Following Dan’s review of Cody Thompson and Jamal Custis the Arrowhead Guys sit down to discuss big-bodied wide receivers in Andy Reid’s offense.
Dan: I’ve seen one game of Thompson’s and I like him way better than Custis…
Anthony: Strange the Chiefs put such a priority on Custis.
Tyler: They’re gonna play him at CB…
/dons tin foil hat
Dan: I’m not sure, they must see something I don’t. It’s not like I hate him, I just don’t think he can get separation, lacks consistent burst, runs lazy routes…
Anthony: Oh then he definitely makes the team. Kelvin Benjamin replacement.
Dan: I feel like they want to utilize taller receivers but they can’t find one that runs routes very well. They didn’t use the only thing Conley was actually good for so I’m not sure.
Anthony: I think it makes sense. A tall WR with hands would be another dangerous addition to go after jump balls in the back of the endzone. Basically what we all hoped from Benjamin.
Dan: It’s not Reid’s type though and they didn’t use Benjamin properly either. He doesn’t fit this offense, but I think we might start to see a shift in Andy’s offense, especially if Hill isn’t on the team. They need to utilize more back shoulder, fade, and jump balls with bigger athletic guys to have a more unpredictable route tree in my opinion.
Anthony: I think it is Reid’s type, as he has tried to have a tall WR on the roster almost every year, they just haven’t developed or produced. Even going back to Philly he seldom was without a WR who wasn’t 6’2+ who could move the chains.
Dan: They haven’t had a good one in a long time.
Anthony: No they haven’t had a good one in a long time, but they’ve been trying to find that guy though. Bowe, Avant, Conley, Robinson…Yeah he likes the small speed guys to blow the doors off the defense, but a short yardage possession WR is something I think we’ve been sorely lacking to help with the clock eating drives that we’ve struggled with.
Tre: We have a big receiver. His name is Travis Kelce.
Dan: Not the kind I’m talking about. They need more athletic WR’s that are 6-2 and above.
Anthony: Good point Tre, but I think Andy wants 2 big targets. Its funny a few years ago everyone thought the evolution of the NFL was going to be the two-TE sets…and now here we are in a world where there’s barely 15 quality TE1’s in the league…
Tre: But bigger WR’s are contrarian now a days because the league is getting faster.
Dan: Those WR’s are also getting faster.
Anthony: I don’t know. List the top 10 WR’s in the league, most of them are over 6′.
Tre: But it’s easier to find aMecole Hardman than a DK…
Dan: No it’s not lol.
Anthony: Its really easy to find a tall guy who can’t cut…Sign me.
Dan: Hardman ran sub-4.3 if you discount the stumble. Was timed faster than his 4.33. Sub-4.3 guys are hard to find.
Tre: Hardman also runs track.
Dan: That’s not what you argued. DK and Hardman are rare types. Hardman, assuming he develops and the same as DK. Both can be very unique WR’s.
Anthony: I’m not even worried about elite speed from a tall WR. A 4.4 to 4.5 is perfectly fine as long as he knows how to run routes and use his length to shield the ball from defenders. But hands? He’s gotta have hands.
Dan: Yeah that’s what want too. High point specialist with route running. I’m sold.
Weigh in with your thoughts on the need for a tall wide receiver in the Chiefs offense.