Chiefs move McCluster back to wide receiver

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Dexter McCluster has fallen well short of expectations inherent for a former 36th overall draft pick, and he appears to be undergoing another position change entering his third NFL season.

Per Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, McCluster worked “exclusively” at wide receiver during Monday’s OTA practice. The Chiefs tried McCluster at slot receiver in Charlie Weis’ offense two years ago, and it didn’t work. Moved back to tailback in 2011, McCluster got playing time only because injuries forced him to.

He has not earned a steady role in Kansas City’s offense.

According to Teicher, McCluster was first in line on punt returns at Tuesday’s workout. Special teams may be the only avenue left for McCluster to maintain a spot on Kansas City’s regular season roster.

He’s buried on the skill-position depth charts.

15 responses to “Chiefs move McCluster back to wide receiver

  1. If memory serves, McCluster fumbled away the opening kickoff in the very first game last season.

    Nice job, Mc!

  2. I don’t think he’s been as much of a bust as everyone else. He has a chance to explode every time he gets the ball. Just because the coaches have done a poor job of utilizing him doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.

  3. Yes, Dex fumbled the opening kickoff. But he got better as the year went on. He took a simple screen pass 45 yards to set up the game-tying TD late in the second game against Oakland, and he punked the whole Broncos defense in a 21-yard TD run in the finale against Denver.

  4. McCluster had about 1500 all purpose yards and more touches than anyone on the team. His per carry rush average was 4.5, the best on the team. Not bad for a 2nd year guy on an injury riddled offense.

    The guy can play all the receiver positions and tb. PFT is really not reading this situation v well, the guy has super value.

    And he is the senior return man on the team, I would expect him to be first in line for returns.

  5. yelix says:
    May 21, 2012 4:22 PM
    Yes, Dex fumbled the opening kickoff. But he got better as the year went on. He took a simple screen pass 45 yards to set up the game-tying TD late in the second game against Oakland, and he punked the whole Broncos defense in a 21-yard TD run in the finale against Denver.
    ++++++++

    yet they still finished last in the AFC West. Expect more of the same next year

  6. Send him on over. We always got a roster spot for a player with that kind of speed.

  7. Hey, that’s another great draft selection to go along with Dorsey, T. Jackson and now Poe. Nothing like getting 3rd round value for your 1st rounders and 5th round value for your 2nd rounders.

  8. If you really look, you’ll notice that Dex has actually done a very nice job with the chances he has been given… usually dumb play calls with pathetic blocking, on plays where defenses are keying on him.

    Put this guy on a functional offense and you have playmaker

  9. Dex is just fine. Having him work exclusively with WRs is no stretch. He’s a screen machine, even when it was over-called & defense knew it was coming. Expect to see him all over the place, including the end-zone against Denver, Oakland & San Diego…

  10. ashevillechief says: May 21, 2012 7:35 PM

    Expect to see him all over the place, including the end-zone against Denver, Oakland & San Diego…

    Shagging field goal attempts?

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