With less than three weeks before the season opener, time is running out for the Chiefs to identify their starting wide receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe.
Free agent signee Donnie Avery will get the first shot at it after he was elevated to the starting X position on Tuesday in the wake of the trade that sent Jon Baldwin to San Francisco for A.J. Jenkins in an exchange of disappointing first-round picks.
“This is why I came here,” said Avery, a six-year veteran who caught a career-best 60 passes for 780 yards and three touchdowns last year at Indianapolis. “I love the offense. It’s a great opportunity for me to make plays … you have to take some of that pressure off Dwayne. With my speed and ability, I can do that.”
The story points out that Avery got off to a slow start, missing most of the offseason program due to a sprained ankle. Then he had to bide his time with the second unit while the club gave Baldwin every chance to justify its investment in him. With no more Baldwin, Avery is still pretty far down our list of receivers.