Kansas City Chiefs 2013 Breakout Candidate: Dexter McCluster
Nearly everyone who follows the NFL is expecting the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense to make some serious improvements in 2013. The unit has been stagnant for a few years now, and in 2012, it hit bottom. In the past two years, the Chiefs managed only 212 points in 2011 and 211 points in 2012. Those are numbers the franchise hasn’t seen since 1982 when they only managed 176 (which remains the record to this day).
One player who saw his yards from scrimmage total drop dramatically last season, was Dexter McCluster. Part of the reason was of course the return of Jamaal Charles, and the signing of Peyton Hillis. Clearly, Charles is going to get the bulk of carries in the KC backfield again this year, but with Hillis no longer on the team, McCluster is in line to see a significant increase from his 12 carries a season ago.
Andy Reid is on record as saying that he ‘has things in mind for him,’ and that he’s one of those guys you can line up anywhere. That’s how I view McCluster, he’s definitely a hybrid receiver/running back, that you just need to get the ball to. It’s easy to see him playing a Harvin-like role on the KC offense, where you never know what he’ll do next.
The offensive-minded head coach is going to have no problem whatsoever finding ways to get the speedy playmaker the ball. He coached the dynamic Brian Westbrook during his days in Philadelphia, and while Westbrook was a different player than McCluster, Reid should be able to execute a similar attack with his new offensive weapon.
All of the improvements around McCluster are going to drive up his numbers this season, but it also won’t hurt anything that he’s going into the final year of his rookie contract. Reid will capitalize on his potential, and McCluster will have a breakout season on his way to a big raise in 2014.
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