Key Stat Shows Chiefs WR Troubles Were Exaggerated Last Season

Much has been made of the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive weapons that Patrick Mahomes had to work with in 2023. Despite winning a second straight Super Bowl, there was a narrative that, aside from Travis Kelce and Rashee Rice, the pass-catching corps left more to be desired.

Statistically, that may be true, but there is more to the story.

The Chiefs had the 15th-ranked offense (21.8 points per game), with Kelce and Rice head and shoulders above the rest of Kansas City's receiving corps. Many thought Mahomes struggled with his lack of options.

But an interesting little nugget of information has been found by Pro Football Focus and it's quite eye-opening.

key stat shows chiefs wr troubles were exaggerated last season

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The Chiefs had a total of 228 passing snaps in which three or more of their receivers were classified as "open," which led the NFL.

"Despite their issues at the wide receiver position over the first half of the year, the Chiefs were still far better than any other team in football at getting pass-catchers open," PFF writes. "Their 228 snaps with three or more receivers open in the regular season was 143 more than the Tennessee Titans in last place."

That doesn't sound like a lot of passing snaps, does it? But of Mahomes' 597 pass attempts, he had three or more of his targets open on 228 of them, which is nearly half.

Andy Reid's play-calling is likely responsible for most of that. So, too, is Mahomes' ability to extend plays, and then we have Kelce and Rice's ability to get open any time they want.

So, while much was made of the Chiefs' receiving group last season, they got open more than any other receiver group in the NFL.

Now, with the additions of Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy, if the Chiefs can again have three or more receivers open more than the rest of the league, Kansas City's offense will be tough to stop in 2024.

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