Camp to-do list: Identify WR threat beside Jeremy Maclin

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- I’m starting a series here looking at the key items the Kansas City Chiefs need to accomplish at training camp. The Chiefs begin a three-day rookie camp on July 29 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph with full-squad practice scheduled to begin on Aug. 1.

The Chiefs need to identify at least one wide receiving threat beside Jeremy Maclin.

Philadelphia Eagles, is a good start.

But Maclin can’t be the Chiefs’ only productive wide receiver. His impact will be diminished if the Chiefs don’t develop at least one threat to take some pressure off him.

The Chiefs have shown an extraordinary amount of faith in Albert Wilson, the other starting wide receiver. Wilson, an undrafted rookie last season, earned playing time late in the year and responded with 16 catches and a team-best 16.3-yard average. The Chiefs believe Wilson, who is only 5-foot-9 but fast, can be a capable No. 2 wide receiver.

If they’re wrong, the Chiefs don’t have many other options. They have some other hopefuls, including rookie Chris Conley. The Chiefs drafted Conley in the third round from Georgia thinking he would be a developmental prospect but he played well in offseason practice, sparking hope he might be ahead of schedule.

The Chiefs also have Jason Avant and De'Anthony Thomas, but look at them mostly as slot players who will enter the lineup mostly when the Chiefs use extra-receiver formations.