Breaking down Kansas City's receivers

August, 20, 2012
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With Dwayne Bowe starting to practice this week after ending his holdout, the Kansas City Chiefs have a deep receiving group. Let’s take a look at how it could shake out.

1. Dwayne Bowe

Best-case scenario: Bowe quickly catches up with his teammates and learns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s system and continues to be the No. 1 receiver he has been.

Worst-case scenario: Bowe suffers a muscle-related injury, fails to grasp Daboll’s system and does not make an immediate impact.

2. Jon Baldwin

Best-case scenario: Baldwin continues to develop at a rapid pace and becomes a reliable NFL starter.

Worst-case scenario: Baldwin takes a step back and shows he’s not ready to start.

3. Steve Breaston

Best-case scenario: Breaston continues to be an underrated receiver and, playing behind Bowe and Baldwin, makes a huge impact as a slot receiver.

Worst-case scenario: Bowe or Baldwin suffers an injury and Breaston fails to make a big impact as a starter.

4. Dexter McCluster

Best-case scenario: McCluster settles into the receiver position in his third NFL season and utilizes his natural skills.

Worst-case scenario: McCluster still doesn’t show he is ready to be an impact rotational player.

5. Devon Wylie

Best-case scenario: The fourth-round pick shines as a returner and occasional receiver.

Worst-case scenario: The game proves to be too big for him as a rookie and he doesn’t play much.

6. Terrance Copper

Best-case scenario: A favorite of the team, Copper continues to be a special-teams ace and occasional receiving target.

Worst-case scenario: Copper gets hurt and falls out of the rotation.

Others to watch:

Junior Hemingway, Josh Bellamy.

Why: The team likes the rookies, but there likely won’t be any room for them. Both could be bound for the practice squad.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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