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Has Richie James earned a bigger role in the Chiefs’ offense?

No. 17 could be the answer to Kansas City’s wideout woes.

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It is no secret the Kansas City Chiefs are still settling their wide receiver room.

Riding a rollercoaster of production through the start of the 2023 season, a primetime loss in Green Bay served as another low point — sending some to look for out-of-the-box solutions.

“We just didn’t make enough plays,” first-year Chief Richie James began Thursday in the locker room. “Then we had plays out there to be made… we just ain’t make them.”

James, who spent nine weeks on injured reserve nursing a knee issue, snagged one catch for 12 yards on two targets in the 27-19 loss to the Packers.

“It’s been frustrating sitting there watching… knowing in your mind that you can come and contribute,” James revealed. “But we’re here now, so it’s all about taking advantage of opportunities.”

With the up-and-down nature of the unit, some say James has earned additional opportunities. Logging just four offensive snaps against the Packers, James outgained fellow wideout Skyy Moore, who played 44 snaps in primetime, gaining just five yards.

“We’ll see,” James replied when asked flatly if he believes he’s earned more playing time. “I mean, you’ll see me out there, or you won’t see me out there. One of the things you have to see.”

James has recorded two catches for 18 yards across five targets through four games. But whether it’s himself, or another wideout, James says he’s preaching patience inside the wideout room.

“Just keep getting open,” he added. “That’s all we can do. Just keep playing hard. Keep working on the chemistry building with Pat (Mahomes)... keep working on our craft.”

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