Stock Down: Richie James
For all the good vibes that Skyy Moore provided, Richie James certainly had his part in bringing those vibes back down. James' not-so-great day started with the first-quarter punt he lost in the sun and banged off his face. That led to a Jacksonville recovery in the Chiefs' red zone and a brand-new set of downs. If the Chiefs' defense had not eaten their Wheaties on Sunday morning, that mistake by James could have cost the Chiefs a touchdown and changed the whole complexion of the game. Luckily, Jacksonville could only muster a field goal, so the mistake was not as bad as it could have been.
Still, the mistakes and lack of special teams production are all the more frustrating as James was brought in no small part due to his experience as a primary returner for the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. His day did not improve; he had as many catches as me for the entire game. The Chiefs have talent knocking at the door in Rashee Rice and Justyn Ross, and the Kingdom is begging for those two to take over James' snaps. The offense is clearly not hitting on all cylinders after only putting up 37 points total in their first two regular-season games against defenses that are about league-average.
If Richie James wants to keep his spot on the Chiefs' roster, he better step up his game. One catch for six yards and a punt return fumble in two games will certainly not cut it.