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Chiefs receivers remain a mystery after 1st preseason game

The Chiefs failed to develop any real idea of an order at wideout during the Saints game.


One game into the Kansas City Chiefs preseason schedule, and the team is no closer to figuring out its depth chart or talent base at wide receiver. At least on the surface.

No one among the team's assumed big three at the position -- Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Jon Baldwin -- registered even a single target for Andy Reid's offense versus the New Orleans Saints. Instead, it seemed the offense was trying to figure out how best to utilize the tight ends, running backs and the versatility of players like Devon Wylie and Dexter McCluster.

There's no reason for any level of worry here. The Chiefs have to figure out what they have in new personnel all over the field. A new set of coaches must see how guys fit into various slots, determine what their strengths and weaknesses are. Game one provided a lot of that among those aforementioned units, especially on special teams.

However, the receivers are still waiting their turn. Alex Smith had no problem targeting guys trying to make the roster to give them a chance to make plays. Rico Richardson led the Chiefs offense with six targets. Devon Wylie had a couple of chances and made the most of them. Even Frankie Hammond had a catch and two targets.

For those concerned with the pecking order at wide receiver and who would file in opposite Dwayne Bowe, the first preseason game gave us no more clues than we had before. Can Jon Baldwin ever break out? Can Donnie Avery settle in with the offense? Will any other receivers begin to step up and make others take notice? There's enough playmakers at other positions for the situation to avoid being classified an "emergency", of course, but it'd be nice for some of the questions to be answered.

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