Dwayne Bowe: Could Kansas City's No. 1 WR Be a Culprit in 2014?

Farzin Vousoughian@farzin21Contributor IIIAugust 14, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 07:  Receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up prior to the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium on August 7, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reported earlier Thursday about why Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been dropping passes.

"His finger is shot,’’ Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told Teicher. “It’s been thrown out of place about 15 times and he’s not catching the ball. But he’s getting his work done. You can practice with that type of thing.’’

Bowe has had a roller-coaster career since being drafted out of LSU in 2007 by the franchise. While managing to avoid injury for most of his career, Bowe has remained as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver.

At the same time, Bowe’s struggles have hurt the Chiefs in games in the past. He finished in the top three among NFL pass-catchers in dropped passes during 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Last year, running back Jamaal Charles surpassed Bowe in every receiving category, as Charles led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Bowe’s only 100-yard receiving game came in the postseason against the Indianapolis Colts, when he went off with eight receptions for 150 yards, the most amount of catches and yards he had in any game for 2013.

Bowe’s limited impact and drops have prevented him from being tabbed as a top-tier wide receiver in the NFL. The worst part is, Kansas City does not have a viable target at wide receiver behind Bowe.

With Bowe struggling lately in camp because of a finger injury, this brings concern to Kansas City’s passing game. If Bowe, the team’s top receiver, can’t perform, then the Chiefs will rely heavily on Charles and possibly De’Anthony Thomas to help the offense in the passing game. Travis Kelce is coming back after missing all but the season opener due to a knee injury he sustained during his rookie season, and the Chiefs may depend on him more if Bowe’s mishaps continue.

However, if things work out for Bowe, Kansas City will have a three-dimensional offense, and a good one too.

The Chiefs should expect high-quality production from Bowe, especially after general manager John Dorsey handed Bowe a $56 million deal for five seasons. Bowe, who will be entering his second year of his contract, will make $8.75 million this season, per Spotrac.com.

Bowe mentioned this summer that he's worked out more and lost weight, per USA Today's Tom Pelissero (h/t Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith), and how he hopes being in better shape will lead to having a better season.

The Chiefs will need Bowe in 2014, as they will face four NFL defenses that ranked in the top 10 last year.