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Kansas City Chiefs: Breaking down the release of Jeremy Maclin

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley
Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

Kansas City Chiefs Release Jeremy Maclin

Who Replaces Him?

Of course, the big question now for the Kansas City Chiefs is how to replace Jeremy Maclin. While his 2016 production wasn’t very good, it was still second best for all receivers on the team. The Chiefs do not have anyone on the roster who is undeniably better suited to be the team’s top outside receiver.

There are some potential options though. First and foremost is second year player Tyreek Hill, who exploded on the NFL scene last year. With his speed, hands, and ability in open space, he’s got a lot to offer. His lack of size may be a bit concerning, but small receivers have succeeded before under Andy Reid.

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Outside of Hill, the Chiefs top two options would appear to be Chris Conley and Albert Wilson. That is not an inspiring statement as neither has shown the ability to be a consistent performer. Conley was technically the #2 man last year, however he was certainly out-performed by Tyreek  Hill.

There are two big unknowns on the roster in Demarcus Robinson and Jehu Chesson. Robinson was a guy I was very high on when the Chiefs drafted him. I think he has the skills to be a solid receiver in the NFL. Chesson is a rookie mid round pick, however many analysts agree he would have gone higher if not for being injured this past year.

Honestly, there really isn’t an option on the roster right now to be too excited about.