AFC West High Energy Player of the Week

September, 14, 2010
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It has to be Kansas City rookie Dexter McCluster.

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John Rieger/US PresswireDexter McCluster's punt return helped lead the Chiefs to a win on Monday night.
Because he is effective as a running back and receiver, McCluster has referred to his position as an OW: Offensive weapon. After one NFL game, McCluster should now be labeled an OW/STW. He’s a weapon on special teams as well.

McCluster, a diminutive second-round draft pick from Mississippi, provided the defining moment of Kansas City’s huge 21-14 upset of visiting San Diego in the second quarter during a driving rain storm. McCluster went 94 yards for a touchdown on a punt return. It was a franchise record.

Nice job, rookie.

The touchdown gave Kansas City a 21-7 lead, and it not only energized his team, but it fired up a soaking-wet crowd in the first regular-season game at the renovated Arrowhead Stadium.

McCluster benefited from big blocks on the front and back ends of his return. Yet, McCluster showed stunning breakaway speed. McCluster quickly outraced the coverage, sprinting down San Diego’s sideline on his way to the end zone.

Teams with upset designs look for these type of energizing plays, and McCluster delivered big time.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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