At least one national pundit thinks there are big things in store for Dwayne Bowe this upcoming season. Jeremiah took to Twitter last night to predict good things for the Chiefs franchise receiver.
Dwayne Bowe should post big #’s. He’s in better shape & he’ll be more comfortable in Andy Reid’s system this yr.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) July 18, 2014
Let’s start with the understanding there is always at least one guy who comes into camp in “the best shape of his life.” Just because a player is in better or great shape does not necessarily mean success on the field is a guarantee. With that in mind…
Bowe being in great shape should mean better production because Bowe has already proven himself as a top caliber wide receiver in the NFL. He has multiple 1,000 yard seasons under his belt – assuming that is a metric one would use to define receiver success – and he has been productive in crappy offensive systems with terrible quarterbacks. It wouldn’t be an insane notion to think Bowe could have an excellent season in 2014.
What may be Bowe’s biggest asset is the knowledge of the system and the added pieces to the offense. Jeremiah points out the potential of Bowe being more comfortable with the offense, which is certainly fair. What may be more important is the familiarity his teammates have with the offense and Alex Smith’s understanding of how Bowe fits in the scheme. It took nearly half a season before Bowe started receiving significant targets from Smith, and it took until the playoff game against Indianapolis before the Bowe/Smith connection turned profitable. Chemistry is useful in this situation.
Kansas City should also have more weapons to work with in the passing game. The tight end position will be almost completely revamped with Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce back healthy, and the wild card situation with Demetrius Harris. De’Anthony Thomas provides another explosive playmaker to go with Jamaal Charles, and Knile Davis should see more snaps in his sophomore campaign. More talent on the field should mean better matchups for Bowe.
Keep in mind Bowe was 12 in the NFL in total receiving yards from 2010 to 2012. And that was with an injury that cost him three games. Bowe has been and can still be a productive wide receiver. If he gets back to his pre-2013 ways then Kansas City’s offense could see a significant increase in production.