The KC Chiefs played their first game of the season on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs had an interesting offseason as far as the offensive side went, as they didn’t feel the need to draft or sign a wide receiver.
The preseason will prove to be important for the Chiefs offense because all eyes will be on the young receivers on the team. Everyone knows about Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, and even Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins, but if you asked people about Albert Wilson or Frankie Hammond Jr. people will probably react with, “Who?”
Albert Wilson might have made people remember him though after Thursday night’s game. Wilson had a great night on Thursday and made a strong statement to make the Chiefs roster.
For one, he had an amazing 65 yard return and then showed promise with some terrific catches throughout the game. Wilson is an undrafted free agent out of Georgia State and hopefully can continue to play as well as he did against the Bengals.
Eight year veteran Dwayne Bowe didn’t play much, but he had one grab for about 10 yards or so on the second series with the starters. Alex Smith and Bowe will start clicking come the regular season so I wouldn’t sweat any of this at the moment.
Kyle Williams had a nice reception from Chase Daniel in the second quarter for 18 yards. Williams didn’t see much playing time at all last year due to injuries, but he should be able to make the final cuts.
The third quarter and on consisted mostly of Cyrus Gray and Charcandrick West running the ball a lot so the receivers didn’t shine a lot in the later half of the game.
Overall it was fun getting to watch these younger guys prove their worth. Wilson by far stood out the most. Let’s hope Terez Paylor’s news concerning Wilson’s ankle won’t be anything serious.
Albert Wilson tweaked his ankle in Thursday's game.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) August 9, 2014
As for the other guys, Avery was invisible as far as I can recall. Hemingway had an injury that excused him from playing and I don’t remember seeing Jenkins at all. Hopefully these three can start picking it up. It may just be preseason, but a nice grab here and there during these games would be a little sigh of relief for me personally.
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