Dwayne Bowe losing weight, ready for a big year

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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.

36 responses to “Dwayne Bowe losing weight, ready for a big year

  1. His down year had more to do with Alex Smith’s inability to throw downfield. Check downs won’t help a player like Bowe look good.

  2. Dwayne Bowe is ready for a big year? Is this a headline from 2011? No, not 2011, I meant 2012? Scratch that, 2013? Bowe still kinda nice though, even though he ain’t gonna have a big year.

  3. Get ready for a lot of 5 yard passes, Dwayne.

    Alex Smith has a noodle arm like Andy Dalton.

  4. Had to lay off the BBQ huh buddy? Guess you were spending to much time with the lineman eating racks of ribs.

    Well glad that you’ll be in better shape. Hopefully that means more production but with Smith still at QB you won’t be catching a whole lot of balls unless you run a slant every play. Anything more than 10 yards down the field and you’re screwed.

  5. Alex smith didn’t check down in the second half of the season. He started throwing the ball downfield more and the offense opened up. I can’t wait to watch this offense this year

  6. Wait? You’re reporting that a player coming off a down year knows in his heart that he’s figured it out and this year he will finally (re)fill those expectations?

    Can’t wait for training camps to start that produce actual news….

  7. dabears2485 says:
    Jul 15, 2014 8:27 AM
    His down year had more to do with Alex Smith’s inability to throw downfield. Check downs won’t help a player like Bowe look good.

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    Alex Smith’s inability to throw downfield? Obviously you are a casual fan, cause there was plenty of downfield drops from Chief’s WRs when Smith put them in perfect positions to make the catch. But continue to buy what ESPN trys to sell.

  8. Smith is a good QB, (perfect QB for a time like oh i don’t know…the 49ers lmao) but he definitely is captain check down. Though he’s also one of those guys that takes more time to get comfortable. So while Bowe was marginalized last year I expect the Smith to improve his feel of the offense, i also expect the Chiefs to work in more plays that will utilize Bowe, given Smith’s style.

  9. After watching him for so many years, I can honestly say Dwayne Bowe is the most frustrating and wildly inconsistent Chiefs player I’ve ever seen.

  10. The Chiefs are going to be a tough team to beat this year. They have a much tougher schedule then last year, but i think they are going to give every team a run for their money. I’m guessing they’ll take another wildcard spot and finish second in the division behind Denver. I expect more of the same from the Chargers this year. Decent but unpredictable.

  11. Alex Smith doesn’t throw to WRs, so you can’t really blame Bowe, and it doesn’t matter what Bowe does either. Just look at the stats of WRs who have played with Alex Smith as a starter

  12. You Chiefs homers, Smith check downs ALL the time that’s why Bowe’s numbers stunk last year. He was doing fine with Matt Cassel who is worse than Smith. Unlike Smith though Cassel doesn’t just always check down. The fact is Smith is averse to taking risks and that kills values of guys like Bowe. Having Bowe on my fantasy team last year I’d watch a lot of KC thinking Reid coming in, WR gonna have a big year, not exactly. There was at least six or seven plays a game last year when Smith had Bowe beyond 10 yds but would check down to Junior Hemingway, Donnie Avery or Jamal Charles. As long as your QB is Alex Smith, you as WR will have mediocre numbers. That’s fact. On the other hand if you’re a TE Alex Smith is a godsend.

  13. Last years stats were skewed because his targets were way down. He’s been a consistent 1000 receiver his entire career. If the second half of last season was any indication, he’ll be a 1000 yard receiver again this year, plus.

    You’ll be hard pressed to find a guy that can run over defenders after contact as well as Bowe does. He’s not a field stretching WR, he’s a bully that roughs up DB’s.

  14. Bowe is a mental case. He takes off plays that don’t involve him. His low numbers were his own fault not Smiths. Bowe needs to be open before Smith can get him the ball. None of the Chiefs receivers last season created any separation.

  15. mrgdawg says:
    Jul 15, 2014 12:07 PM
    Bowe is a mental case. He takes off plays that don’t involve him. His low numbers were his own fault not Smiths. Bowe needs to be open before Smith can get him the ball. None of the Chiefs receivers last season created any separation

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    Bowe is the best blocking WR in football. That’s hardly taking plays off. He also doesn’t need to create separation. He goes and gets the ball as well as anyone. Go ask the Colts if any Chiefs receivers create separation. They got torched.

  16. ^^^^Yes you are, Bowe is over rated for sure but the MOST over rated?? Have you heard of Johnny Football?

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