From the FanPosts -Joel
Let's get this out of the way. Dwayne Bowe's performance in 2013 (57 catches, 673 yards, 5 touchdowns) was bad. Bowe's stats are doubly disgusting; not only are they his worst single-season stats ever, but this disappointing performance came after signing a grotesquely large contract.
$56 million over five years makes sense for a handful of wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall / Alshon Jeffery (yes, put together), and 2010 Dwayne Bowe. The Bowe we got in 2013 looked like a very solid #2 receiver. If he had been a veteran free agent pickup on a small contract, Chiefs fans would have been thrilled.
But it would seem that Bowe is poised to do big things in 2014. Having hired a personal trainer and nutritionist, Bowe reported to OTAs, he says, at around 210 pounds. Whether or not that weight loss will translate to greater speed and explosiveness is yet to be seen. However, this does show that Bowe is dedicated to improving himself as a football player. Hopefully he will show us that old dogs can, indeed, learn new tricks.
Most telling, though, is the multitude of tweets coming from members of the media present at Chiefs OTAs. Last summer, the buzz was that Jamaal Charles was going to be catching a lot of passes. Here's an article about it. The biggest development in practices, it seemed, was that Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles were developing a rhythm. Here's another article, talking about how Jamaal was going to prove super versatile (he is).
This summer's OTA story line is ... different.
I don't know how to embed tweets to show you (and I would certainly not be mad if you did so in the comments below), but a huge percentage of the tweets we're seeing out of OTAs -- apart from obligatory stuff like "Alex Smith is accurate", "Dontari Poe just picked up a tank and threw it to the moon", "Jamaal Charles just juked an entire defense out of its socks", etc -- are about Dwayne and Alex forming a bond.
While I'm not saying that Bowe is going to become the Jamaal Charles of wide receivers (unless you want to, Dwayne, that would be nice), there is a possibility that these are more than OTA rumors -- that indeed Bowe and Smith's developing connection will boost 82's stats as well as the productivity of this team.