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Candidates: Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins, Junior Hemingway and Weston Dressler
It is no secret that Dwayne Bowe was nonexistent for most of last year. Even so, he will go into the season as the top receiver. But who plays behind him is a mystery. The Chiefs tried their luck with Amani Toomer, Devard Darling, Mark Bradley, Chris Chambers, Jon Baldwin and Steve Breaston. Since 2008, all six of those players were hoped to serve as a viable No. 2 receiver.
Whether it was through free agency or the draft, none of those players panned out well and are no longer on the team.
Unfortunately, the situation right now does not appear to be very different.
Donnie Avery was the team’s most successful receiver behind Bowe, but even he incurred the inconsistent bug.
Fans have forgotten that Junior Hemingway was a seventh-round pick as he showed flashes in 2013. The Chiefs have tried to address their woes by trading Baldwin for A.J. Jenkins and signing Weston Dressler from Canada, but are they long-term solutions?
When a team has several candidates for the No. 2 wide receiver position, it usually means it has a thin group of receivers. Avery could be the favorable candidate, but the spot is wide open. Don’t be surprised if Reid changes his No. 2 receiver a couple of times throughout the season.
Prediction: Avery will remain the No. 2 receiver with a lot of unknowns behind him.