Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Biggest Winners and Losers of OTAs, so Far

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IJune 8, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Biggest Winners and Losers of OTAs, so Far

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    With nearly three weeks of OTAs officially in the books, it's time to look at who has impressed and who has disappointed for the Kansas City Chiefs so far.

    Among those who have performed well are a second-year wide receiver, while the team's main receiving threat has missed every OTA session because he still remains unsigned.

    Without any further ado, here are the five biggest winners and losers through Kansas City's OTAs to date.

Winner: WR Jonathan Baldwin

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    Second-year wideout Jonathan Baldwin might just be the biggest winner out of any Chief so far in OTAs this year.

    Starting last month, he has been receiving first-team reps opposite Steve Breaston, with star receiver Dwayne Bowe still not present at practices due to an unsigned franchise tag.

    It also appears that Baldwin and QB Matt Cassel are starting to get more comfortable with each other as well.

    This has to be exciting news for Chiefs fans, considering how disappointing last year was for the former first-round pick in his rookie campaign in the league.

Winner: Matt Cassel

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    As the first of two QBs to make this list, Matt Cassel has been a winner so far in OTAs for Kansas City.

    Even new OC Brian Daboll has picked up on it, as he has been impressed by Cassel's high level of play through the beginning weeks of the team's organized training activities.

    The Chiefs desperately need him to remain consistent and continue to build chemistry with his large array of offensive weapons as the summer goes on.

    The keys to KC's offense are still in Cassel's hands right now, as the organization hopes that he can build off his solid start to OTAs and eventually get this team back to the playoffs in 2012.

Winner: QB Ricky Stanzi

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    By all accounts, sophomore quarterback Ricky Stanzi is playing very well in OTAs for the Chiefs to this point.

    In an open competition with veteran Brady Quinn for the backup QB spot behind Cassel, Stanzi has already received a good amount of second-team reps so far.

    Although it has already been reported that both Quinn and Stanzi have been switching between the second and third teams in practice, it's still good news for the former Iowa Hawkeye to receiver any second-team reps at all right now.

    This should be a fun battle to watch in the coming weeks, especially as training camp approaches in late July.

Loser: WR Dexter McCluster

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    It's been a roller coaster for third-year man Dexter McCluster.

    First, he saw two wide receivers and a running back drafted by his team in April's draft, likely signaling less playing time for him this season.

    Then, he was switched to wide receiver recently, and he has struggled with drops in OTAs thus far.

    He will need to pick it up this summer if he plans to make any kind of impact at wide receiver for the Chiefs this season.

Loser: WR Dwayne Bowe

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    Even though Dwayne Bowe hasn't even attended any of the OTAs yet, he still makes the cut as one of the biggest losers on this list.

    It's still unclear when KC and Bowe will come to an agreement on a new contract, and until that happens, he will still be missing from OTAs.

    It's unfortunate when you consider that the Chiefs will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in Daboll, which is why D-Bowe needs to be out there learning the new playbook with his teammates right now.

    Hopefully Bowe will be inked soon and he can return to this team to continue to be their No. 1 receiver in 2012 and beyond.