Albert Wilson, wide receiver
When Albert Wilson put up 147 yards on the Denver Broncos in Week 17, it was the perfect exclamation mark to end a (regular) season in which Wilson finally broke out. John Dorsey was always bullish on Wilson’s ceiling, even overly so, as the Chiefs former general manager never hesitated to praise the former undrafted free agent.
He believed Wilson could be a solid starter on the outside well before Wilson ever showed such ability, and 2017 has proven Dorsey right in a number of ways.
It’s uncanny how many key catches or even game-saving moments Wilson has had in 2017. There’s the 36-yard sideline catch against the Oakland Raiders just a few weeks ago. There’s also the other key play against the Raiders, the touchdown tip from October. This year, he set career highs in catches (42), receiving yards (552 yards), catch rate (68%) and touchdowns (3).
Most importantly, it’s clear that Wilson has mastered Andy Reid’s offense as he runs routes with efficiency and has blossomed into a well-rounded receiving who blocks willingly, separates well and has shown solid chemistry this season with both Patrick Mahomes and Alex Smith.
If Wilson stays underrated in the free agent market, the Chiefs would do well to bring him back. Unfortunately Wilson likely chose the perfect time for a bit of a breakout campaign.