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Receiver Weston Dressler embraces special teams in his bid to make the Chiefs

07/21/2014 5:21 PM

07/22/2014 10:15 AM

Weston Dressler isn’t your ordinary NFL newcomer. After spending the last six years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a star receiver, the 29-year-old understands what it takes to be a successful professional football player.

“I’ve been playing football for a long time, so I’ve been through a lot of camps now,” Dressler said. “Obviously (this is a) different camp, different league and rules and different things like that, but I’ve played a lot of football so I know what camp entails and what you have to do to try and make a team.”

In Dressler’s case, the answer might be special teams. The Chiefs currently have 13 receivers on the roster and will likely keep no more than five — six if you count fourth-round playmaker De’Anthony Thomas.

That means versatility is a must for those final spots, a concept Dressler — who will compete with Junior Hemingway, Frankie Hammond and Thomas for the starting slot receiver role — embraces.

“The more you can do,” Dressler said, “the better chances you have to make the team. Whatever they want to ask me to do, I’m going to go out there and try and do it for them.”

That’s just one of the reasons Dressler said he worked as a gunner on the punt team during the Chiefs’ first practice Monday. Dressler is just 5 feet 7 and 179 pounds, but the coaches were light on players and Dressler was willing to show he was serious about his “whatever it takes” talk.

“I played a little bit of gunner in college,” said Dressler, who added that he also has experience as a holder on field goals. “I’m just trying to figure things out as much as I can and find a way to get on the roster.”

Dressler was hampered a bit by a hamstring injury during organized team activities, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Dressler showed a “natural” feel as a slot receiver when he was healthy. He could also factor into the mix on punt returns, as he averaged 9.9 yards on 92 returns during his CFL career.

But no matter where he plays, Dressler, who averaged 73 catches, 1,088 yards and seven touchdowns in the CFL — is hoping to catch Reid’s eye again.

“I feel great, I’m ready to go,” Dressler said. “I’m prepared to go through this camp.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TerezPaylor.

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