Five To Remember: Chiefs vs. Bengals

Who stood out in KC's loss to the Bengals? Nick Athan looks at five Chiefs to remember.

1. WR Dwayne Bowe - He only had one catch that went over 10 yards, but Bowe caught eight more, and many on third down. Matt Cassel made an effort to get Bowe the ball Sunday, and I still maintain he's a legit #1 receiver. He's certainly the best receiver in Kansas City and has the highest ceiling of anyone. The Chiefs are probably nervous about his future after his four-game suspension but Bowe's a commodity that needs to be locked up for the long term. There's another big player shakeup coming this offseason in Kansas City, but Bowe is worth the risk.

2. TE Jake O'Connell - He dropped two passes last week but Sunday made his first NFL reception and blocked a punt on special teams. O'Connell has an NFL body and with the uncertainty of Brad Cottam's return next season and beyond, it looks as if he'll get a shot for regular backup duty next season provided the Chiefs can re-sign their current starter, Leonard Pope, to a long term contract. Even so, it might not hurt Kansas City to draft another tight end in the middle of next April's draft.

3. RB Tim Castille - Another late season pickup that now finds himself with a chance to be on the roster in 2010, but at what position? To me, he's a fullback, and the Chiefs would be wise to move him to that position next season. I'm not a big fan of current starter Mike Cox. Castille just looks like an old-fashioned, no-nonsense football player. At 238 pounds he can be a strong blocker for Charles next year and clearly can catch the ball out of the backfield after his big touchdown reception against the Bengals. He's not much of a running threat, but with some development perhaps he could be a poor man's Tony Richardson. Right now, pencil him in as KC's starting fullback next season.

4. S Mike Brown - If players were paid just to make tackles, he got a bonus check Sunday, with eight solo tackles and five assists. Brown's play, along with Jon McGraw's, shows that the Chiefs have a good backup plan in the event they do not re-sign Jarrad Page. After a rough start, Brown has been delivering over the last few weeks and might have been KC's best offseason pickup on defense. He gets my vote as the team's second-best defensive player behind linebacker Tamba Hali. Brown isn't blessed with great speed but he makes plays, and has a nose for the football.

RB Jamaal Charles - The offensive MVP of the 2009 season. Another 100-yard performance on Sunday and three catches should give Chiefs fans hope Charles can be the man in KC's offense next year. I'd like to see the Chiefs limit his attempts per game to 20 or under (he had 24 on Sunday) because he'll get worn down. Even so, Charles is showing stamina as he continues to weave and drive for every yard he can. We should be completely sold and there is little doubt he'll enter 2010 as the Chiefs' starter with plenty of confidence.

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