Skip to content

Chiefs to keep McCluster at running back

Kansas City's McCluster breaks away for a first down against Oakland in Kansas City, Missouri Reuters

The experiment of using Dexter McCluster primarily as a slot receiver seems over, at least for this season.

The Chiefs have used McCluster almost exclusively at running back throughout training camp, where he’s used in special packages behind Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.

For whatever reason, the team still lists McCluster at receiver on their official depth chart. But the 170-pounder just didn’t seem to pick up the position naturally and the Chiefs want to play to his strengths.

“There is a clear-cut vision for him right now,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said, via KCChiefs.com.

The Chiefs used McCluster as a third down back the other night, a role in which he was very effective.  Don’t be surprised to see him get a reasonable amount of playing time with the first unit, perhaps at the expense of Thomas Jones.

“The other night, that excited me,” Haley said. “Seven touches, to me it’s four or five runs and four or five catches and however many snaps that takes that doesn’t matter to me nearly as much as this guy clearly in space is a hazard to the defense.”

The Chiefs’ wide receivers don’t scare anyone as a group.  They need to get the ball in the hands of Jamaal Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki, and McCluster in order to threaten defenses.

Permalink 21 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Kansas City Chiefs, Rumor Mill, Sprint Football Live - Rumors
21 Responses to “Chiefs to keep McCluster at running back”
  1. Dirty D Fo says: Aug 22, 2011 1:37 PM

    eh, so what?

  2. motobus says: Aug 22, 2011 1:40 PM

    Tony Moeaki threatens defenses more than Dwayne Bowe?

  3. kchoya says: Aug 22, 2011 1:41 PM

    No, the Chef’s wide receivers don’t scare anyone. But Cassel did have 27 TDs last year throwing to Bowe and a bunch of nobodys at the WR position. So if Breaston can add a little, Moeaki continues to improve, Baldwin pulls his head out of his rear, and McCluster builds on last year, the passing game doesn’t need to set the world on fire with Charles & Jones carrying the load for the offense.

  4. Awol.West says: Aug 22, 2011 1:46 PM

    They have Bowe, Breaston, Baldwin, Moeaki, not too shabby, promising actually.
    Added weapons to a strong running game in Thomas Jones and Jamal Charles (or vice versa), and McCluster with versitility.
    Matt Cassel led the Patriots to 10 wins and missed the playoffs, but with a “weaker” team in KC last year made the postseason. This offense will be somewhat improved.

    The defense is a different story, but they are led by Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali whom had 15 sacks, and Eric Berry.

    Not a KC Chiefs fan, but I can see what they’re working with to contend for the division again (most likely with the Chargers).

  5. capslockkey says: Aug 22, 2011 1:48 PM

    “The Chiefs’ wide receivers don’t scare anyone as a group.”

    Dwayne Bowe says hello. But yeah, they had nothing beyond him last year. The addition of Steve Breaston should make a difference however.

  6. normswifevera says: Aug 22, 2011 1:51 PM

    Bowe? Breaston? Baldwin?

    Can’t threaten defenses? Really?

  7. hus10188 says: Aug 22, 2011 1:58 PM

    Imagine this guy being tackled by Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, or better yet Suh.

    He’s going to be on a few highlights this year…for being lit up.

  8. damnyoulinelliot says: Aug 22, 2011 2:05 PM

    Why Dexter as the third down back? He’s so brittle. Put Jones as third down back because he’s a ball of meat.

  9. malgorthewarrior says: Aug 22, 2011 2:23 PM

    “The Chiefs’ wide receivers don’t scare anyone as a group. They need to get the ball in the hands of Jamaal Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki, and McCluster in order to threaten defenses.”

    Mmmm very good football analysis. So you don’t think they should get the ball to their WR who led the league in touchdowns? You don’t think defenses feel threatened by Dwayne Bowe?

    Brilliant!

    I see you mentioned Tony Moeaki, a player with high potential who has no achieved any level that would “threaten defenses.”

    You must have mentioned him because Peter King told you he looked good in camp!

    Did you know Peter King works with famous people and drinks coffee and loves baseball? I do, because it’s all the self-absorbed joke talks about in his ‘football’ column.

  10. fcs34 says: Aug 22, 2011 2:31 PM

    Carefull, the last RB to squeeze Thomas Jones out now plays for the Bnegals and gets beaten by police on a regular basis.

  11. kchoya says: Aug 22, 2011 2:31 PM

    damnyoulinelliot says:

    Why Dexter as the third down back? He’s so brittle. Put Jones as third down back because he’s a ball of meat.

    —–

    Except that the Chiefs had a 8% success rate last year on third-and-short – usually running Jones or trying a stupid pass.

  12. broncobeta says: Aug 22, 2011 2:32 PM

    kchoya says:
    Aug 22, 2011 1:41 PM
    No, the Chef’s wide receivers don’t scare anyone. But Cassel did have 27 TDs last year throwing to Bowe and a bunch of nobodys at the WR position. So if Breaston can add a little, Moeaki continues to improve, Baldwin pulls his head out of his rear, and McCluster builds on last year, the passing game doesn’t need to set the world on fire with Charles & Jones carrying the load for the offense.
    —————————————–
    That’s like saying:

    “If Ryan Fitzpatrick cuts down on the INTs, if Donald Jones can add a little and if CJ Spiller pulls his head out of his rear, and Stevie Johnson builds on his last year the passing game doesn’t need to set the world on fire with Fred Jackson carrying the load for the offense.”

    Too many ifs equals too many losses.

  13. gottapoop says: Aug 22, 2011 2:57 PM

    Get your real chiefs news at arrowhead pride. The guys actually knows about the chiefs

  14. kchoya says: Aug 22, 2011 2:59 PM

    Big difference in degrees with the Chiefs-Bills analogy. The Chiefs were #14 in PPG last year. It doesn’t take a lot to get to #10, which would be a good goal. Buffalo, OTOH, was clear down at #28.

  15. jjackwagon says: Aug 22, 2011 3:10 PM

    “The Chiefs’ wide receivers don’t scare anyone as a group.”

    True, but individually you better be scared. Did you check Bowe’s numbers last year before you wrote this stupidity? AND he did it with no real threat on the other side. How is adding Breaston and Baldwin going to make the team less scary?

    Do tell?

  16. joshspangler says: Aug 22, 2011 3:43 PM

    I don’t think we have a scary WR group by any means – but as mentioned above in several comments, there are a few weapons out there. Losing Baldwin to being a dumbass in the locker room isn’t very helpful – but hey, if it gets his head outta his ass and shakes the diva persona, I’m cool with it.

    I don’t think you’ll see too much of Dex at 3RB position in the actual season. We’ve got Le’Ron McClain as well, who hasn’t been referenced. Yes, he’s more of a FB – but the dude has the toolkit to run as a HB as well.

    It’ll be an interesting year for sure – that schedule is pretty brutal. But ya know, if we want to be respected as a Franchise that is on the rise, we need to compete with the big boys and not live off a Division title when we were also playing the NFC West…

  17. Lucas says: Aug 22, 2011 3:52 PM

    The chiefs are getting better. Scott Pioli builds teams and doesn’t buy them. I believe in his system and the Chiefs have improved a lot in the few years he has been there. The Chiefs will be a better team this year with maybe a worse record because of the schedule. I truly believe by Pioli’s 5th year the Chiefs will begin to show they are contenders yearly.

  18. riverhorsey says: Aug 22, 2011 3:54 PM

    The Chiefs aren’t going to tell you anything for fact. If they say McCluster will only be used at running back you can bet you’ll see him split wide.

    And Charles had 600 yds receiving to go with 1500 rushing.

    When you see..
    Charles
    McCluster
    Bowe
    Breaston and
    Baldwin

    lined up against you, your defense is going to have problems.

  19. haleyistheman00 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:04 PM

    wow Bowe isn’t a threat …huh?

  20. gottapoop says: Aug 22, 2011 5:36 PM

    Thank you for all your breaking news stories. What would we do without knowing what position dex might play this year? I couldnt imagine

  21. sullijo1 says: Aug 23, 2011 3:17 PM

    Let’s see….here are some “Bowe stats” you’ve all been wanting….

    In a 10-6 win last year, at home, in a game where Matt Cassell threw 31 passes, against a 4-12 team, where he played the entire game….Bowe had……

    0 Catches for 0 Yards.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!