The pieces are in place for a big improvement in the Kansas City Chiefs’ passing game, but as history has taught us repeatedly, looking good on paper and actually performing are two very different things. Dwayne Bowe was the only Chief to eclipse 500 receiving yards last season, and he will need someone to step up to take some attention away from him. Bowe has some big plans this season making promises to lead the league in touchdowns and receptions. He will need some major help to even come close to those predictions.
Donnie Avery will be able to take some pressure off of Bowe. With 60 receptions and 781 receiving yards, Avery was by far the most productive in 2012, although his production came with a different team. The Indianapolis Colts were much more equipped to get their receivers the ball than Kansas City last season. Avery has a lot of speed but needs to fix his problem with drops. He led the league with a 16.67 percent drop rate last season. Projection: 65-70 REC/800-900 YDS/4-6 TD.
Andy Reid is high on Dexter McCluster’s abilities. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound RB/WR has yet to find regular production in the NFL, but this could be his year. Reid would love to find ways to get McCluster the ball. He isn’t the biggest target, but he’s quick, explosive, and can make things happen out in space. Projection: 60-65 REC/600-700 YDS/4-6 TD.
Jon Baldwin hasn’t come close to living up to his potential yet. With a total of 41 REC, 528 YDS, and two TD in his first two seasons, the former first-round pick has been a total bust so far. However, he is in a much better position to succeed in 2013 with the additions of Andy Reid and Alex Smith. Baldwin has the tools to be great and should realize more of his big-play potential in the upcoming seasons. Projection: 65-70 REC/900-1000 YDS/6-8 TD.