Under-the-Radar Offensive Stars for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IJune 12, 2012

Veteran wide receiver Steve Breaston had 785 receiving yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs in 2011.
Veteran wide receiver Steve Breaston had 785 receiving yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs in 2011.Peter Aiken/Getty Images

For the past few seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs have relied on star players like RB Jamaal Charles and WR Dwayne Bowe to help carry the team to offensive success.

While Charles and Bowe are still in the prime of their careers and will likely be the two best players on this KC offense again this season, there are many other players the Chiefs are counting on to have good seasons as well.

One of those players is third-year TE Tony Moeaki.

Like Charles and safety Eric Berry, Moeaki has been sidelined since the beginning of last season with a torn ACL.

In his rookie season back in 2010, the former Iowa Hawkeye had more than 500 receiving yards for the year, including this amazing one-handed TD catch against the 49ers.

Two more under-the-radar players that are expected to contribute this season are tight end Kevin Boss and running back Peyton Hillis.

Boss was scooped up by KC earlier this offseason as a free agent after the Raiders decided to let him walk following just one season in Oakland, while the Chiefs got Hillis via free agency as well.

At 6'6", Boss should help to create matchup problems for opposing defenses and could be a nice red-zone target for QB Matt Cassel throughout the year if he can stay healthy.

Hillis should be a nice complement for Charles and Kansas City's running game, and he also has enough versatility to play either fullback or line up as a RB in KC's backfield this season.

Another player on offense that has been flowing low is WR Steve Breaston.

Last season, the dependable wideout had nearly 800 receiving yards, which was good for second on the team in that department. This season, he could be counted on to produce more, considering Bowe's status with the team is still up in the air at this point.

Rounding out my list of potential under-the-radar offensive stars for the Chiefs in 2012 are offensive linemen Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Eric Winston and second-year receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

With all of the talent currently on this offense, any of these guys could become stars for this team at any point in 2012 or beyond.