At one point in the offseason, there were rumors that the Kansas City Chiefs might not have any use for Dexter McCluster anymore. After a few seasons of moving between positions, the team acquired new faces like Cyrus Gray and Devon Wylie in the draft, guys who seemed to also serve in places that McCluster could have been. Thus it seemed like he was a potential candidate to be traded or even released.
However the team's second round pick has only excelled in Brian Daboll's offense so far. After a solid preseason and training camp, McCluster has come on strong in the 2012 campaign to lead the team in receiving yards after the first game.
McCluster says he's happy to have the stats under his belt, but it's hardly cause to celebrate. He's simply doing his job.
"It's always good to get a lot of passes, but it's my job to get open and it's my job to be in the right spot at the right time, and Matt really trusts me, so I'm thankful for it," said McCluster. "Coach Daboll, he's a great coordinator. He knows how to put his players in the right position. Like I said, I'm going to go out there and do what I'm coached, and if I get the ball, I do."
What does make him happier than anything is having a place on the roster at wideout rather than moving between wide receiver and running back.
"It feels good just focusing on one position," said McCluster. "My whole career, I've been bouncing around a lot, but right now, I'm solely concentrating on slot receiver and getting my technique better every day."