Before the Kansas City Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin I saw this stat projection for the Chiefs receivers from NFL writer Mike Clay.
Tyreek Hill: 735 receiving yards, 3.9 TDs
Jeremy Maclin: 812 receiving yards, 4.1 TDs
Chris Conley: 270 receiving yards, 1.6 TDs
Albert Wilson: 102 receiving yards, 0.6 TDs
Now that Maclin is gone, how do those numbers change?
Everyone’s first thought is Tyreek Hill. Yes, he should benefit from more looks with Maclin out of the lineup. I’m curious how many more looks he will actually get. Tyreek was pretty dang effective last year playing half the snaps.
The next two names we think of are Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson, who isn’t even listed here. Robinson didn’t play any offense last year so he is a complete unknown but the Chiefs seem to like him. We’ve seen Conley play a lot more but like Robinson we’re still kinda waiting for that breakout season.
If we’re looking at these projections, the big winner after the release of Maclin is Conley. He had 530 receiving yards last year and now you take Maclin away? He should blow past 270 receiving yards in the first half of the season.