Chiefs second-year wide receiver Devon Wylie got his shot to practice with the big boys on Saturday. Starting wide receiver Dwayne Bowe missed his second straight day of practice because of what the club is calling a virus in his chest Wylie normally a slot receiver took the snaps at outside receiver position opposite Jon Baldwin. On Friday it was another slot receiver Dexter McCluster and second-year man Junior Hemingway who shared that spot. But on Saturday Wylie a diminutive 5-foot-9 187-pounder took almost every play when the Chiefs were in the two-wide-receiver set. When the Chiefs went to three wides McCluster manned the slot and Wiley remained on the field with Baldwin. “It’s a great opportunity for him to be (flanked) outside” offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said of Wiley. “He got some good work in today. He’s a versatile receiver who we can use inside or outside.” The Chiefs had great hopes for Wiley when they selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. Wylie was a speedy receiver and punt returner at Fresno State and the Chiefs hoped he’d provide a receiving threat in the slot and dangerous return man on special teams. Neither happened. Hampered by a hamstring injury for most of last season Wylie caught just six passes for 53 yards all in the final three games last season after Bowe was sidelined by broken ribs.
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