That decision was a show of faith in their other starter, Albert Wilson. The Chiefs got a peek at Wilson’s ability over the last four games of last season when he forced his way into their lineup after joining them last year as an undrafted rookie.
They were encouraged by what they saw. Wilson caught 16 passes last year, 12 in those last four games.
More importantly, Wilson averaged a team-leading 16.3 yards per catch, an impressive statistic on a team that otherwise struggled to get long pass plays.
That end-of-season playing time helped the Chiefs believe Wilson belonged. But it also helped Wilson believe that too.
“It makes me more comfortable being on the field,” he said. “It makes me attack more. Me being out there and having some playing time last year, I know what to expect. I’m able to play faster.”
The Chiefs had a fifth-round grade on Wilson last year. The reason he went undrafted is that he’s far below optimum size for a wide receiver at 5-foot-9. Shorter receivers can be difficult for quarterbacks to find. They tend to get lost in a clutter of bigger bodies, something Wilson will have to overcome, the story concluded. Wilson is just 97th on our list, but the story said he will be a starter. Chief WRs didn't record a TD last season with all of those going to TEs and RBs, but the hope is that changes this year. We do have Chris Conley ranked higher than Wilson, coming in at 76th.