Wednesday March 13th, 2013

Donnie Avery In one season with Indianapolis, Donnie Avery had 60 receptions for 781 yards. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Is Donnie Avery about to head into his prime as a 28-year-old wide receiver, following a career-high 60 catches in 2012? Or was that as good as it gets for a player who, after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, is headed for his fourth team in four years and led Colts' receivers in drops last season?

The Chiefs are counting on scenario No. 1.

There's plenty of reason to be optimistic, too, after Avery hauled in 60 passes last season. Plugged into a Kansas City passing game that already features Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster, the expectations for Avery should stay relatively tame.

That's if all of those receivers suit up for the Chiefs in 2013, of course. Bowe, with his new contract, is not going anywhere, but either the woefully underachieving Baldwin or the up-and-down McCluster (in the final year of his contract) could wind up elsewhere.

Avery, meanwhile, will join Alex Smith as the new faces in Andy Reid's first Kansas City offense. How much chemistry those two develop will go a long way in dictating Avery's early outlook with the Chiefs.

The potential is there, if Avery can keep the switch flipped to the on position. Grade: B. From a pure numbers standpoint, Avery is a step up from Baldwin. Can he stay on the field and limit his drops? The Chiefs are counting on him to do both.

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