Chiefs Albert Wilson: Time for Crow

 

Eating crow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t tell me you haven’t thought something similar so let’s get straight to the point, a dish of crow is in order for some, including myself, and I am going to get it prepped, cooked and served. Obviously, it is up to you whether to have a seat at the table and grab a set of utensils, but if this season continues as it has started, we will all be having a dish by the seasons end. I made a comment on last week’s post about being upset that Albert Wilson had not given me a reason to be mad, and Monday night he gave me reason to not only not be mad at him, but to see him as a large asset to the offense.

 

 

 

 

For the past few season all the way through this year’s training camp, preseason and first quarter of the regular season, I have been avidly opposed to Wilson being on the roster. The reason for this was his inconsistency in the pass catching department. There have been games in past years that Wilson will go up and grab some real highlight catches, followed in the next few plays by dropping a wide open, pitch and catch type pass from Alex Smith. There is nothing more maddening to me at the receiver position than being able to catch the balls you shouldn’t and dropping the balls you should. Outside of the inconsistent pass catching, he has appeared out of position and not on the same page as Alex Smith. None of this has seemed to translate the start of this season, which is good news.

 

Through 4 games, Wilson has caught 14 of the 16 passes thrown his way. 9 of those catches have moved the chains, 4 of which were third down conversions, another 2 catches put points on the board. Only 3 of his catches have not gone for either a first down or a touchdown, or 78.5% of his catches and 68.7% of his targets. 4 of his catches have come in the final 2 minutes of a half, 3 in the New England game at the end of the first half, 2 of which moved the chains to keep the drive alive and get Hunt in the endzone. The other came against the team from Washington with a 37 yard sideline catch that setup the game clinching field goal.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson is looking like Smith’s “go-to-guy” when he knows that Kelce, Hill and Hunt are going to be public enemy’s 1-3 and a play needs to be made. What is even more surprising to me is that Wilson seems up to the task. Whatever communications problems, or whatever the cause for the prior inconstancy, appear to be gone this year. With the Chief’s Big 3 in line to receive more attention from opposing defenses, this Smith-to-Wilson connection is going to be a key for the team moving forward. I stated last week that I was upset Wilson had not given me reason to be mad at him. This week I am not upset at all to say that I am jumping on the Wilson bandwagon and I am looking forward to seeing him continue to have the best year of his short career yet.

 

 

In a post game interview head coach Andy Reid called Wilson “the unsung hero” of the wideouts. Here’s Albert Wilson’s huge catch near the end of the game which saved the drive and the game for the Chiefs:

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do you think Chief’s fans, are you ready to pull up a chair and have a little crow with me? If not, you fall into one of two categories; the ones that will say “I told you so” and have been high on Wilson prior to his clutch plays this year. The other will say something along the lines of needing to see more proof before sitting down to eat. And that is okay, because by the end of the year I have a feeling the table will be full, with some having to hold their trays while standing in line around the table.

 

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        That ‘target’ stat is one I question a lot. There are so many factors that go into why a catch wasn’t made.

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      The fact that he learned how to catch the ball helps. Maybe he needs to share his secret with Harris

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          Exactly…I mean let’s face it, the Texans are not game planning for Albert Wilson right now.

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