Good news for the Chiefs on the injury front. Doug Pederson, the Chiefs offensive coordinator, tells Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star that he expects right tackle Eric Fisher, wide receiver Donnie Avery, and running back Jamaal Charles to all play on Sunday.
From the article:
Pederson also said Avery, who missed part of Sunday’s win over the Titans with an injured shoulder and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, is “kind of day-to-day,” though he “fully” expects him to be ready Sunday.
This is tremendous news for the Chiefs, who don’t have a lot of options to go to on offense. Injuries to all three of the Chiefs tight ends and a lack of depth at wide receiver has made it difficult for Alex Smith to attack opposing defenses downfield. This would have been rendered even more difficult if Avery and Charles were to have missed Sunday’s game.
Another interesting thing to note is the amount of playing time A.J. Jenkins may start to receive over the next few weeks. Jenkins was brought over to the Chiefs near the end of the preseason in a deal with the San Francisco 49ers involving Jonathan Baldwin. There hasn’t been a lot of time for Jenkins to get full immersed in the offense, but indications are Jenkins may be ready to start contributing on a more regular basis.
If you’re looking for a wild card to change the outlook of the Chiefs offense in the second half of the season, Jenkins would be the guy. Jenkins caught 90 passes for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season at Illinois. Those numbers plus his 4.39 40-yard dash time were good enough to get him selected 30th overall by the 49ers in 2012.
However, getting those numbers to translate to the NFL hasn’t been easy so far for Jenkins. If Jenkins can figure something out in the slot then Chiefs could see their passing game start to open up.