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As mentioned a couple of times in this slideshow, getting familiar with a new coach's expectations usually translates into a better second year. For Kansas City's offense, there is a lot of room for improvement going into Reid's second season.
While Charles showcased what he can do as the team's leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches, the Chiefs don't want him to repeat as the leader in those three categories.
The Chiefs need other pass-catchers to step up. It is likely that will be the case this year.
Travis Kelce on the rise
So far, tight end Travis Kelce is showing a lot of promise with back-to-back catch-and-run touchdown plays this preseason. Kelce has pulled in five catches for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Despite entering the league with some upside, he missed all of last year due to a knee injury. If he carries his preseason performance into the regular season, Smith will target him the same way he used Vernon Davis back in San Francisco.
Dwayne Bowe looks to rebound
Dwayne Bowe will miss the season opener due to a suspension, but he must live up to his contract when he returns in Week 2. If Sunday's exhibition game against the preseason showed us anything, Bowe proved he is ready to play better than he did last year. He and Smith showed good chemistry, connecting five times for 62 yards. Bowe and Smith also did a lot of damage against the Colts in the playoffs when Bowe had eight receptions and gained 150 yards that day. If the Chiefs turn this into consistency, Bowe will be viewed as a top-tier receiver.
Knile Davis and DAT
Behind Charles, the Chiefs have two scatbacks in Knile Davis and rookie De'Anthony Thomas. Both players are projected to handle return duties, but even as backups, they will also see action on offense, and the Chiefs will want to use them. Like Charles, Davis and Thomas have tremendous speed and can go the distance when they have possession of the ball.
If the Chiefs get some help on offense, it would take a lot of weight off Charles' shoulders, making the team hard to stop for opposing defenses.