Fab Four: Kansas City Chiefs’ developmental players

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No matter how you view the Kansas City Chiefs offseason thus far, the undeniable fact is that this team has lost much more than it has gained in free agency. After losing six starting caliber players–all who played a role in Kansas City’s success last season–the reality of the situation is that next seasons success relies not on the offseason additions that are made, but Andy Reid and his coaching staff’s ability to further develop in-house talent.

After scanning through the bottom half of Kansas City’s roster, there doesn’t seem to be too much to work with. But, if John Dorsey picked up anything at all after working with Ted Thompson in Green Bay for nearly two decades, it’s the ability to spot talent where others do not. Kansas City’s roster still contains major flaws and the folks at Chiefs headquarters have a lot of work to do before putting a team on the field in September. But, the answers to some of the questions that lie along the Chiefs depth chart may already be on the roster. They just need to be given opportunity.

Jenkins

4. A.J. Jenkins, Wide Receiver

After the San Francisco 49ers sent A.J. Jenkins packing one year removed from selecting him in the first round of the draft, many suggested that the 49ers were ridding themselves of a lost cause. Although Jenkins’ time on the field in Kansas City has been limited, he showed major flashes of potential when given opportunities.

Jenkins’ big play ability was put on display last season when he caught two major third down conversions in games against the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts. The former first round pick possesses the ideal skill set for Andy Reid’s West Coast Offense, and ESPN reports indicate that ‘Big Red’ has high hopes for the former 49er.

Jenkins’ strengths lie in crossing patterns and plays designed to get him the ball in the open field. His blazing speed will help open up running lanes for Jamaal Charles, as well. The potential is there for AJ Jenkins. Now, it’s time for Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ coaching staff to turn that potential into production.

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  • jd

    I have supported the Chiefs since they came to KC. Building through the draft is great but you have to hang on to those you draft if they can play. KC is always rebuilding. Denver can and has for years been able to do what KC can’t. I understand the optimism of youth but think about the reality. KC is always rebuilding. I will remain a Chiefs fan but a close review of the history, Since 1971, will reveal very poor management with the exception of the Marty years. If your building through the draft you don’t lose your high draft picks to other teams. Otherwise your always rebuilding.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, it hasn’t worked in the past, but they haven’t had this form of stability from top to bottom since Vermeil’s era, and really hadn’t had it too often before that either. Dorsey’s era will be different.