Last season was supposed to be Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe’s breakout campaign. The Chiefs had finally paired Bowe with a decent quarterback in Alex Smith and Kansas City took care of Bowe in the offseason by giving him a $56 million contract extension.
Unfortunately for K.C., Bowe had his worst season since 2009, catching just 57 balls for 673 yards and five touchdowns.
But it seems like Bowe has put himself in a position to return to his typically great ways in 2014.
From ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Chiefs WR coach David Culley on Dwayne Bowe: “He’s in the best shape he’s been in. I know from last year, this is completely different.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2014
One might think that this is just training camp talk and a wide receivers coach talking up his star pupil. However, Chiefs coach Andry Reid and general manager John Dorsey recently spoke on Bowe’s physical changes.
From Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports:
“Sometimes you’ve got to push away the Frosted Flakes and eat the greens,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “I’m an expert in that category.”
Bowe, 29, told USA TODAY Sports on July 14 he was feeling explosive after dropping to around 212 pounds from a playing weight of 222 to 225 in past years. Dorsey, who arrived with Reid last year, said he’s been told Bowe’s in the best shape since entering the league with the Chiefs in 2007.
Bowe has 472 catches for 6,401 yards and 44 touchdowns for his career.