Kansas City Chiefs: Chiefs Young Wide Receivers Poised For Big Roles

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Kansas City Chiefs have invested heavily at wide receiver the past couple of seasons, especially in young players.

Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey has made it a point of emphasis to rebuild the Chiefs wide receiver corps.  Dorsey’s biggest investment was obviously in star wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.  However, the true focus of this rebuilding effort has been in young players.  That is especially true at wide receiver.

Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, DaRon Brown, Tyreek Hill, and Demarcus Robinson.  Don’t be too surprised if those are the names that round out the Chiefs depth chart at wide receiver behind Jeremy Maclin.  Nope, not Rod Streater and Mike Williams.  Instead, it will be a group of guys all under three years of NFL experience.

That might worry some of you.  In a lot of ways, it probably should.  However, this is not altogether unexpected.  For the most part, fans and pundits expected the Chiefs to come into the 2016 season with some combination of Maclin, Wilson, and Conley making up a big portion of the wide receiver corps.  DaRon Brown figured to be in the mix as a depth option.

With the draft additions of Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson, that essentially rounds out the group.  The only reason there is any discussion to this matter is because the Chiefs also added veterans in Rod Streater and Mike Williams.

However, Chiefs fans need to look past those names and see what is taking place on the practice and preseason fields.  What is playing out there is a storyline that should be very encouraging for Chiefs Kingdom as it shows us that these young wide receivers are stepping up into their roles and are providing a promising foundation for the future of this franchise.

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