Jeremy Maclin (ankle) has severe limitations in the AFC Divisional Round. So did the Chiefs, who were outmatched on the perimeter with Albert Wilson, Jason Avant, and Chris Conley. Dorsey must procure a 1A wideout who can keep the offense humming without Maclin. And when the two play together, teams like the New England Patriots won’t be able to double-team one. It’s the logical next step for this offense to take.
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Dorsey struck gold with the 18th overall pick in last year’s draft. Now, it’d be wise to build on a strength and acquire a star opposite Marcus Peters. Knowing they’re safe on the back end would free Kansas City’s swarming defense up for more exotic blitz packages. And it’d let the team move on from free-agent-to-be Sean Smith, who served a suspension and struggled at times in tight coverage.
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3. Offensive tackle
A Reid-coached team grabs its blockers early and often. But the 2016 roster needs some turnover here; right tackle Jah Reid and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif are great reserves, but reserves all the same. Center Mitch Morse and Eric Fisher and building blocks, and Dorsey should keep building.
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4. Inside linebacker
When does Father Time catch up with Derrick Johnson? It didn’t happen in 2015, but the veteran linebacker is A) an impending free agent and B) turning 34 next season. He deserves to return next fall, but the Chiefs would be rise to grab his replacement; Johnson could help groom the Chiefs’ next linebacking centerpiece that way. Plus, fellow inside ‘backer Josh Mauga could use an upgrade.
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Dorsey can’t let Eric Berry depart Kansas City — he’s the team’s spiritual leader. But reserves Husain Adbullah and Tyvon Branch are free agents too. The Chiefs could keep showing opposing offenses unique looks (like safety Ron Parker in the slot) if they replenish their depth chart there.