If the Kansas City Chiefs strive for balance within their offense, the passing game has to develop more consistency. At the running back position, the Chiefs are set with Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and Charcandrick West.
The same can’t be said for the wide receivers. Granted they’ve found the end zone multiple times this pre-season, this team still hasn’t found a receiver that can line up opposite, Jeremy Maclin.
In facing a stout Tennessee Titans defense on Friday night at Arrowhead, it could serve as a final audition for six receivers fighting for that coveted starting spot.
1. Albert Wilson - Based on his performance in 2014, it would appear Wilson is the likely candidate to be the opening day starter opposite Maclin. Though we’ve yet to see the down the field flashes that made his rise from undrafted free agent a year ago to potential starter in 2015, he has the inside track.
2. Chris Conley - Injuries have derailed much of his first training camp with the Chiefs but he did manage to get some snaps last week against the Seattle Seahawks. In my view, Conley has the most upside of any receiver on the roster outside of Maclin. However, he’s yet to do anything that would suggest he’s ready to pass Wilson for a starting spot.
3. Frankie Hammond - It’s hard to gauge this young receiver. Last year in the pre-season he was one of the Chiefs best. However, he struggled mightily in the regular season. This summer he’s been solid once again. But can he take the struggles of a year ago to become a contributor in 2015?
4. Fred Jones - The emergence of Jones has been a pleasant surprise for the Chiefs this summer. Add that with the fact, Head Coach Andy Reid loves the energy in which Jones plays on every snap you’d have to think he’s going to get a serious look to make the final 53-man roster.
5. Da’Ron Brown - Like Conley the young receiver from Northern Illinois has plenty of upside. The fact he lasted until the end of the 2015 draft probably helped his overall game. In camp, he’s been solid running routes and catching the ball. Another good game against the Titans and he could solidify a roster spot.
6. De’Anthony Thomas - Injuries have dethroned his career from rising star to just another failed draft pick. When DAT is on the field, he’s a showstopper. However, his health hasn’t allowed Chiefs fans to see his overall brilliance on offense and special teams. That might be the case again tonight against the Titans.
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