The Kansas City Chiefs were active in the offseason with regard to their wide receivers. General manager John Dorsey revamped a group that famously went without a touchdown in 2014, cutting Dwayne Bowe, A.J. Jenkins and Donnie Avery while signing Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55-million deal.
Dorsey also drafted a receivers Chris Conley (third round) and Da’Ron Brown (seventh round), while committing De’Anthony Thomas to a full-time receiver role and re-signing Jason Avant. Da’Rick Rogers was also brought in as a free agent back in January.
Still, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com believes Kansas City has the worst receivers in the league. Here’s what he had to say:
"The Chiefs knew they needed to add talent, and paid Jeremy Maclin like a superstar. He’s a solid starter, but not a game changer. He never topped 1,000 yards until Chip Kelly hit town. Albert Wilson has a chance to emerge as the No. 2 receiver, but it’s a wildly unproven group after Maclin."
Look, some of this is fair. Maclin is a good receiver but has only produced one elite season. Wilson showed flashes toward the end of last year but remains a relative unknown. Avant is older, and Junior Hemingway has proven he has no hands. Thomas is a electric player, but how much receiving yardage does that translate to? The rookies are exactly that, rookies.
Still, Rosenthal is being a bit aggressive here. Take the homer glasses off, and you would undoubtedly say this group remains in the bottom third of the league. But are they worse than the St. Louis Rams or Seattle Seahawks? How about the Tennessee Titans or Carolina Panthers? I would take Maclin over any of those teams by himself.
Ultimately, the no-touchdowns thing definitely haunts this group and rightfully so. Hopefully Kansas City’s pass catchers can prove him wrong in 2015.