Boerigter Impresses Vikings

Chiefs big play man Marc Boerigter does it again on Saturday as his run and catch ignites Chiefs offense.

--One of the new weapons the Chiefs will dust off this season is wide receiver Marc Boerigter.

Boerigter played college ball at tiny Hastings College in Nebraska and spent two seasons in the CFL but is quickly establishing himself as a potential star in the NFL.

At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Boerigter has ideal size to go with speed, hands, and body control -- especially in the red zone. After scoring 19 touchdowns and averaging over 18 yards per catch with the Calgary Stampedes for two seasons, Boerigter came out of nowhere to score eight touchdowns on only 20 catches last season. Included were touchdown receptions of 99 and 44 yards.

"It never gets old scoring touchdowns," Boerigter said.

Boerigter's stunning catch and run for a 59-yard score Saturday night against Minnesota illustrated why he has the potential to be so dangerous this season. After finding a hole in the Minnesota zone and hauling in Green's medium-route pass up the right sideline, Boerigter turned on the juice, split a pair of Viking safeties and outran the entire secondary to the end zone. "That receiver is fast," said Vikings' safety Corey Chavous. No kidding. Chavous' partner, cornerback Denard Walker, pulled a hamstring on the play and it's doubtful whether any of the Vikings chasing Boerigter would have caught him on a 200-yard field. Boerigter's habit for getting into the end zone is creating some interesting questions around Arrowhead Stadium. Like, how long will it be before he moves ahead of veterans Eddie Kennison or Johnnie Morton into the starting lineup? In combination with Tony Gonzalez, Boerigter would seem to represent a nightmare matchup for opposing defensive coordinators. Mixed in with the tiny but cat-quick Dante Hall, he is a fun toy for offensive coordinator Al Saunders. "I don't really look at it like I'm a third or fourth receiver," Boerigter said. "We have a lot of talented guys who can catch the football and make plays."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I wasn't happy last year or the year before, and I complained about it. It didn't make me feel better. It didn't make me a better player. It didn't help anything, so what good was it?" -- Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez, saying he will cut down on the complaining and improve his blocking this year if that's what the Chiefs need to become a better team.


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