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Chiefs profile | Wide receiver Devon Wylie

08/14/2012 12:00 AM

05/16/2014 7:22 PM

Wylie, the Chiefs’ fourth-round draft pick from Fresno State, was selected with the hope he could help ignite the club’s kick-return game, and he nearly broke a punt return in the preseason opener against Arizona.

Wylie fielded one punt against the Cardinals and went 32 yards, setting up a third-quarter field goal. It was his only punt return of the game. Wylie ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 15.4-yard per punt return last season, including two touchdowns.

Wylie, who is backing up Dexter McCluster as the slot receiver, caught one pass for seven yards against the Cardinals. He caught 56 passes for 716 yards and a touchdown last season at Fresno State.

Q. What were your impressions of your first punt return?

“That was really fun the other night under the lights, getting to return some kicks. I got a chance to make a good play, and it’s given me confidence now and I see my punt returning getting better.”

Q. How quickly is everything coming along for you in the offense?

“The first game gave me a good glimpse of, OK, offensively I was able to run around, and my speed was good. But there is still technique and very small details that can make my game better. I’ve got work to do in that regard.”

Q. Was your first NFL game all you imagined?

“It was extremely fun and exciting. I was expecting myself to be a little nervous, but I wasn’t at all. Our coaches have done a great job of preparing us and getting ready for that game. You just let it loose and go out and focus and have a lot of fun.”

Q. When you walked out there, do you find yourself saying, ‘This is what I dreamed about? or you say, ‘I’ve got a job to do?’

“It’s a little bit of both. It’s a dream come true to be out there and play, but at the same time, I better do my job, or it won’t be fun.”

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