Heading into training camp, there were two Chiefs who—despite playing on opposite sides of the ball—found themselves in the same position.
Both were promising second-round selections in the 2010 NFL Draft. The pair individually evolved into the team's most diverse players. However, Scott Pioli drafted potential competition for the two in 2012.
Dexter McCluster shined against the Arizona Cardinals in 2012's preseason debut. On Saturday, he started where he left off and provided another three receptions for 23 yards.
As opposed to 2011, coach Romeo Crennel has listed McCluster as a wide receiver the past two weeks. The eclectic offensive weapon seems to have finally solidified his role with Kansas City, and his status is not going to be challenged by Devon Wylie anytime soon.
Javier Arenas is, without question, Kansas City's most dynamic talent. The previous season, he served as the nickel back, kick returner, punt returner and was even on the receiving end of an offensive touchdown at Oakland.
However, Devon Wylie is an immensely talented return man and could take over Arenas' special-teams duties. Rookie De'Quan Menzie is also currently listed as a cornerback on the depth chart and excelled in slot coverage at the collegiate level.
Arenas jumped off TV screens for the wrong reasons against St. Louis. After the Rams booted a low-angled punt, Arenas caught the one-hopper and began to sprint with room to operate. But two moves quickly landed him between two Rams jerseys following a minimal gain.
Defensively, he was beaten by Danny Amendola for a touchdown (pictured) while flagged for pass interference.
Is Arenas in any kind of imminent danger of seeing his playing time drastically decrease? No. His foreseeable competition is inexperienced, it's one exhibition contest and he's ultimately too talented. But he didn't do himself any favors on Saturday.