Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcus Robinson must live up to potential

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

After the Kansas City Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin, there is a big question about the receiving corps. Demarcus Robinson must live up to his potential.

The release of Jeremy Maclin has nearly every Kansas City Chiefs fan wondering what the team will put on the field at wide receiver. There is no question that the Chiefs have not proven that they have a reliable corps of weapons at the position. However, Demarcus Robinson is one player that has potential to step up.

At first glimpse, most people won’t expect much from Demarcus Robinson. The 2016 fourth round pick didn’t see much of the field in 2016. In fact, he only took five offensive snaps all season.  However, Robinson actually brings a lot of potential to the table. Scouts loved his athletic ability and ability to beat corners. It was his attitude that held him back.

However, Andy Reid has proven time and again that he understands how to reach guys with attitude issues. In fact, my guess would be that was the primary reason why Robinson was limited to Special Teams duty last season. The Chiefs put him in a position where he would have to prove his desire to get on the field.

During the 2016 preseason, Demarcus Robinson showed a lot of his promise. He was one of the better players on the practice field. Early reports from OTAs say that he is picking up right where he left off. If that’s true, then the Chiefs may have a new weapon that nobody in the league is ready for.

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Now, I don’t want anyone to get too worked up over this. I’m not calling for Demarcus Robinson to put up a 1000 yard and 10 touchdown season. However, I do think he could replace the production the Chiefs got from Jeremy Maclin last season. That’s not a lot, but it’s something…and it’s needed.

If the Chiefs can get a modest production from Demarcus Robinson, it sets the table for other players to build on. It isn’t unreasonable to expect improvement this year from both Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill. We just don’t want that improvement to be focused on recovering the lost yards from Jeremy Maclin.

In the long run, I have a lot of confidence in Demarcus Robinson. When the Chiefs drafted him, I immediately said that I believed he had the ability to be a solid #2 wide receiver in the NFL. If he can live up to that potential, it will give the Chiefs something they haven’t had in quite a while.

The Kansas City Chiefs were largely viewed as one of the best teams in the NFL this year. That will be challenged by the loss of Jeremy Maclin. However, the Chiefs are not without some potential weapons on their roster. They need someone to step up, and that guy needs to be Demarcus Robinson.