Kansas City Chiefs: Who Will Be The Number Two Receiver

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jason Avant (81) – Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Avant

As of now, Jason Avant looks to be the best bet as the second wide receiver on the roster. For one, he has the experience. Avant has been in the NFL for nine seasons and has always been a dependable guy. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Michigan by the Philadelphia Eagles (cough Andy Reid connection cough) and played for the Eagles for eight years.

Avant then moved on to the Carolina Panthers, but was released midway through last year. The Chiefs then scooped him up and well… Here we are now.

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Avant didn’t have any touchdowns last year (in fact none of the Kansas City receivers did), but he did add a veteran presence to the team. He finished his five games as a Chief with 13 receptions for 152 yards with a long of 41 yards.

Yes, there’s the Andy Reid connection and the fact that Avant played with Maclin during their days in Philadelphia together, but obviously there are some concerns. He’ll turn 32 on Monday, which could be a reason not to start him. Now I’m not saying that age is a huge factor, as there are several receivers in the league who are still dominate well into their 30s, but it is something to take into consideration.

The Chiefs just let go of Dwayne Bowe and he was a year younger than Avant. Is it a good idea to have your “next man up” be a year older than the guy you just let go of?

As of now though, Jason Avant is probably the team’s best bet.

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