Kansas City Chiefs: Much Ado About Wide Receivers

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Dec 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) and wide receiver Jason Avant (81) after a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Over the course of the last season, the Chiefs Kingdom—and to a greater extent, the Kansas City Chiefs themselves—came to understand that the biggest need on the team was not at wide receiver, but on the offensive line. And that makes sense. If the opposing pass rush is consistently getting through so quickly that the quarterback cannot make his reads, and the receivers can’t finish their routes, then the talent level of either position means a lot less.

I am certainly not going to argue against that point. I fondly remember the early 2000s when the Chiefs had the best O-line in the league.

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Having anchors like Will Shields and Willie Roaf did great things for prolific rushers Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson and helped Dick Vermeil’s “Flying Circus” style of offensive play work. But I also remember that, though Trent Green to Eddie Kennison didn’t look as bad, it wasn’t particularly amazing either.

So while finding a true No. 1 receiver isn’t the biggest item on the Chiefs’ wish list this offseason, finding a way to improve the receiving corps as a whole should still feature prominently—especially with the looming specter of Dwayne Bowe’s potential departure.

If John Dorsey’s comments are to be believed, then he is keen on erasing that goose egg the wide outs put up in the touchdown column last year.

So what are the Chiefs’ options?