Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins, Frankie Hammond Jr.
Cuts: Albert Wilson, Darryl Surgent, Deon Anthony, Fred Williams, Mark Harrison, Weston Dressler, Jerrell Jackson, Kyle Williams
The Kansas City receiving corps needs a rebound year from Dwayne Bowe. The temperamental pass-catcher posted dismal numbers in 2013. Bowe caught just 57 passes for 673 yards.
Those are unacceptable figures from a player who should thrive in this offense. Reid and Pederson's scheme is built on slant plays that should perfectly suit Bowe's 6'2", 212-pound frame.
The problem is that Bowe doesn't always fight for the ball or keep his frame in the best shape. However, the latter issue might be close to being resolved.
Bowe has reportedly shed weight this offseason, according to USA Today writer Tom Pelissero:
A couple months shy of his 30th birthday, Bowe said he weighs around 212 pounds — down from his playing weight of 222 to 225 in the past — thanks to a diet featuring fish, vegetables and fewer carbs, plus intense workouts in Miami with his personal trainer.
Pelissero also noted how Bowe wants to be "more explosive" this season. That's good news for the passing game.
Bowe is one of the few physically imposing receivers in a group that is otherwise Smurf-like by modern standards. Reid and Pederson need him to help make their system work.
While everyone else in the rotation lacks prototypical size, they make up for it with ample speed. Veteran Donnie Avery is a prime example.
He is a true burner who poses a genuine vertical threat in this offense. Reid loves crafting ways to utilize Avery's blazing speed. He can still be a capable starter if he avoids injuries and drops.
Perhaps the most intriguing player at this position is A.J. Jenkins. The former 2012 first-round bust for the 49ers became something of a reclamation project for Reid last season.
Like Avery, Jenkins can stretch the field. He also has good skills after the catch. But similar to Bowe, Jenkins must prove he can stay in shape and motivated. He can be a surprisingly effective weapon this season if he does.
It's smart to expect Junior Hemingway to take on the slot role. His ability as a blocker is just as significant as his receiving skills. Hemingway does great work clearing the way on the Chiefs' expansive range of screen passes.
The more prolific receiver out of the slot is likely to be De'Anthony Thomas. He seems like a direct replacement for Dexter McCluster, who joined the Tennessee Titans this offseason.
Thomas can be just as versatile as McCluster. That means flip-flopping between running back and receiver, something Thomas did during OTAs, per ESPN.com Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher:
The Chiefs continued to utilize De'Anthony Thomas in a variety of spots but he received more work as a wide receiver than he did on Saturday. Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick, still lined up plenty of times as a running back.
This position is loaded with question marks after Thomas. Among them are rookie free agent Albert Wilson, ex-CFL star Weston Dressler and the speedy Frankie Hammond Jr.
Of that group, Hammond has the best chance to stick on the roster. In another article for ESPN, Teicher highlighted Hammond's obvious potential: "Hammond is fast, and working mostly as a slot receiver in offseason practice, he showed the knack for running good routes and the ability to take a short catch and turn it into a big play."
The last part of that description could be the mantra of Reid's offense.
The Chiefs are gambling on potential at this position. They are choosing to believe Bowe can turn things around, Avery stays healthy and players such as Jenkins, Hemingway and Hammond will finally get it.
If those bets pay off, this position can be an unexpected strength this season.