Friday, January 31, 2014
An ominous sign for McCluster
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Weston Dressler is 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds. He caught 70 passes for 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
He also returns kicks. Remind you of anyone of similar size who played for the Kansas City Chiefs the past few seasons? Somebody who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in a few weeks?
It’s being reported in Canada that Dressler intends to sign soon with the Chiefs. If he’s not the intended replacement for the 5-foot-8, 180-pound McCluster, then it begs the question: What could the Chiefs possibly plan to do with two small and similarly sized players with a very similar skill set? Use one of them to give some rest for nose tackle Dontari Poe?
McCluster has been a popular player for the Chiefs in his four seasons with Kansas City but that shouldn’t cloud the fact he hasn’t produced a lot for the Chiefs on offense. He is most accomplished for his work as a punt returner, having scored three touchdowns, two last year.
But he hasn’t delivered as a slot receiver. He has 172 career catches for 1,500 yards and five touchdowns.
Decent numbers but they also reflect the fact he hasn’t had much of a positive impact. Signature offensive moments from McCluster have been rare. Anything spring to mind from the past four seasons?
The Chiefs need to find impact offensive players to complement Jamaal Charles. Maybe Dressler can be that guy. Maybe not. But his stats from Canada -- in six seasons Dressler has 442 catches, 6,536 yards and 43 touchdowns -- suggest he’s worth a try.
That leaves no room for McCluster, unless the Chiefs plan to use him as a nose tackle.