Review of the Chiefs’ New-Look Wide Receiver Corps
A former star seeking career renewal in Kansas City, Gordon caught five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown in 12 games (7 starts) last season after signing with the Chiefs in early October.
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound veteran is best known for his incredible season in 2013, when he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,646) at the age of 22, despite not only played 14 games. He’s been productive at times in the years since — recording 426 receiving yards as recently as 2019 — but Gordon has played just 45 games since that breakout season.
However, at just 31, Gordon will be looking to turn his first full offseason program with the Chiefs into a comeback campaign.
A fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2019, Jennings spent time with several teams during his fledgling NFL career before joining the Chiefs as a Reserve/Futures signing in January.
After being waived by Seattle following the 2019 preseason, Jennings had a stint with the Miami Dolphins – appearing in one game – in addition to spending time on the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens practice squads as a what a rookie. He then spent the final offseason with Indianapolis before joining the Las Vegas Raiders practice squad for the 2021 season.
Parker is the newest member of that group, earning a contract after a successful tryout at the mandatory minicamp last month. A former University of Rhode Island star, Parker was undrafted in 2020 before joining the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He signed with the Carolina Panthers practice squad prior to last season and appeared in one game for the Panthers.
Parker, 24, is 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds.
The Chiefs selected Powell in the fifth round (No. 181 overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft against Clemson. He was waived after training camp but signed with the practice squad the following day, where Powell spent the entirety of last season.
Powell officially joined the Chiefs at the start of the offseason as a “Reserve/Futures” signing.
One of the best undrafted free agents available on the open market, Ross adds another intriguing option to the Chiefs’ wide receiver room as a 6-foot-4, 205-pound point guard who can carry contested holds.
Originally the nation’s No. 7 wide receiver prospect out of high school, Ross took the nation by storm as a rookie at Clemson in 2018. He caught 46 passes for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns that season there, racking up 12 catches for 301 yards. and three scores in Clemson’s College Football Playoff wins over Notre Dame and Alabama. Ross’ strong performance led to rumors that he could be a possible first-round pick when he becomes eligible, but injuries have unfortunately hampered him. Ross missed the entire 2020 campaign due to spinal surgery, and while back on the court last season and played well with 46 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns for 10 starts, a foot injury sidelined him for the last three games of the year.
Injuries finally hampered a once-promising career, but now he will have the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong in Kansas City.