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Not surprisingly, the rest of the position group features pass-catchers who face a major challenge surviving final cuts. Perhaps the player with the best chance of making the grade is Frankie Hammond Jr.
He impressed during OTAs, according to ESPN.com writer Adam Teicher:
One of the developmental veterans participating in camp is wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., who has made several nice catches. Hammond is fast and would challenge for a roster spot with a strong training camp. Hammond joined the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie and spent all season on the practice squad.
Again, Hammond offers that precious commodity of speed. That's something vital to a passing game that must be more expansive in 2014.
Defenses naturally pinch the field with Jamaal Charles in the backfield and Alex Smith at quarterback. Showing more proficiency for getting behind a secondary is essential to developing an offense that can effectively complement a stout and opportunistic defense.
If Hammond proves he can stretch the field, he'll still be around when the new season starts.
Competing with Hammond is ex-San Francisco 49ers special teamer Kyle Williams. He's another speedster, but one little used as a receiver throughout his pro career.
It's difficult to imagine that changing, even in a rebuilding position group. Football's third phase is where Williams' value will continue to lie.
Undrafted rookies Albert Wilson and Darryl Surgent must make major impressions to stay relevant. Surgent perhaps has the best chance, due to his superior size, along with skills as a returner.
Reid and general manager John Dorsey have largely trusted what they have at this vital position. It's a roll of the dice by a regime that rightly earned a lot of plaudits for this team's turnaround in 2013.
The fate of their gamble depends on belief that receivers such as Bowe and Avery can become more consistent. A lot also rests on the development of a player such as Jenkins, who has the talent to flourish in this offense.
If Thomas embraces his roving role, he'll go some way to keeping this passing game relevant. As it stands, though, creative scheming will have to outweigh talent for the Chiefs' receiving corps this season.