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Week 1 vs. SD
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 4 targets
If this is what a less than 100% Dexter McCluster can do than the league should take notice. McCluster didn't touch the ball much (likely due to his slight injury), but when he did he had the look of a player who could take it to the end zone at any moment. Dexter caught a short pass in open space inside the 10 and would have taken it in if not for slipping on the rain soaked field. His real damage took place on a 94 yard punt return TD in the 2nd quarter. Look for McCluster to be used more (hopefully) in the coming weeks.
Week 3 vs. SF
Rushing: 2 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 69 / 1 on 3 targets
McCluster's first touch went for a first down, on a handoff out of the Wildcat formation. He then converted a 4th & 1, and showed his athleticism, taking a short catch for a 31-yard TD. On that play, he shed the first tackle and avoided three more defenders to get into end zone. For a short period, it was just the McCluster Show: short catch, long catch, handoff --- you name it, he was involved. As a receiver, he did a great job getting to the ball in coverage. And late in the game, reminded everyone how good of a returned he is, taking a punt back to midfield with ease.
Week 5 vs. IND
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 4 targets
McCluster had a spectacular sideline catch and also converted two first downs on touches for the Chiefs, but his story is quickly becoming one of underutilization. He has the potential to make an impact with enough touches, but they are unlikely to come without a rash of injuries to KC skill players.
Week 6 vs. HOU
Rushing: 2 / 27 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 13 / 0 on 4 targets
McCluster continues to be used sporadically by the Chiefs. They clearly choose to use him in specific situations where they think he can get the ball in open space. On Sunday, he ran one reverse, one draw play, and caught four short passes on designed screens. He accounted for 40 total yards on 5 touches but only appeared to be a threat to score on one play, a twenty yard pickup on a reverse around the left end. McCluster also continues to return kicks for the Chiefs.
Week 7 vs. JAX
Rushing: 4 / 28 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 41 / 0 on 4 targets
Todd Haley called Dexter McCluster the "best route runner on our team", high praise for the rookie. He proved that Haley had a point as McCluster not only got involved in the passing game but also made his mark on the ground. McCluster looks like he is playing with a backpack rocket under his pads. He has the ability to make people miss in the backfield which he showed a couple of times on Sunday. He shows a toughness that belies his small stature when he runs between the tackles. He has the hands of a natural receiver. Most importantly, Kansas City know how to get the best out of his skills. On one play in particular, McCluster showed his incredible balance as he ran outside of his tackle, tripped slightly, but maintained his balance and evaded a tackler to get the first down. The things McCluster does cannot be taught. Expect him to be a staple of this offense for a long time.
Week 13 vs. DEN
Rushing: 5 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 25 / 0 on 3 targets
McCluster had a poor game statistically but made his presence well known on the football field and should have been more productive. McCluster ran the ball for over 50 yards on one play from an end around, but was negated by a hold which really hurt his day. McCluster has the quickness and change of direction to get open at will vs. defenders and he was able to convert some short passes into nice gains and find holes in the defense for Cassel to check down to. He did have a fumble late in the game which did not prove costly for the Chiefs, luckily for McCluster as it may have cost him playing time. The Chief's backfield is loaded but McCluster will find ways to touch the ball in every game and can play in the slot due to his quickness and threat as a receiver.
Week 15 vs. STL
Rushing: 1 / -4 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 4 targets
McCluster was tackled behind the line of scrimmage on his first touch and never really got going on offense or in the return game.
Week 16 vs. TEN
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 2 targets
McCluster only had a few receptions as well, however he is an exciting playmaker that the Chiefs are trying to get onto the field. If he can become a bigger part of things, the Chiefs offense will have the ability to simply be unstoppable, as there will just be too many weapons for defenses to cover.
Week 17 vs. OAK
Receiving: 1 / 15 / 0 on 7 targets
Dexter McCluster made a nice catch for 14 yards on a screen pass early on, showcasing his great open field agility and lateral quickness to avoid a couple of defenders. McCluster was not used much in the offense and perhaps an emphasis of next week's playoff game will be to get the ball in his hands more, because every time he touches the ball he can create plays.
Week 18 vs. BAL
Rushing: 2 / 5 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 17 / 0 on 4 targets
For a player who had just six touches for 22 yards, McCluster was involved in two of the most memorable plays of the game. The first was a short catch in the flat that was truly impressive. He did a great job of managing to hang onto the pass despite nearly being decapitated by S Ed Reed as McCluster turned upfield. Soon after that, McCluster made a huge gaffe when he fumbled the ball away after a hit by LB Ray Lewis. At the time of the fumble, the Chiefs were within one score of the Ravens but that turnover led to a field goal, and the Chiefs were never closer than two scores at any point the rest of the way.