WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
HT: 6-2, WT: 220, Born: 9-21-1984, College: LSU, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 23
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Average draft position
Current as of June 11th. [Full ADP list]Overall: M Colston (47), H Nicks (48), Dwayne Bowe (49), M Ryan (50), R Mathews (51)
Position: M Colston (47-WR17), H Nicks (48-WR18), Dwayne Bowe (49 - WR19), E Decker (54-WR20), P Garcon (55-WR21)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of June 11th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: R Wayne (48), M Colston (49), Dwayne Bowe (50), R Mathews (51), D Amendola (52)
Position: R Wayne (48-WR17), M Colston (49-WR18), Dwayne Bowe (50 - WR19), D Amendola (52-WR20), E Decker (54-WR21)
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It wouldn't be difficult to argue that no one had a better offseason than Dwayne Bowe. He's upgraded at head coach, quarterback, WR2 and received a new contract to make him one of the top paid receivers in the league. It's really quite amazing that Bowe has had the career he's had considering the ineptitude he's dealt with at the quarterback position. While he won't likely be catching passes thrown by a Pro Bowl quarterback in 2013, he will be playing with the best quarterback he ever has in his career. Perhaps the best example of what he can do with a decent quarterback is his 2010 season. In the one successful season Matt Cassel had in a Chiefs uniform, Bowe caught 72 passes for 1162 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bowe is a big strong receiver that excels on short timing routes and should have a field day in Andy Reid's new offense, especially if Donnie Avery can play well enough to draw some attention off of him.
Latest NewsChiefs | Coaches 'had a word' with Bowe about lofty goals (Mon Jun 17, 05:32 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has set lofty goals for this season. He wants to lead the NFL in receptions and receiving touchdowns in 2013. According to National Football Post a few Chiefs coaches 'had a word' with Bowe about that. They appreciate his goals but wanted to let the veteran receiver know the Andy Reid offense doesn't work that way. Our View: The Chiefs are not discouraging Bowe here just alerting him to the design of the offense. Reid will spread the ball around to different receivers and take what the defense gives. Bowe is still a strong fantasy WR2 with WR1 upside in 2013. His current ADP is WR15 and he's coming off the board at 4.09.
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2012 Game Summaries
Week 1 - A couple of dropped balls and several sloppy routes were intermingled with a couple of good catches in traffic. Bowe is still the most gifted receiver on the roster but he is seriously rusty after his hold out. He had serious trouble getting separation, and every catch he made was in tight coverage. Bowe did an excellent job using his body as a shield between the ball and the defender, but anytime he had to reach outside his core the pas was not brought in.
Week 2 - Perhaps the only highlight of the game for the Chiefs this week was the play of Dwayne Bowe. He was the only effective player early in the game, but he really turned it on late once the game got out of hand. Bowe repeatedly victimized Bills corner Aaron Williams and finished with 8 catches on 15 targets for 102 yards and 2 fourth quarter touchdowns. He nearly had a 3rd touchdown on the second last play of the game but couldn’t come down with the ball. Cassel must realize that forcing the ball to their best receiver is probably not a bad play most of the time.
Week 3 - Bowe had more targets, receptions and yardage than the rest of the Chiefs receivers combined and is clearly Cassel’s security blanket. He beat the Saints with an array of slants, outs and posts showing good body control and good hands until a bad drop in overtime. Bowe twice beat his man to the end zone on deep routes but was overthrown badly by Cassel on each occasion. As long as teams continue to allow Bowe to have the underneath routes he will continue to accumulate a huge amount of targets, just don’t expect a lot of big plays.
Week 4 - It was unknown until today whether Bowe would even suit up for this game, so naturally he turned in a game high seven receptions for 108 yards. Bowe was involved early and often, catching two quick out routes on the first two plays from scrimmage. Shortly thereafter he appeared to haul in a 36-yard reception but that was wiped out by an illegal formation penalty. Bowe didn’t let it deter him, however, as he kept working the middle of the field and easily handling the San Diego secondary. He went high up in traffic on one pass to haul it in with defenders all around him. In the second half, it was more of the same. Bowe got WIDE open down the sideline for a potentially huge reception, but QB Matt Cassel badly overthrew him on the play. Perhaps the overthrow was fresh in Cassel’s mind, because when Bowe later again got wide open behind the defense, Cassel badly underthrew him. Fortunately for Kansas City, Bowe was able to re-adjust to the ball and come down with the reception at the goal line for an easy 29-yard touchdown pass. Bowe made a terrific move on the play, getting past his man with a double move down the seam and then seemingly waiting an eternity for the rainbow pass to finally make its way into his waiting arms.
Week 5 - It was a terribly rough day for Bowe. Most of his receptions came on ducks from Cassel that he had to make acrobatic catches on, and two of the best balls Cassel threw to him Bowe let go through his hands and to the defense for a turnover. To top it all off, Bowe’s touchdown to give the Chiefs a lead was reversed by an offensive pass interference call just a few moments after the same type of call had been made on Bowe. He ran great routes to get open most of the day, but Cassel couldn’t get the ball to him soon enough for it to matter.
Week 6 - Bowe’s production took the biggest hit in the absence of Matt Cassel. Those bread and butter slants that Matt Cassel leaned so heavily on just weren’t there with Quinn at quarterback, they were a little late, and almost always behind him. All three of Bowe’s receptions were difficult catches, with no chance for him to pick up yards after the catch.
Week 8 - Bowe led all Chiefs with sixty-five receiving yards on six catches, including an impressive reception on a deep crossing route in which Matt Cassel hit him in stride. Bowe took Cassel’s pass for forty-six yards down the field and into Oakland territory, adding an authoritative stiff arm on a member of the Raiders’ secondary. Overall, the Kansas City air attack was anemic at best, and though Bowe is an elite receiver, he is unable to throw the ball to himself. The Chiefs will need to continue to target Bowe heavily if they ever want to hold the lead in a game.
Week 9 - Here’s how bad things were for Kansas City. Bowe was by far their biggest offensive star of the game, and he had a whopping 79 yards that included a lost fumble. He made a couple of nice grabs in the first half where he used his body to shield the defender away, and was Cassel’s go-to guy in nearly every situation. He also showed his strength in bouncing off would-be tacklers to pick up extra yardage after the catch. But on a designed screen pass to Bowe on third down, he tried to do just a bit too much and had the ball stripped away from him as he was being taken down. Things didn’t get much better after halftime. He was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone and actually had a step on his defender, but the ball was thrown over his right shoulder while Bowe was looking over his left.
Week 10 - Bowe caught a quick out against off coverage for his first reception of the day. Bowe caught his second pass late in the second quarter when he worked back to the football on a comeback route for a first down. Bowe dropped an easy curl route on the same drive when he was wide open against Ike Taylor. In the third quarter, Bowe caught a screen pass from Cassel before breaking a tackle attempt from Lawrence Timmons before running down the sideline for a touchdown. Bowe made a big play, but it was negated for holding on Branden Albert. Nonetheless, Bowe still made an impressive play and the flag was contentious at best. Bowe dropped a crucial slant pass that would have moved the Chiefs into Steelers' territory on their final drive of the game. Bowe caught a deep crossing route to move the Chiefs into field goal range with only seconds left.
Week 11 - Bowe saw only one target on a deep ball down the right sideline in the second quarter. He had the ball in his hands for a split second before it was ripped away by a defensive back. When he landed he sustained a neck injury and did not return.
Week 12 - After a silent first quarter, Bowe still managed to lead the team in receiving yards, with just 41. He caught a quick hitter for his first reception and showed great effort to fight through two tackles for an eight yard gain and a first down. Later on that same drive a 13 yard post was almost a huge gain but Bowe was tripped up before he broke free. In the second half Bowe caught a couple of short passes, but it was more about the opportunities he missed. On Quinn’s best downfield throw Bowe got his feet tangled with Champ Bailey and was unable to make a play on the ball. He also dropped a perfectly placed slant from Quinn.
Week 13 - With Kansas City playing this game close to the vest on offense, Dwayne Bowe’s opportunities were limited. However, he made the most of the ones he got. Bowe announced himself in the first quarter with a deep in-cut off play action, boxing out the defender with his frame. Quinn threw a pass up for him in the second quarter with bodies all around him, trusting Bowe to go up and get it. He did just that, leaping high for the off-target pass and cradling it, protecting it as he hit the ground. Bowe’s talent is obvious; it is simply his opportunity that is lacking right now. He and Brady Quinn seemed to develop a nice rapport in this game.
Week 14 - Bowe had two outstanding plays and then left the game with a rib injury and did not return. His first catch was on a 10 yard in route and he found himself wide open in the middle of the field. He quickly turned up field and turned the short pass into a 23 yard gain. Two plays later he beat Joe Haden deep down the right sideline and hauled in a perfect 47 yard pass from Brady Quinn. Bowe may have been able to get into the end zone but he stumbled at the five yard line before being tackled. He was injured later in the game while blocking and did not return.