John Dorsey: Chiefs GM Speaks On Dwayne Bowe, Tamba Hali And Dorial Green-Beckham
By Brett Gering
Right now, Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey may be the busiest man in football; he’s actively talking to agents, jotting notes at the combine and number-crunching his way through umpteen salary-cap scenarios.
Despite his War and Peace-like daily planner, though, he was full of optimism at Thursday’s media session (which, to no surprise, was inundated with wide receiver questions).
When asked about the upcoming class of pass-catchers, Kansas City’s GM echoed the general consensus, claiming that this year’s pool of wideouts is comparable to last year’s in terms of depth. He also noted that the team will be meeting with one of the most polarizing talents in draft, Dorial Green-Beckham, this week, adding:
"Physically, we think he has all the gifts in the world. We’ve all admired him, all of us who have been in the state of Missouri and the Kansas City area, have seen him afar, have admired his physical traits. I think now what people want to do is get a feel for him as a person, see where he is at this state. Just see where he is, that’s what we are doing. We will be meeting him in the next couple days and I look forward to it."
Inevitably, talk of Kansas City’s lackluster receiving corps became a trend.
Dorsey hinted that injuries may have paved the way for Donnie Avery’s recent release, adding that he “never got to show his true skills” during his time with the Chiefs.
The GM was, however, quick to sing the praises of Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas, saying that he was “very happy” with their development.
Much to the same tune, he also lauded Dwayne Bowe, commenting:
"The receivers are going to take some shots because there were no touchdowns. We all know that. Dwayne does the little things that you didn’t see. I mean if you go back and do a cut up of third down situations he really did some nice things on third down. He does the selfless things in terms of run blocking in those situations. Those guys worked their fannies off. It is hard to play in the National Football League. He will probably tell you himself that he did not live up to his high standards but now we have 2015 to come back on."
Obviously, I’m not a cryptologist, so I won’t pretend to know what “we have 2015 to come back on” is code for, but it doesn’t sound like Dorsey plans on cutting Bowe anytime soon. When ESPN’s Adam Teicher mentioned the wideout, the former executive of the year said, “I love the kid,” so take that for what it’s worth.
Teicher also asked about the prospect of Tamba Hali remaining in Kansas City, to which Dorsey replied:
"We have a plan and we’re trying to address it. I love Tamba. I love everything he stands for as a player. But what I want to do is I want to be able to sit and talk things out with some more people. I want to be able to evaluate what we’ve got going on here in the [draft] class of 2015 and then I can get some clarity to the overall plan."
Welcome to the waiting game.
Quotes obtained via press release unless otherwise noted.
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