For the Chiefs this offseason, it has been a busy one filled with changes in all areas. The popular changes were in the front office at general manager, the head coach, and the all important quarterback position. There has been nonstop talk about the job John Dorsey and Andy Reid have been doing together in Kansas City and for good reason. QB Alex Smith was the significant acquisition of the offseason and Chiefs fans cannot wait for him to step on the field and lead the team. RB Jamaal Charles is excited to play in coach Reid’s offense, WR Dwayne Bowe got a new contract and is looking to get going. The defense led by the three Pro Bowl linebackers are gearing up for a monster season. But the one player that isn’t getting too much notice and can have a breakout season for the Chiefs in 2013 is WR Dexter McCluster.
McCluster is entering his fourth year in the league and is still trying to figure out where he fits best. There is no question how dynamic Dex can be, but to this point he has not settled in one position. And maybe he doesn’t have to settle at one spot. When the Chiefs drafted him in the second round of the 2010 draft, McCluster was a running back/punt returner for Ole Miss. In his first game with the Chiefs, Dex returned a punt back for a touchdown in a Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers. He would go on to add over 200 yards receiving with a score during his rookie year.
In 2011, McCluster saw more touches at RB with 114. He registered over 500 yards on the ground, the most yardage he has gained at one position in one season. Then only 12 carries last season had Chiefs fans scratching their heads on the way Dex was being used. In 2012 McCluster was positioned more at the slot receiver hauling in 52 catches, the most of his career thus far, and a score. So in three seasons, McCluster has been moved all around in attempt to utilize his speed and skills.
Now you bring in an offensive mind head coach like Andy Reid, there is sure to be some creativity on how #22 is used on the 2013 Chiefs. The West Coast offense is designed to get speedsters like Dex in open space, so he and Jamaal Charles should be licking their chops.
Speed guys like Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy had field days under coach Reid in Philadelphia, and fans in KC are expecting to see more of the same from their fast men. Expect to see more screens for these players, getting the ball out on the flat, and shovel passes because Andy Reid will make sure his game plans revolve around getting the football into the hands of his playmakers.
Everybody is talking about the potential year RB Jamaal Charles and WR Dwayne Bowe could have under coach Reid, and rightfully so. Chiefs fans hope they have monster seasons, but watch out for the little guy Dexter McCluster as well.
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