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Now That Maclin Is Gone, What's Next?

Chiefs Young Receivers Look To Fill The Void

Jay Binkley
June 08, 2017 - 4:24 pm

Now that Jeremy Maclin is gone what is next?  What's next is a lot more of Tyreek Hill as far as on the field production.  Who will fill the leadership role?  Tyreek Hill said this week when the receivers met the media at OTA's that Chris Conley has assumed that role.  Another guy getting quite a bit of talk is last year's 4th round pick Demarcus Robinson out of Florida who was on the team last year in more of a special teams role.

Andy Reid on releasing Maclin:

Let's look at some #'s and who will fill those roles.  Tyreek Hill who will have an incresed role as probably the #1 WR and he had a big year last year as he was the leading receiver for the team in both catches (61) and yards (593).  He was 2nd on the team only to tight end Travis Kelce.  Chris Conley had 44 catches for 530 yards but no touchdowns. Albert Wilson who is already entering year four signed his restricted free agent tender this past off season as he is coming off a 31 catch season for 279 yards.  This year the Chiefs drafted Michigan WR Jehu Chesson in the 4th round. Also we can't forget about De'Anthony Thomas who only accumulated 7 catches for 35 yards.

Chris Conley, Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson talk to the media at OTA's:

06/07 - Chiefs WRs

The Chiefs are extremly young at the position as Albert Wilson and Chris Conley are the old men of the group at only 24 years old.  Here is what the Chiefs have, they have youth and speed and as I see it that could be a problem as they are built for down the field passing.  Here is the problem this group of receivers is the perfect mix for Patrick Mahomes but the Chiefs will have to wait a year to fully take advantage of what they have. Tyreek Hill should lead the way as a role player finishing first in catches and yards and expect his 61 catches to climb somewhere in the 80 catch range.  The other concern is how effective will he be on special teams?  Andy Reid still plans on using him on special teams as a punt returner where he was a game changer with 2 touchdowns and he added another as a kick returner.  Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub said today that they will likely rest him on the kick returns and keep him returning punts which is a good thing because he flips the field and changes the game in that role.

Chris Conley is the guy that I am waiting to embrace and increased role. He is entering year 3 and he has seen his production increase each year.  As a rookie he had 17 catches for 199 yards in limited time and greatly increased that to 44 catches for 530 yards a season ago.  I do not think the Chiefs have really capitalized on his skill set he is tall at 6'3" and impressed with some incredible #'s at the combine like running a 4.35 40 at the combine which was 3rd best among receivers that year.  He also had a vertical leap of 45 inches which is the record for the wide receiver position and also set a record for receivers in the broad jump.  His athletic skill set is off the charts which should translate to more than his 1 career touchdowns he has!  He has red zone threat written all over him.  Here are some other guys that can be that down the field theat as Demarcus Robinson had a season at Florida where he averaged 15.3 yards per reception and had 7 touchdowns. Jehu Chesson in his 3rd year at Michigan averaged 15.3 yards per reception and had 9 touchdowns.  

Chiefs receivers:

This receiver group the Chiefs have lacks in experience but they don't in big play ability.  I realize there is real concern about the lack of experience in the group but what they have is what the NFL needs and that is speed and the ability to make big plays.  The Chiefs have a new receivers coach in former player Greg Lewis who played for Andy Reid in Philadelpia,he took over for David Culley when he left for Buffalo, so he will have his hands full with inexperience but that may not be a bad thing.




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