After bouncing back and forth between slot receiver and running back as a rookie, Dexter McCluster’s role is becoming much more defined in his second season.
McCluster is still officially listed on the Chiefs roster as a wide receiver, but his primary offensive role will come at running back.
If anything, McCluster serves as more of a multi-task running back than a third-down back.
The downside to McCluster lining up as a running back is his 5-8, 170-pound frame limiting him in pass protection.
The only sack Matt Cassel suffered in Baltimore came when McCluster missed a cut block that allowed CB Lardarius Webb a free path to the quarterback.
McCluster is best when in open space and the Chiefs feel lining up at RB will give him the best opportunity. He shouldn't cut into Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones touches too much, but as we've seen from Haley you just never know his plan. Right now, though, McCluster probably isn't worth drafting in standard leagues as he should only get a few touches a game. As the story points out, not being able to help pass block will always keep a young RB off the field, especially on third down.