Roster analysis 2013 to 2014: WR

Here’s another installment of our detailed look at the Kansas City Chiefs roster by position with a determination whether they improved or not since the end of last season. Keep in mind that the Chiefs can continue to make roster moves and could make significant additions or subtractions before they arrive at training camp. But the bulk of the roster they will take to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph is intact.

We’ll continue here with the wide receivers.

End of 2013: Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster, A.J. Jenkins, Junior Hemingway.

Serious 2014 roster candidates: Bowe, Avery, Jenkins, Hemingway, Weston Dressler, Frankie Hammond, De'Anthony Thomas.

Analysis: This position was already a disappointment last year and trouble signs abound again. Bowe had what was statistically the worst full season of his career and he will be 30 in September. That’s not an age when many receivers make a leap in production. Avery had what for him was a typical season, so he probably won’t deliver much more. Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick, could have an impact as a slot receiver, but it’s not realistic to expect him to give more than McCluster did last season. The Chiefs are hopeful of a big jump from Jenkins, pointing to the big catch he had in the playoff loss to Indianapolis. It may happen, but it’s not wise for the Chiefs to count on it. Kyle Williams had knee surgery late last season, making it difficult to predict if he will make the roster or be able to contribute any time soon. But if he’s healthy in time, he could help.

Better or worse? Worse. The Chiefs lost McCluster, their second-leading wide receiver but didn't replace him with a proven commodity.