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McCluster the Chiefs' odd man out

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By Eli Kaberon

By adding WR Steve Breaston and FB Le'Ron McClain, the Chiefs will have the ability to have a much more wide-open offense than they did a season ago. Breaston gives the team a legit slot receiver who can burn opponents deep with his terrific speed, and McClain is a bruiser who will aid the running game both as a blocker and runner. Each skill set will add to a Chiefs offense that was fairly one-dimensional in 2010.

The arrivals of the two veteran free agents is good news for the offense, but not so much for Dexter McCluster. The second-year pro was expected to be the team's third wideout while also seeing time in the backfield as a running back. Breaston's signing pushes McCluster down the WR depth chart, and McClain's arrival means fewer carries are available in the running game.

We hear Chiefs coaches are still high on McCluster, who has game-breaking ability with the ball in his hands. The problem is that at his size (5-8, 170 pounds), it is tough for the team to count on the 2010 second-round pick to be an every-down player. Expect to see McCluster get some touches both as a receiver, runner and return specialist, but not as many as the team had planned before the free-agent signings. 

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