No clue. Does Smith deserve to be paid? Yes. Kaepernick money? No. But somewhere is the vicinity of 90 to 100 million over 6 years, with 45-55 million guaranteed would be a good deal for what is by far the best option at QB the Chiefs have had in the last 5 years.

Ok back off the soap box for now.

In 2013 the Chiefs made the NFL turn there collective heads for the first nine weeks of the season. They were efficient on offense, protected the ball and their defense was stellar. After the bye things changed. Some say for the worse some, the record became the focus and the offense got overlooked because of key loses. There is no denying that the offense was clicking after the bye, and no game more than in the heart breaking playoff loss.

We learned more about that offense in that game than we did the rest of the year, and the most impressive was that star player Jamaal Charles was down. Would JC’s impact have changed the game, yes, but that is neither here nor there.

The reason behind why I think the Chiefs wide receivers are set to bounce back this season and increase production is for the following reasons:

1. More Familiarity with the offense as a whole.

Andy Reid and company have been working diligently in the offseason and that means that there will be even more chemistry building between Smith and his receivers. I look for the receivers to get more familiar with their quarterback and thus increase the production for the upcoming season. Will this lead to huge numbers for receiver Dwayne Bowe and company, yes and no. Yes because that developing chemistry will lead to more trust for Smith and should result in more production. No in the sense that, while Smith is not known for throwing deep, if his receivers still have issues in yards after catch we can pretty much expect the same results this season. So if all this works out, which I am leaning more towards right now, I think that we can expect better things from this receiver corp.

2. Despite not drafting a true number two receiver there is still talent on this team.

I was shocked when the 23rd pick came and no receiver was selected. I was even more shocked that a true wide receiver was not selected at all. De’Anthony Thomas does have potential that is to be sure, but I feel his impact will be more felt in the return game rather than wide receiver. However even though there is not a clear-cut number two at the moment, there is no doubt in my mind that this offense is ripe with talent and has the ability to become something special indeed. Will they begin to click and effectively move the ball outside Jamaal Charles? I tend to think that this is a real possibility.

All in all, I feel that the Chiefs are in a good spot with their receiver corp, and John Dorsey has the talent for bringing out the best in little to unknown talent. Also he has the eye for finding diamonds in the rough through the waiver wire. So while there was no clear-cut wide receiver selected I have no doubt that this team not only has the ability to increase their passing game, but make huge strides with Smith under center.

So what do you think Addicts? Are we set at receiver for right now? Is there someone out there that you would like to see in Chiefs Red? Sound off below!

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Tags: Alex Smith Andy Reid De'Anthony Thomas Dwayne Bowe Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs

  • Reggie Flenory

    Two big factors to consider

    1 STAYING HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!

    2 GETTING SEPERATION

    if the wide outs can get seperation down field then smith can throw the ball down field its all on the wide outs to get open and CATCH THE BALL this is a vital two step process if they can do that and we get good production out of our tiht ends then the skys he limit

    • Stan Colbert

      Absolutely! Smith likes to play safe, and I think that is great, by the way. The WCO is an offense designed to take advantage of accurate passers and get receivers the ball in the open field. Experience makes running routes more correct and quicker which leads to better separation.

  • Alan Craig

    You state that Chiefs WRs are ripe with talent but never mention anybody other than Bowe and Thomas. Dorsey overpaid Bowe a B not A receiver and Thomas is more KR and possible spot receiver at slot or backfield. Avery is injury prone and is just a filler until team finds a good starter. The rest of WRs are backups at best. All the top teams made sure they drafted WRs in this draft but Chiefs. They play some top defenses in NFC West and may not win a game against them.

  • area

    I cannot find a single reputable site that lists the Chief’s receivers above the lower third in rankings versus the other 31 teams in the NFL. Hey, I like cool-aid too, but our receiving corps has a ton to prove before they get any respect. For the record, I’m a firm believer that K.C.’s offense will easily eclipse last years numbers in spite of the higher level of opposing team’s talent and pre pre preseason rankings.

  • area

    Almost forgot. Dorsey was the benefactor of receiving the first pick in each round of both draft, and waivers last season. In my humble opinion the jury is still out on Dorsey’s recruiting skills.

  • Johnny

    The Chiefs are a run-heavy team. They WILL thrive in the passing game when everyone, (including all 3 tight ends and offensive line), are healthy. Alex Smith has an ample amount of weapons to utilize this year. Look for him to surprise everyone play after play, just as he did all last season and into the playoffs. He only got better and better. Charles and Davis will thrive in the running game and open up space for our entire offense. I’m not worried about our offense at all.

  • barry

    First off I think the Chiefs will be 8 & 8 in 2014. You mentioned that we do not have a second receiver, I’ll counter that, I do not believe the Chiefs have a first receiver. Bowe had only one good game against the Colts, that does not justify his abilities as a first receiver, it just shows capabilities. Charles is a stud, however another repeat year of last year’s abuse and his clock will be ticking down.
    They need some talent to step up in the receiving position, otherwise everyone will know who has
    the ball. ….
    Go Chief’s!

  • e_racer

    Kaepernick’s deal isn’t quite what it seems. He only counts $ 3,767,444 against the cap this year according to http://www.overthecap.com/cap.php?Name=Colin%20Kaepernick&Position=QB&Team=49ers.

  • e_racer

    Also, look at SF’s dead money for Kaepernick, especially after 2016. The most dead money happens this year, when SF is least likely to cut him. 2015, the dead money reduces to less than $10M, and $7.3M in 2016. After that, SF is at very little risk. See http://www.overthecap.com/cap.php?Name=Colin%20Kaepernick&Position=QB&Team=49ers

  • e_racer

    The Chiefs need to reduce their cap for 2014, and 2015 in order to get Justin Houston a new deal. It looks as if Smith is due quite a bit more money if you compare his salary to others. However, a new deal for Smith could be formulated in such a way that the Chiefs actually lower their cap this year, and perhaps next. They could also limit their risk in future years if the bottom falls out for Smith.

  • Butch Davis

    Look obviously the front office knows we’re not set at wideout or we wouldn’t have gone after Emmanuel Sanders with a very legitimate offer. There’s just a lot of through the grapevine like commentary that’s happening. Part of it is the fact its the off-season the other part is anytime we get our hopes up over one player’s progression and they do something even semi flashey a la Demetrius Harris we peg them as the answer to picking up where we left off last year. Ultimately no we’re not set and i don’t think we will be for some time but it doesn’t mean we won’t win playoff games