The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver corps endured a massive blow. Jeremy Maclin suffered a groin injury Tuesday during practice. Other guys must step up while he’s gone.
It seems as if the injury to Jeremy Maclin isn’t severe but it might cause him to miss the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.
Maclin amassed 87 receptions for 1088 yards and eight touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He is the key cog of this offense. Without him, the season could be over before it starts.
No other wide receiver on the team comes close to the numbers Maclin has put up during his six year career. The KC Chiefs go as far as quarterback Alex Smith and Maclin take them.
A good example of life without Maclin, came during the divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots last season. The receiver suffered the injury during the Wild Card victory vs. the Houston Texans the week before. He re-aggravated the injury in the game against the Patriots.
He got sidelined during the game due to an ankle injury. He couldn’t play most of the game. The KC Chiefs lost a close game 27 to 20 and got kicked out of the playoffs ending the 2015 season.
The first team offense will have to make an adjustment without the number one wide receiver out there. The offense will be tested against a solid Rams defense. Los Angeles can get pressure on the quarterback and cause him to throw balls early.
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All of the players listed above have shown flashes of talent during Training Camp for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Training Camp isn’t a real game and doesn’t simulate a real game as well as the actual game does.
Facing defenses the player isn’t familiar with gives the coaching staff an idea if the player can learn how to attack defenses or not. It also shows if a player can adjust well to different match-ups and still make plays.
The next three preseason games will be critical for the KC Chiefs offense. Alex Smith must build chemistry with the other wide receivers on the roster. Timing and comfort are a huge part of an offenses’ success.
The KC Chiefs must find another wide receiver to play well outside of Maclin. If the team cannot find a guy, the team will become to run oriented and one dimensional causing the offense a setback.
Hopefully Maclin will return soon. The KC Chiefs need him to be a viable Super Bowl contender this season. Get healthy soon, Jeremy.