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.
Monday, August 11, 2014, 3:38pm
When the Kansas City Chiefs utilized offensive formations that featured at least three wide receivers last season, invariably Dexter McCluster was that first player off the bench as the slot receiver.
They may be able to pick and choose from a variety of candidates for that job this season. They range from traditional smaller, quicker players like Kyle Williams and rookies De'Anthony Thomas and Albert Wilson to a bigger receiver like Junior Hemingway.
All could make the roster and the Chiefs just might fill the departed McCluster’s role with any of several players, depending on their particular needs at the time.
Hemingway is an interesting candidate. He played some for the Chiefs last season in their multiple-receiver formations as a slot receiver, though at 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, he hardly fits the profile of the typical slot receiver.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 1:47pm
Kyle Williams and Frankie Hammond Jr. took advantage of their absence. Williams caught several catches, while Hammond had the play of the day. He caught a pass over the middle and then weaved his way through several defenders for the touchdown.
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49ers Kyle Williams is expected to open as the 49ers' No. 2 wide receiver. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he has been impressed with what he's seen from Williams, who sustained a season-ending knee injury last November. Williams did not play in any of the four exhibition games, but Harbaugh likes what he has seen in practices.
"He's had an extremely good camp," Harbaugh said. "(He's) getting better, getting faster. I think he's come back stronger and faster than he was before. That's so important when you're coming off a big injury to come back stronger and fitter than before. Because if you come back the same, there's a chance the same thing will happen.
"You notice that he's a better, stronger version of himself."
Friday, August 16, 2013, 8:01pm
Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams appear to be ahead of the 49ers' other wide receivers. Rookie Quinton Patton has been unable to catch passes during training camp due to an injury to the index finger on his left hand, but his spot on the roster is secure.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:56pm
No one has said when exactly Mario Manningham will return. However, he and Kendall Hunter both have been rehabilitating on a side field during practices. Hunter has been doing more -- cutting, pulling heavy chains, sprinting at full speed -- than Manningham, and Hunter still hasn't been cleared for practice. I realize their injuries are different - Hunter tore his Achilles' while Manningham had a torn ACL - and that could account for differences in their rehab routines. But it still seems as if Manningham has a few more steps to go before he can get back on the field.
As for stealing the No. 2 role ... Remember, Manningham never was the no. 2 receiver in New York. He came in on third downs, which was similar to his role with the 49ers last year. I'm not sure the 49ers see him (or Kyle Williams, for that matter) as an every-down type player. They are small guys, and their injuries last year only reinforce the concern that they can't withstand every-down pounding for 16 or more games. It's another reason to expect some sort of rotation at the position during the season.
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