May 232012
 

The Chiefs selected Dexter McCluster in the 2nd round in 2010 to be an elite return man and a dynamic offensive player capable of lining up at multiple positions and scoring from anywhere on the field. However, like many gadget players, he has become none of those things. He’s averaged less than 21 yards per attempt on kick returns and has only scored once in 2 years as a punt returner. Offensively, he has 67 career catches for 537 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as 114 carries for 516 yards and another touchdown.

The Chiefs are now moving McCluster from running back to his original position, wide receiver, after signing Peyton Hills, drafting Cyrus Gray, and getting Jamaal Charles back from injury. Another position move is not a good sign for a player who has yet to show himself as elite on special teams. As a receiver, McCluster would probably be nothing more than 5th on their depth chart behind Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin, Steve Breaston, and rookie Devon Wylie.

He’ll be squarely on the roster bubble heading into Training Camp and may need to beat out Javier Arenas for one of the two starting return spots to remain with the team. Arenas, a 2nd round pick the same year as McCluster, has been a better return man than McCluster over the past 2 years. Rookie Devon Wylie can also return both kicks and punts. I’d say it’s more likely that not that he’s cut.

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