The Chiefs value versatility quite a bit. For depth reasons, GM Scott Pioli favors selecting guys that can do more than one thing. As Todd Haley has said before, you can only suit up 45 guys on gameday so players that can play multiple positions might receive a higher priority.
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Enter Dexter McCluster.
On Friday at the Chiefs minicamp, he did drills as a receiver. On Saturday morning, he was working with the running backs. By Saturday afternoon, he was returning punts.
Out of the 11 punt returns in the afternoon session, McCluster took six (Jackie Bates and Ricky Price took the others).
During 7-on-7 drills, he was a favorite target of tryout QB Bill Stull.
Don't mistake McCluster for some sort of Wes Welker clone. If he develops properly, he's so much more than that. It reminds me of what our new friends over at Red Cup Rebellion told me about him.
"Dex was truly the type of player who caused you to hold your breath every time he touched the ball because, seemingly no matter the situation, a big play was potentially in the making."
Todd Haley and Charlie Weis are creative guys when it comes to game-planning on the offensive side of the ball. They're going to have a lot of fun with McCluster.
He really can do it all.