The Redskins signed Veteran WR Bobby Wade. Wade has played seven NFL seasons for four teams, compiling 244 catches for 2,858 yards and nine touchdowns, while also returning punts and kickoffs. The 29-year-old Wade played for Kansas City last season, catching 36 passes for 367 yards and two TDs.
After a very slow start, Chiefs wide receivers have given the team more in terms of catches and yardage in recent games. Dwayne Bowe’s two biggest games have come in the last month, while two recent additions, Chris Chambers and Lance Long, each had a big game two weeks ago in Jacksonville.
All of that could change without Bowe, who leads the Chiefs with 33 catches and four touchdowns. Without Bowe, Kansas City’s leading receiver is not a wide receiver but a running back, Jamaal Charles, who has 21 catches.
Bobby Wade, who with 20 receptions is the second-leading wide receiver, was inactive the last two weeks after the Chiefs acquired Chambers and promoted Long to their top slot receiver.
“It will be an opportunity for Bobby Wade to get back into the mix,” Haley said. “He’s been working hard waiting for another opportunity, and he’ll get one this week.
“It was not anything to do with his ability. It was more of a roster thing two weeks in a row. It was a tough decision. He was the last guy (out). Somebody’s got to sit.”
Apparently frustrated with a lack of progress from the Cheifs wide receivers, coach Todd Haley has made another staff change, replacing position coach Dedric Ward with Richie Anderson.
Anderson joined the Chiefs this year as a member of the NFL’s minority coaching fellowship program. A former NFL running back, he helped coach the wide receivers for the Jets in 2006.
Ward is still coaching for the Chiefs, but Anderson was running the receiver drills during the media portion of practice Thursday.
“Coach Haley and everybody involved in the decision making are trying to find a way to get things right,’’ wide receiver Bobby Wade said. “Richie’s been helping out for us. He’s been in our position meetings and at practice anyway. Dedric Ward’s still out there helping. So I think it’s more of a change for the coaches than for us. It’s not a drastic thing for us as players. It has more to do with how (Haley) wanted to see things done.
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe remained hobbled Friday by a leg injury, and coach Todd Haley said Bowe would be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.
If Bowe misses the game or isn’t 100 percent, Haley said, Kansas City’s other receivers would be expected to pick up the slack for their playmaking teammate. In the Chiefs’ first two regular-season games, Bowe has nine catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
“Just like anytime somebody gets injured or misses or isn’t full speed,” Haley said, “somebody is going to have to step up and play.”
Bobby Wade, who was signed last week and caught six passes against Oakland, is listed as the Chiefs’ other starting receiver, opposite Bowe.