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It will be nice to see Breaston do this for the Red and Yellow instead of against us!
The Chiefs' woes at wide receiver were well documented last season. The receivers not named Dwayne Bowe only compiled 690 total yards receiving last season.
1 – Dwayne Bowe—In 2010 Bowe was a one man-show for the Chiefs. Bowe had 72 receptions for 1162 yards and 15 touchdowns. With the addition of first-round draft pick Jon Baldwin, and free agent acquisition Steve Breaston, expect Bowe to have even more opportunities to be open and catch passes in 2011.
2 – Steve Breaston—Breaston is a guy that had a breakout season in 2008, under than offensive coordinator Todd Haley, when he caught 77 balls for 1,003 yards and three scores for the Arizona Cardinals. Due to the shorting training camp and his familiarity with Haley-ran offenses expect Breaston to start initially until Baldwin is able to fully understand the offense.
3 – Jon Baldwin—Standing at 6’5” and 230 pounds, and a vertical leap of 42 inches Baldwin will be one of the Chiefs' main threats in the red zone. Baldwin has exceptional hands and should help the Chiefs' wide receivers eliminate a lot of the dropped passes that occurred in the prior two seasons.
Prior to the start of training camp Baldwin as working out with Bowe and Larry Fitzgerald. Additionally, Baldwin also spent significant time staying with Matt Cassel trying to gain an understanding of the playbook and routes.
4 – Dexter McCluster—Dex had a rough, injury filled, rookie season for the Chiefs in 2010. Even though Dex is expected to play more running back this year, he is simply too much of a weapon to not line up in the slot or on the outside. Look for Dex to adjust to the physicality of the NFL game and bounce back strong in 2011.
5 – Kevin Curtis—The Chiefs were so bad off at wide receiver that Curtis was signed off the street right before a playoff game and played most of the snaps. Pioli would not have signed Curtis for just one game, in fact the Chiefs have a contractual right of first refusal, so expect him back on the roster in 2011. Curtis is a proven veteran in the NFL and should have a decent season in Kansas City.
6 – Verron Tucker—In Week 9 of last season Tucker made one of the best touchdown catches of any Chiefs receiver for the whole season. The problem was that Tucker never seemed to get on the field after that.