A Sixth Wide Receiver
Speed is the overwhelming factor in the Chiefs wide receiver corp. Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, De’Anthony Thomas and Chris Conley, when he returns to practice, can all stretch the field to one degree or another. Jason Avant is a cagey veteran possession receiver. He is also an experienced leader in the receiver room. These are the top five roster spots at wideout. I am very confident in that group.
The possible sixth receiver is another story. Heading into camp, it looked like Junior Hemingway’s special teams play would make him the sixth receiver. But he isn’t practicing and “you can’t make the club in the tub”. If he can recover and get significant snaps in the later preseason games he may re-acquire that edge. If so, his special teams play makes him the leading candidate for the sixth slot.
In the mean time, young (practice squad type) receivers Cook and Brown will battle experienced guys in Frankie Hammond and Williams. Whoever can produce the best play on special teams will have a chance at making this roster.
Next Sunday I’ll be back with some reaction to the first preseason game.