Is Wide Receiver Help On The Way For The Chiefs?


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Summer is officially upon us and NFL teams are entering the final leg of their offseason programs. Organized team activities are in full swing and training camps are only about six weeks away. The next two months should present a few opportunities for general manager John Dorsey to round out the Chiefs’ roster at certain positions. Players have already been designated as June 1 cuts and more will soon come as the NFL’s cutdown deadlines approach. There’s been talk all offseason about who the team might pursue at wide receiver when the ax begins to fall.

Beyond Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery, the Chiefs’ receiving corps is mostly comprised of unproven commodities. Coaches seem to be confident in A.J. Jenkins, but there’s little evidence that he’ll make good on his former first-round promise. Similar questions apply to Canadian-standout Weston Dressler and former R7 pick Junior Hemingway. One of those three players could have a breakout season for Kansas City in 2014, but I think it’s safe to reserve judgment. The trio makes for little more than untapped potential right now so we should table those talks until the preseason. For now, let’s do some early-summer speculation about which receivers (currently unrestricted or possible camp casualties) might be a good fit for Andy Reid’s offense in Kansas City. The list is short, but here are a couple of players who could make sense for the Chiefs.

Santonio Holmes

Philadelphia Eagles v New York Jets

The eight-year veteran is already on the open market after being handed his walking papers by the New York Jets in early-March. The move creates $8.25 million of cap space in 2014. Four years ago, Pittsburgh traded Holmes to New York for a fifth-round pick. Despite a mediocre season in 2010, Holmes received a $45 million contract from the Jets the following year. That proved to be a busted transaction for the team. He never lived up to expectations and played a full 16 games only once.

Despite nagging injuries and recent underachievement, Holmes just turned 30 and still has quantifiable NFL talent. There wasn’t much interest in Holmes during the first two waves of free agency. At this point in the offseason, he’ll be lucky to snare anything more than a one-year deal. I’d venture to guess that he’ll come cheap. The sticking point for Reid could be Holmes’ well-publicized attitude. That might be off-putting to a young team like the Chiefs.

Denarius Moore

Denarius

Moore, like Holmes, has been plagued by inconsistencies over the past three years. The former Tennessee Volunteer was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2011. The fleet-footed receiver was expected to be a playmaker for the Raiders, but the results have been mixed. Drops have been an issue for Moore and there’s some thought that he occasionally takes plays off. Rumors have been swirling since the NFL Draft that Moore might be on the block. It’s possible that he may have fallen from the good graces of the Raiders’ coaching staff.

For every part of his game that could use improvement, there are a couple other areas where he could be beneficial to the Chiefs. Moore has the kind of speed that can help an offense stretch the field. He runs the 40-yard dash in the low-4.4 range and has boasted an average of just about 16 yards per catch during his time in Oakland. Moore also has a nose for the end zone. Since joining the team in 2011, he’s scored 17 touchdowns. Unfortunately, it’s possible that he’ll wind up staying in Oakland. He’s just 25 years old and has outplayed draft expectations for a former R5 pick.

I don’t have any inside any information that the Chiefs are interested in either Holmes or Moore. I do think they could help upgrade the receiver group in Kansas City, if only slightly. There’s a chance that none of the Chiefs hopefuls will pan at the position. With a tougher schedule ahead, this offense isn’t in a position to take a step backwards. Kansas City’s tight end group was ravaged by injuries in 2013. Some of the same uncertainties apply to young players in that bunch. One more known pass-catcher quantity could help Alex Smith and company take another step forward. Time will tell if the Chiefs are as concerned about wide receiver as the Chiefs blogosphere has been this offseason.

What say you, Addicts? Would either of these two players upgrade the Chiefs’ receiving group? Are there other bubble players you have your eye on? Are the Chiefs set with the young players they have on tap? Use the comment section below to chime in. As always, we appreciate your readership and support.

Until next time, Addicts!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Anthony Poole

    Great article Stacy. As welcome as it would be to gain some help at WR, I’m hoping there may be some opportunity to pick up some help on the OL. that probably won’t be as easy to come by, but I can’t help but feel if we could nab some decent help there, we will compete with anyone.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Thanks, Anthony!

      I think the Chiefs have done a great job of adding quality depth along the offensive line. Linkenbach isn’t very good, but he has line versatility. Webb could honestly have an outside shot of pushing Stephenson for the starting job. The two draftees are green, but have lots of talent. I feel pretty good about depth there, but another veteran couldn’t hurt.

      • Ardent Shepherd

        I feel if we can upgrade Avery, we’ll be on route to a good season. With Jamaal Charles, our passing game already has quite a few weapons. If Bowe and DAC can put together average years, and if Alex Smith is allowed to throw the ball down the field, we’ll see a lot more success through the passing game. I’d take Moore over Holmes, though. If he’s available, and the price is right, I’d take a nice long look at him.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          No question about it. I’m not sure we’ll be able to do that over the next two months, but sign me up if we can.

        • micah stephenson

          Passing downfield alot with ASS11 will result in a lot of ints or balls over thrown by ten yards.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            Micah, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you with a positive comment ever. No matter what it is, you always have something contrary to say about it. Alex Smith can throw the ball deep well or were you not watching the playoff game against the Colts? I’d respect your posts more if it weren’t for the fact that every time I see your name, it’s a contrarian post.

          • Tyler Alexander

            Ardent Shepherd You’re wasting your breath…

          • micah stephenson

            I say positive stuff but know one cares about that stuff. If I say J.C is really good, its like ok, we know that. If I say I like Berry, Poe, Tamba, Houston, DJ, Flowers, Bowe ect, and they are good players, then its like ok duh, we know. The common thing is to talk about what need fixing. Which I think before the season started was QBOTF, WR, TE, Pass rush depth, and All teams always need another cb.

  • berttheclock

    Of course, the Chiefs could take a flyer on Derrick Johnson.

    No, not that Derrick Johnson. However, there is such a player with that name who has just been cut by the Pats. An UDFA from Maine, ran a 4.47 second 40 at his pro day and a 6.60 three cone. He had been signed out of mini camp by the Pats, but, they cut him due to the need for signing a TE. Listed at both five ten and five eleven and had a senior year production of 660 yards and 2 TDs.

    Funny thing about Moore. He fell in the 2011 draft due to inconsistencies at Tennessee. Pioli slept through him in that infamous Stanzi-Gabe Miller 5th round. But, for some reason he really turns it on against the Chiefs as he has torched the Chiefs twice on long TDs. Now, with the Raiders, his problems may stem from real inconsistencies of their QBs over the last three seasons, but, he is, apparently, out of favor with Allen. I agree with Stacy. If the Chiefs can obtain him, YES.

    As for Holmes. I don’t have as much a problem with his age as I do with the nagging question of “Does he really want to play Pro football, anymore?” Yes, he has had those nagging injuries, but, he has put away a ton of money and is his head really into playing with vigor for anyone?

    One last point. GB has some fine talent at wide out in their camp who may not make the final roster cut. I would be interested in how Chris Harper ends up. He has looked good in OTAs and he had a great record at K-State. Dorsey missed the waiver claim on him last year. Perhaps more of an H-back.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’d prefer Moore of the two for sure.

  • berttheclock

    Off topic, but, would Dorsey be interested in adding depth at OLB by picking up Quentin Groves?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Perhaps. He has some passrushing ability.

  • Randall Miller

    The other starter is not on our roster yet, the targets on on Mr. Dorsey’s board….as we approach camp cut downs will begin 3 weeks in. The Packers right now have 19 wideouts listed for example. They will keep 5.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Do you have interest in anyone from that Packers group? If so, who? I think Avery’s the No. 2 until further notice.

      • Ardent Shepherd

        Jarrett Boykin, if he were to be cut, would be one of the only ones I’d be interested in.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Boykin’s a possesion receiver type, right?

          • Ardent Shepherd

            He’s pretty versatile. Good special teamer and solid hands.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Quick-twitch guy or more of a speed-builder?

          • berttheclock

            The knock on him in a wiki article is he has inconsistent hands and is slow coming off blocks. The writer said that caused him to drop in the draft. When, the Jags picked him up, they didn’t keep him very long.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            Yes, because the Jaguars have a knack for keeping talent…

          • berttheclock

            Also, consider I mentioned Wiki which normally requires having a ton of salt at your disposal when reading articles.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            He’s 6’2” with better wheels than Bowe. More of a builder.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Gotcha.

      • Randall Miller

        Stacy just like Bclock said…Pack drafted 3 WR this year, they strengthen strengths ( just like Mr. Dorsey drafted Ford) Pack is a good example of some quality wideouts that will be cut. Cobb, Gillett, Dorsey and White for example, at least 3 of them will not make the cut. Mr. Dorsey’s board not only has the player listed, but a cap number as well. Frisco is another example and even St. Louise. A drafted WR has a 25% chance of sticking to the club who drafted him, this stat is very telling. I trust our front office NOW has the talent at the scouting position to fill this need. As some fans were screaming for a wideout in the draft, most of us had the confidence that the over flow at WR would be huge this year, and we will pick up a quality player who will start.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I hope you’re right and I suspect Green Bay’s overflow will be high on Dorsey’s watch list.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, it will be hard for those trying to compete with the 3 new draft choices, but, of course, Ted Thompson would be first to admit a draft mistake if he sees no progress in camp.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I disagree with the starter not being on the roster take. While I think it’s certainly possible they add someone to the roster, all we’ve heard since OTAs started is how it makes such a difference for guys to know the system and all be on the same page. I don’t see anyone getting cut by other teams that is so good that they’ll be able to walk in and beat out the guys that have put in work and learned the system.

      Also, keep in mind that we’re on the back half of the waiver claim now so the players we’ll have a shot at will have to have been passed on by about 20 other teams.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        That’s only if said player has fewer than four years of service time in the league. If they have four or more in, they become unrestricted the moment they’re released (before the trade deadline anyway).

  • berttheclock

    Tried to find the 40 combine speed for Harper, but, the site was unsafe. He played QB at Nike before switching to wide out, transferred to K-State and really started to come on his senior year. 4th round draft pick by Seattle, thenwas a late cut (more of trying to slip through waivers), picked up by the Niners and was a late October cut just after the Chiefs first pick for waivers ended. GB claimed him and put him on their taxi squad. Reports say he has had some good showings for the Packers in OTAs, but, no pad work as yet. He is six one on a slender frame, but, has a strong lower body.

    • MesaJ

      I like Chris Harper a lot. I would like to make one minor correction, he is not “slender”. He is a big bodied receiver that bullied corners in college. He weighed 236 and ran a 4.42. GB is lucky to have two really good Wildcat receivers.

    • Troy Utt

      Bert, I am a bit slanted on Harper as he played at K-State & was a stand-out during a couple of years / good teams! Harper by NFL standards may be considered thin, but the prototypical player in most every position has been thrown out the window…
      Harper has good hands & has always been known to run good routes.
      I believe the Chiefs could do much worse if by some chance they were able to pick him up? To be honest I was surprised KC didn’t make a play for him back when they had control of the waiver wire??? I didn’t understand how that played out? IMHO… With Harper having switched positions midway thru his college career to WR, I believe his ceiling is much higher as he is just about 3-4 yr’s in learning the spot & is getting comfortable. So if Harper is going to catch on somewhere… I’d just as soon it be with the Chiefs!

  • micah stephenson

    No. Holmes sucks. Moore is fast but can’t catch. With ASS11 @ Qb, I was hoping for Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant with Jimmy Graham at TE. We need at least two more #1 wrs if we gone keep ASS11.

    • GDL40

      HAHAHA

    • Lyle Graversen

      It seems like your criticisms used to at least be somewhat well thought out. Now it seems like you’ve settled for flat out trolling.

      • Troy Utt

        Lyle, It’s gone from trolling to flat out prejudice! Plain & Simple…
        As you could see by his comments if it can’t be achieved on his old version of Madden, then it just don’t make sense!

        • micah stephenson

          Idk, I wanna see what Murray can do.

          • Troy Utt

            So you subscribe to 2 steps forward, 1 step back?
            First we’ll see if Murray can unseat Daniel, & Bray??? Personally I don’t see an issue if healthy as to why Murray couldn’t unseat Daniel. But if the back-up spots are truly an open competition & Bray continues on from last season, then the 2spot is Brays for the taking! Bray proved it on the field when given the opportunity & if not for that contract I believe Daniel would already be packing…

      • micah stephenson

        Yea I know. It feels like its fun to clown him now. But we do need a lot more at wr if we keep him.

      • micah stephenson

        All I’m saying is we gone need some super duper wrs and a monster TE. ASS11 to Bowe, Avery, and Fasano. Bowe is the only guy I like in the equation. Avery would possibly b a cool #3 or 4 wr. And Fasano???I hope Kelce is a lot better.

  • Roger Mihalko

    they should talk to vernon kearney and ask if he wants to try Wideout…..with so much competition at DB….He could show skill above most of the receivers we have…he is 6.2 185lbs 4.4 speed…….just a thought.

  • BWrangler

    I know I sound like a broken record…

  • Johnny

    Holmes would probably not upgrade our offense but Moore definitely would. He’s a definite sleeper and played tough as I watched him torch the Chiefs secondary. He would also make our defensive backs better. I don’t know many bubble players but if I heard more names out there, I could tell you a lot about them as I do know roughly 90% of the league from playing numerous video games and watching college football. The Chiefs are obviously set with their receiving core or you would have seen more moves being made to land a new one. When D. Thomas turns more heads than Dante Hall did, most people will understand just what the Black Mamba brings to the table as being one of the few new, fresh faces to join the Chiefs receiving corps.

    • ondgo247

      I’m not questioning your expertise Johnny, as you probably know far more about the NFL or even the Chiefs for that matter, than I do…but does video games really educate you on player capability? Or does it just give you a heightened awareness of last years rosters?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      DAT’s one of my favorite members of the Chiefs’ draft class, but he still has so much to prove. Can’t count on him just yet.

  • Nick the Kick

    I think Santana Moss gets cut in a crowded Washington pro team wr group. I know he is older and not a vertical threat anymore, but he can catch the ball and pick up first downs.

  • Jim Sghost

    Great article. Moore is a SERIOUS talent…I wouldn’t mind the Chiefs bringing him in thats for sure.