If this offense is going to display the firepower Todd Haley and new O-coordinator Charlie Weis have in mind, then one of these young receivers needs to step up.
One of these players could be Jerheme Urban. At 6'3" and 207 pounds, Urban has the size and quickness that could make him the poor man's Fitzgerald/Boldin. Urban gives the Chiefs the down-the-field option they have been lacking in recent years. If the offense can establish the run early, his ability to stretch the field could prove maddening to opposing D-coordinators.
Jerheme Urban is going to get shot in KC.
While with the Cardinals, Urban was buried behind some of the NFL's best wide-outs. In K.C., he should get a better opportunity to showcase his talents while also filling a significant role for the offense.
Dexter McCluster is may not be a prototypical receiver, but make no mistake about it, he will produce. DMC is known for his speed and agility, but despite being proportionately challenged, he is also extremely strong. This should enable the coaching staff to get creative when drawing up offensive schemes.
McCluster's overall statistics this season may not prove all that impressive in the end because of his varied roles, but he may be the most impactful wide-out on the roster.
McCluster could be missing piece.
Ultimately, if the Chiefs want to have a productive offense, Dwayne Bowe is going to have to take his game to another level. Although serviceable, Bowe has never played anywhere close to his peak potential. In 2009, Bowe dropped a league leading 11 passes despite missing 5 games. But Bowe has an amazing skill set that could rival anyone in the league if he improves his concentration.
The Chiefs have reached out to some former NFL greats, including WR Chris Carter, to help Bowe finally reach his ceiling. But so far this offseason, it appears to be the same D-Bowe with constant negative publicity.
Bowe has the most potential of all the receivers the Chiefs have on the roster. If he can show up to training camp with the right mind set, this offense could be scary for opposing teams. Without Bowe, the Chiefs have some exciting weapons but would be just average. With a level-headed Bowe, however, the Chiefs offensive unit could be down right dominant.