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Could the Chiefs really have a top-five receiving corps this year?

New, comments analyst Bucky Brooks says yes. What do you think?

NFL dot com analyst Bucky Brooks recently posted an article on the league’s top five receiving corps for the upcoming 2018 season.

And yes, you guessed it. We wouldn’t be bringing it up if the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t appear on the list. Here were the rankings:

  1. Minnesota Vikings (WR Adam Thielen, WR Stefon Diggs, WR Kendall Wright, TE Kyle Rudolph)
  2. Atlanta Falcons (an unhappy WR Julio Jones, WR Mohamed Sanu, WR Calvin Ridley, TE Austin Hopper, WR Justin Hardy)
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers (WR Antonio Brown, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, TE Jesse James)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Chris Conley)
  5. Cleveland Browns (WR Josh Gordon, WR Jarvis Landry, WR Corey Coleman, TE Darren Fells)

Here were the comments from Brooks on the Chiefs specifically:

Before you @ me about the Chiefs’ spot on this list, you should check out the ridiculous big-play production their “Big Three” has amassed over the past two years: Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins have combined for 69 receptions of 20-plus yards and 35 touchdown catches. While those numbers are somewhat stymied by Watkins’ scattershot output over the past two seasons (13 20-plus yards catches and 10 touchdowns in 23 games), it is important to note that he tallied 32 receptions of 20-plus yards and 15 touchdowns during his first two NFL campaigns. Thus, it is quite possible that he re-emerges as a big-play threat in an Andy Reid system that showcases explosive receivers, particularly those playmakers with speed and RAC (run after catch) ability. With three potent playmakers on the field at all times, the Chiefs’ receiving corps could become the next unit to boast a trio of 1,000-yard pass catchers in a single season.

I like Brooks’ points.

Hill, Kelce and Watkins can be stars in their own right, but now that they will be in the same system together, the sky is the limit. One item of note Brooks fails to mention is the additional impact running back Kareem Hunt could have on the receiving corps as well.

Hunt spoke about how he was “catching the ball more and running a lot more routes” back in late May, and this is already a player who put up 455 receiving yards in his rookie campaign.

Mid-June, or the dead period, is no doubt hype season, but I would tend to think that Brooks is right about the Chiefs.

What do you think?


Based upon total receiving yards, will the Chiefs’ receiving corps (WRs and TEs) finish in the NFL’s top five this season?

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