Chiefs need to play to Bowe's strength

The Chiefs gave wide receiver Dwayne Bowe a lucrative, long-term contract over the winter because they will again lean on him to carry their passing game. Bowe has done a nice job posting some solid receiving numbers the past two seasons while playing in a struggling passing attack, so he should be able to thrive in Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.

For Bowe to best lead the Chiefs’ passing game again, they need to play to his strength, which is his ability to run after the catch. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Bowe is difficult to tackle in the open field. Earlier in his career, the Chiefs used to frequently throw to Bowe on bubble screens and other quick patterns that allowed him to make yards after the catch.

In Reid’s offense, the Chiefs may be getting back to that.

“That’s a big part of our offense,’’ said Bowe, who during the offseason predicted he would lead the NFL in receptions and receiving touchdowns. “[Wide receiver coach David Culley] stays on us about catching and finishing. That’s where the big plays come in, taking those short passes and turning them into an 80-yard completion. It’s all willpower, all wanting to do it.’’