In the aftermath of the trade that sent WR Jonathan Baldwin to the San Francisco 49ers for WR A.J. Jenkins, the Chiefs now have to figure out who the legitimate number two wideout will be opposite Dwayne Bowe. The first guy to get that opportunity will be Donnie Avery, a free agent acquisition earlier this offseason and a guy the Chiefs believed could step in and be a starter if the situation called for it. And that situation is now since Baldwin's time ran out with the Chiefs after he continued to remain unproductive.
A.J. Jenkins comes to KC after one year in San Fran, who drafted him late in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. But he will need some time to learn the new offense and get acclimated with his new team. So Avery steps in as the WR2 and the Chiefs seem to be happy and excited about his chances.
"We know A.J. is going to have to come in and learn, and we had to feel comfortable that Donnie was a legitimate starter," said head coach Andy Reid. "We felt that. We felt that when we brought him here, we felt that since he's been here that he can be a quality starter on our football team."
"I think he's had a great camp," said QB Alex Smith. "When he's had the opportunities, he's gone in there and made plays. He brings a different dimension to us, a guy who can really stretch the field."
Avery was a nice option in the slot last year for Andrew Luck and the Colts, reeling in 60 balls with just under 800 yards and three scores, including a game winning catch and run as time expired in Detroit against the Lions. He brings good speed to an already speedy offense and Andy Reid will have plays designed specifically for his playmakers.
With Jenkins coming in, Alex Smith mentioned how difficult it was for him to see playing time on the '9ers with guys like Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, and Randy Moss atop the depth chart. So as a first-round pick, Jenkins wasn't asked to do much out of the gate and struggled when given his chances. But now he'll sit behind some veterans in Kansas City while he grasps the big offensive playbook and learns from his peers. And Jenkins understands where he's at in this process.
"There are some things I can work on as far as my physical traits and my mental approach. But a fresh start, a new team, I'm feeling good, and I'm ready to go out and play some football."
For now, Avery will be the guy who gets the first crack at being a starting WR as the Chiefs need to find some production at that position from somebody not named Dwayne Bowe.
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