Dexter McCluster On The Competition In The Chiefs Backfield

The Kansas City Chiefs used a second round pick on Dexter McCluster in the 2010 NFL Draft and in that first season he was used him as a receiver. In his second season, he was moved to running back, which he expects to continue this season. In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chiefs drafted another running back -- Cyrus Gray in the sixth round -- and another receiver -- Devon Wylie in the fourth round.

Add that all up and it makes you wonder how secure McCluster is entering the third year of his career. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, McCluster was asked if he felt pressed for his job.

"Not at all. Great, key players were added to our roster. Experience for [Hillis] at running back, six years, I believe. He has experience and knowledge of the game. It's my responsibility to go out there and get better, get myself better and help the team. Whatever way that fits in is how it's going to be, but I never feel threatened. I just want to go out there and be the best player I can be to make sure I do play a role in this offense."

McCluster's receiving ability improved from 2010 to 2011, partially because he was able to stay on the field last season. McCluster had 114 carries last year for a solid 4.5 yards per carry but that was when Jamaal Charles was injured and Thomas Jones' skills were declining. Can he expect that many carries this year? I'd doubt it.

But I still wonder about his status because of the other players on the roster. You have Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis and Cyrus Gray at running back next season. Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Devon Wylie and Jonathan Baldwin at receiver.

I'm not ready to predict McCluster will be cut or anything like that but his status will be one I keep an eye on as we near training camp.

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