I think the Chiefs are very happy they didn’t have a chance to let Darren Sproles break the bank in free agency. Because Dexter McCluster is a lot cheaper — and five years younger. McCluster’s 94-yard punt return for a touchdown was immediate Sproles-type impact.
If you’ll recall, a big part of King’s prediction was based on McCluster being on the injury report even though it was clear that he was going to play. We reported early and often that McCluster would be on the field without any restrictions and as we saw, that was correct.
I think the recent drafts of the Chiefs — pre- and post-Pioli — paid off big last night. Four No. 1 draft choices (Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson) were the top four tacklers in the 21-14 upset of the Chargers — 12 tackles and six, six, six. As much as we’ve criticized the regime of Carl Peterson and Bill Kuharich, they should get some credit for the great play of Johnson and Dorsey last night.
This is something I want to expand on later this week. Some of these players are showing that they aren’t quite the busts a lot of Chiefs fans in Kansas City had chalked them up to be. As for the current crop of rookies, Berry was responsible for both Chargers touchdowns, though he did show glimpses. Fellow rookie safety Kendrick Lewis actually looked more comfortable than the fifth overall pick
I think you’re all wishing you took Jamaal Charles a round earlier in your fantasy drafts, aren’t you? Eleven carries, 92 yards, 100 yards from scrimmage, one touchdown. There will be more than 12 touches in the future for this poor man’s Chris Johnson.
In our Chiefs fantasy football preview, I graded Charles out as a late 2nd or 3rd round pick and still think that’s a fair place for him to come off the board.
As we saw last night, Todd Haley values Thomas Jones just as much as Charles, which will keep his carries much lower than they should be. So even though Charles once again showed he has elite playmaking ability, King is underestimating how much Haley will continue to use Jones. I’m not sure we will see him get a whole lot more than 12 touches a game.