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Chiefs' McCluster shining on multiple fronts

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By Michael Blunda

One of the Chiefs' biggest concerns with 2010 second-round pick Dexter McCluster could be figuring out where not to play him. The way we hear it, McCluster has impressed so much in practices and exhibition games that multiple coaches have asked that he be a part of their unit. Playing primarily running back during his days at Mississippi, the diminutive speedster was initially listed as a wide receiver by Kansas City but has spent a majority of his preseason handling carries in the backfield. He also has been used as both a kickoff and punt returner. Considering McCluster is just 5-8 and 170 pounds, head coach Todd Haley knows he has to be careful about how much he deploys the rookie, so figuring out the best times to use him will be one of the club's early-season challenges. With the backfield being one of the Chiefs' strengths, McCluster figures to get most of his touches on receptions and in the return game.

 

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