The Kansas City Chiefs have made their first wave of cuts over the last two days and the biggest name of the bunch is former Canadian superstar, Weston Dressler.
The 5-foot-7, 179 pound receiver had high hopes from the fans but failed to show the Chiefs enough to prove worthy of a roster spot. Andy Reid and John Dorsey always use the phrase “no stone un-turned” and that’s what they had in Dressler.
Since joining the Canadian Football League in 2008, Dressler had become one of the best receivers in the CFL. In his rookie season, he accounted for 1,123 yards and six touchdowns and showed why he deserved this opportunity he had in the NFL.
Dressler’s best seasons have been the last two (2012, 2013) where he’s caught a combined 164 passes for 2,217 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s shown the ability to stretch the field and most of all, his ability to catch. (stats via CFL.ca.com)
Unfortunately for Dressler though, receiver has been one of the strongest spots on the roster in terms of competition and he couldn’t keep up with younger guys like Frankie Hammond, Albert Wilson and Kyle Williams.
Perhaps Dressler’s biggest trouble was getting separation from NFL defensive backs. In the CFL, receivers get a running start, much like arena football. Dressler had to make the adjustment of getting off the line beating his guy within a five yard stretch.
It’s too bad, as I myself had high hopes for Dressler as the Chiefs new slot player. He looked the part, and could have been the replacement to Dexter McCluster‘s roll on this team over the last couple of years.
Maybe Dressler can find another team who needs his services, or, make his way back up to the CFL.
Either way, Weston Dressler has the support of the Chiefs Kingdom (as long as he doesn’t sign with Oakland, San Diego, or Denver) and we hope nothing for the best.