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Teicher: Bowe feeling confident with new-look Chiefs

Bowe feeling confident with new-look Chiefs
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
Dwayne Bowe made clear last fall that he was more than willing to continue his career in Kansas City. All along, it was going to take one thing to make it happen: public validation from the Chiefs in the form of a lucrative long-term contract that he was one of the NFLís top wide receivers.

They provided him that with a five-year deal worth more than $11 million per season, making him at the time of the signing the third-highest-paid receiver in the league.

But if the pressure is now on Bowe to prove himself worthy, he isnít feeling it. Bowe indicated Monday as the Chiefs began their offseason conditioning program at their Truman Sports Complex practice facility that heís already done that.

ďPersonally, I feel like Iím top five, most definitely,íí Bowe said. ďMy play shows it. Running (with) the ball, blocking, all the (qualities) of a wide receiver, I have. Whatever category people want to put me in, to me Iím always going to be number-one on this team, and thatís all that matters.íí

Thatís exactly what motivated the Chiefs to reach a deal with Bowe. Heís been their leading pass catcher since trading Tony Gonzalez in 2009, and the Chiefs werenít interested in finding out what life would be like without Bowe.

They were prepared to designate Bowe as their franchise player for the second straight season if they failed to reach an agreement with him. The Chiefs traded for new starting quarterback Alex Smith and signed as a free agent another starting wide receiver, Donnie Avery, but theyíre still counting on a big season from Bowe to help improve their passing game.

The process began Monday, though the Chiefs didnít practice. Bowe and Smith met for the first time.

ďI like what Iíve seen,íí Smith said. ďTerrific player, makes big plays, physical receiver. He can make a lot of tough catches. Iím looking forward to working with him.íí

The Chiefs have had one of the NFLís most feeble passing attacks in many of their seasons since drafting Bowe in the first round in 2007, but Bowe is hardly at fault. Heís dropped his share of passes, many at critical junctures, but heís been remarkably consistent.

Bowe has caught at least 70 passes and been close to or over 1,000 receiving yards in all seasons but 2009, when he missed four games with a suspension, and last year, when he missed three games because of broken ribs.

Bowe may improve merely by playing with Smith, who could become the best passer Bowe has played with the moment Smith walks into the huddle. The list of Chiefs quarterbacks to throw to Bowe includes Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Brady Quinn.

ďI canít say that,íí Bowe said. ďI havenít caught a pass from him yet. Iím sure as time goes down and the chemistry (unfolds), Iíll let you guys say that. Great player. After that, when the weeks go by, Iíll be able to tell you a little more. As a football player and a leader, thatís who you want at the position.

ďItís another quarterback. My job is to catch the ball no matter whoís throwing it. Now I have somebody that actually has a name for himself, has proved himself. Iím sure that will make it easier, but like I said, I havenít caught a pass from him yet.íí

Bowe also said he was energized by playing for new coach Andy Reid, who frequently had one of the NFLís highest-scoring teams when he was with Philadelphia.

ďHaving the quarterback in and a new coach, itís refreshing,íí Bowe said. ďItís just like coming in your rookie year or your freshman year in college, not knowing everybody but just knowing of them and what they can do and what they did. That motivated me knowing Andy worked with some big-time players and also some big-time quarterbacks and got their receivers and their quarterbacks to the next level, which is the Pro Bowl . . .

ďWith a new coach and a new quarterback, itís like the first day of school. I feel like Iíve still got a lot of fire left in the tank. My body feels great.íí
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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Im sure the new regime is gona completely re-focus him, he probably lost a lot due to Pioli and his bullcrap
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:21 PM   #3
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Translation: Bowe got paid.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
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Translation: Bowe got paid.
Yeah pretty much. Translation: Bowe feeling confident with new-look bankroll.
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Just don't get his ass killed before we can get a real QB to throw to him Alex.
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Yeah pretty much. Translation: Bowe feeling confident with new-look bankroll.
Ya the money helps. But Bowe's a football player. Thats what these guys do. This new proven veteran coach will have a positive effect on him
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Ya Cassel did almost have Bowe killed more than a handful of times
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Ya Cassel did almost have Bowe killed more than a handful of times

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