Chiefs WR/RB Dexter McCluster was singled out not once, but twice last week by SI’s Peter King. This week, MSN has selected McCluster as the Chiefs breakout player for 2010.
Fans of the SEC know how versatile and dangerous McCluster is. Though many draftniks feared he was just too damn small to do anything in the NFL, I’m confident Charlie Weis and Todd Haley will find a way to utilize him in that Chiefs offense. McCluster’s a lightning bolt in a firefly’s body. He’ll be a fan favorite right away.
He’s definitely already a fan favorite, that much is clear from the reaction he received during training camp practices and the first game at The New Arrowhead. McCluster has the ability to make everyone stop and watch because he has the potential to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
He might put up the highest amount of flashy plays (along with Jamaal Charles) but I’m starting to think we might find the Chiefs breakout player on the other side of the ball. Both Andy Studebaker and No. 5 overall pick Eric Berry have shown that they might give us enough this season to label either of them as a breakout player. For a defense that has struggled so mightily in recent years, it will be hard not to recognize those two if they help the defense make big strides this season.