Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm
Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin, out) has been ruled out for Week 5. Avery needs sports hernia surgery and is facing a multi-week absence. Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins and Frankie Hammond will platoon to replace Avery’s moderate production in Andy Reid’s offense.
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm
Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) was ruled out for Week 5. Avery needs sports hernia surgery and is facing a multi-week absence. Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins and Frankie Hammond will platoon to replace Avery’s moderate production in Andy Reid’s offense.
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:16pm
The Chiefs announced Thursday that No. 2 receiver Donnie Avery will miss the team’s game against San Francisco on Sunday with a core muscle injury, and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said third-year pro A.J. Jenkins will likely take his place in the starting lineup.
“That’s accurate to say,” Pederson said, when asked if Jenkins is the next man up at the position. “And as you’ve seen in the last couple of ballgames, we play a multitude of guys. But A.J. will get his opportunity.”
We aren't expecting much from Jenkins in a starting role, but it's a position to monitor as bye weeks continue to decimate starting lineups.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm
If the Chiefs ever need WR Donnie Avery to have a big game, it's on Sunday when they open the regular season against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium. Dwayne Bowe won't play because of his NFL suspension and the other four Chiefs wide receivers have a combined 21 career NFL receptions.
Avery is the most logical candidate. Frankie Hammond Jr., playing his first NFL game, will get a lot of the snaps that otherwise would go to Bowe. Junior Hemingway also figures to get a lot of playing time, but he missed most of the preseason with hamstring and hip injuries. A.J. Jenkins hasn't been of much help and Albert Wilson is an undrafted rookie also playing his first NFL game.
If experience means anything, Avery will be the go-to wide receiver Sunday for quarterback Alex Smith.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 2:02pm
For the first time since the Dick Vermeil era of the Air Coryell offense, the Chiefs just might have enough talent at the wide receiver position so that quarterback Alex Smith doesn’t fall into a deep state of depression when he steps up in the pocket and looks down field.
Dwayne Bowe is the unquestionable leader of the group, but Junior Hemingway also has emerged as a big, reliable slot target. DeAnthony Thomas already has proven to be an electrifying playmaker, whether the rookie’s taking a handoff or splitting out wide. And a group that includes Donnie Avery, Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins and Frankie Hammond Jr. has all had moments of brilliance.
With a potentially faster, more athletic group of wide receivers this season, Smith hopes to be able to stretch defenses and deliver the ball deeper down the field.
“Our whole receiver crew I think has done an excellent job and had a great offseason. They’ve kept it going in camp with the pads on,” Smith said. “Those guys come out and battle every single day. They get a lot of tough looks; they come out prepared and make a lot of plays.”
This is a bit of a fluff piece from the team's official website, but it's good to hear some positive comments about the receiving corps. If TE Travis Kelce can come along, Smith may have a better time pushing the ball downfield in 2014, and that should only serve to help his fantasy value.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:38pm
Washington, an undrafted rookie out of Missouri, fills a roster spot created by the corresponding release of wideout Jon Baldwin. The 49ers got Baldwin last Aug. 19 from the Kansas City Chiefs for A.J. Jenkins, in a swap of first-round busts; Baldwin was a 2011 top pick and Jenkins the 49ers' No. 1 choice in 2012.
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 11:10am
Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher on the team's WR situation: "There seems to be a lot of wishful thinking going on at the position. Maybe Dwayne Bowe will bounce back with a better season or Donnie Avery can be more consistent. Perhaps A.J. Jenkins, a former first-round draft pick with the San Francisco 49ers, can improve. It's possible CFL veteran Weston Dressler or speedy fourth-round draft pick De'Anthony Thomas can provide a boost. But from this vantage point it appears the Chiefs have a collection of players at this position who don't add up to much."
It is curious, however, that they declined to address receiver in free agency or the draft. In addition to Dwayne Bowe—Dorsey said he is in “magnificent” shape—the Chiefs maintained the status quo with Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins, Weston Dressler and Junior Hemingway. Dorsey’s OK with that, provided that 2013 third-round tight end Travis Kelce is healthy after missing nearly his entire rookie season following microfracture surgery on his knee.
“The way that group started to come on towards the end, and getting used to the offense, you could see that they were beginning to understand their roles and what they were supposed to do,” Dorsey said. “It’s going to be a collective effort. And the emergence of a Travis Kelce being able to stretch the field as a tight end, hopefully that weapon adds another element to the passing game. We took some nicks at the tight end position last year.”
The Chiefs currently have Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath ahead of Kelce on the depth chart, but Kelce is expected to make an impact coming off of microfracture surgery in 2013. He's a player to watch this offseason. If he has a good camp and can earn starter's snaps, he'll be a sleeper at tight end. The Chiefs are desperate for playmakers in the passing game.
Friday, February 21, 2014, 2:10pm
Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:49pm
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:40pm
Will Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith find Dwayne Bowe? The Chiefs have had Smith play it safe in the first two preseason games, and he’s hardly looked downfield. Bowe will command double coverage until someone, be it Donnie Avery, Devon Wylie or newly acquired A.J. Jenkins proves he can get open as the second receiver and stretch the defense. But not to have targeted Bowe yet in preseason doesn’t make a lot of sense.
While it would be nice to see Smith and Bowe hooking up with regularity, it is not terribly alarming that Smith hasn't targeted Bowe through two preseason games. Bowe is by far the team's best receiving option so the duo should get on track soon.
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