The Chiefs’ surprisingly strong 2013 season was all the more surprising because one of the most talented players on the roster, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, had a down year. Bowe caught just 57 passes for 673 yards, both totals the lowest of his career other than his suspension-shortened 2009 season.
But this year Bowe says he’ll be back to Pro Bowl form because he’s in better shape than ever. Bowe says he’s currently weighing in at 212 pounds, down more than 10 pounds from his playing weight last year, thanks to tough workouts and a diet of fish and vegetables.
“I made the initiative to be in better shape,” Bowe told USA Today. “I’m getting older, and talking to the old vets, the only way you last longer is to be in better conditioning. I took that to the heart and am training extremely hard this year.”
Bowe said he expects to be featured heavily in the Chiefs’ offense, including going in motion before the snap on a lot of plays, and he knows he needs to be in good cardiovascular shape for that.
“I’m moving around, doing lot of motion, so I want to be as fit and in as good a shape as possible,” Bowe said. “I feel lighter, and it’s definitely because of what I’m eating and how I’m treating my body. That’s the main reason why I’m feeling so explosive.”
Getting a better year out of Bowe will go a long way toward getting the Chiefs back to the playoffs.