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Chiefs offensive coordinator explains what team is looking for in a receiver

Albert Wilson (8) is in a fight for one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver roster spots.
Albert Wilson (8) is in a fight for one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver roster spots. The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs have 13 receivers on the roster, a number that will obviously be pared down by Aug 26, which is the first cutdown day.

On Monday, Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson explained what the coaching staff is looking for in the receivers who will eventually make the 53-man roster.

“Well, first of all, they have to understand our offense, number one,” Pederson said. “We move them around so much. Dwayne is not always on the outside, he’s on the inside. Tight ends are not always inside, they are outside — same with running backs. So you look for the mental capacity and how much they can handle.”

That’s not all, of course.

“In the National Football League, you have to defeat bump-and-run first and foremost,” Pederson added. “And then can they sustain down the field — meaning blocks, routes, top routes, creating separation and understanding coverage. Those types of things create a receiver that we can use in this system.”

The Chiefs have a number of receivers competing for a spot on the roster. Assuming veterans Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery make the team, Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins, Albert Wilson, Frankie Hammond and veteran Kyle Williams appear to being getting the most reps in practice and are battling for the next three or four spots.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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