Training camp is in progress. The Kansas City Chiefs are preparing while Romeo Crennel looks to make the most of his second chance as a head coach in the NFL. Everyone is at camp, except for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Among all of the players on the Chiefs roster, Bowe should be at camp because he has a lot to work on.
Everyone is aware of Bowe's drop habits and how that has set the Chiefs back in crucial moments. He has the fourth most drops in the league in the past three seasons. The Chiefs value his ability to play wide receiver in the league, which is why he received the franchise tag so he could not walk free. But the Chiefs are not willing to take the risk and make Bowe one of the top-five paid receivers in the league.
It was not long ago where Bowe erased his drop habits and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns. 2010 was a remarkable year for Bowe. He caught only one touchdown pass in the first four games, but turned his level of play around and immediately became labeled as one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL that year.
The Chiefs want both Bowe and second-year wide receiver, Jon Baldwin, to work together and help quarterback, Matt Cassel, in the passing game. But as of right now, Bowe has yet to report to camp. Bowe and the Chiefs failed to come to an agreement on a long-term deal. Bowe can only play under his franchise tender, which he has yet to sign. By the time the 2012 season is over, the two sides can resume contract negotiations and the Chiefs are allowed to slap the franchise tag on him again.
But Bowe is not doing himself any favors by not reporting to camp and practicing with his team. He needs to develop into a consistent receiver and limit his drops. By not being at camp, the concerns regarding whether or not Bowe can be consistent will only grow.
ESPN's Adam Schefter says Bowe may not report to camp until the first week of the preseason game. By then, Bowe will have missed many reps and Crennel may not be open to the idea of letting him play, let alone start, the first preseason contest.
While the Chiefs would like for him to be in camp, they are going to continue without him. Meanwhile, Bowe is only hurting himself by not practicing. And even though fans want him to be traded, the Chiefs will want to do everything they can to keep him in a quarterback-driven league. The Chiefs want to be one of those heavy-passing teams and will need Bowe, Baldwin and the rest of their pass-catchers.
For now, the Chiefs are moving on, while Bowe continues to set himself back. It is up to him to decide whether or not he wants to come to camp and help his team win, and at the same time, help himself improve.