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Dexter McCluster looking for new beginning in Andy Reid's offense

McCluster is working in as a slot receiver with the Chiefs this year. Aaron Wilson

Print This September 03, 2013, 10:05 AM EST

Since the Chiefs drafted him, Dexter McCluster has been trying to figure out a way to contribute on offense.

The opportunities have been limited, however, as he's only had 989 receiving yards, 657 rushing yards and four total offensive touchdowns in three years with Kansas City.

But with Andy Reid and his passing attack coming to town, McCluster believes he can be more of a factor on offense.

“I know my abilities,’’ McCluster told ESPN.com. “I know what I can do. I think now, with this new coaching staff and the new offense we bring to the table, it’s going to allow a lot of opportunity.’’

McCluster will be a slot receiver in Reid's offense, with Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis at running back.

The Chiefs fielded quarterback Matt Cassell in recent years, which limited the team's passing ability. With Alex Smith now in Reid's West Coast passing system, McCluster could become someone to watch when the season kicks off this weekend. The Chiefs will need him to be since the only major receiving threat they have is Dwayne Bowe.

"We were predominantly a running team last year," McCluster said. "This year, we’re passing it and we’re running it. It’s equal opportunity."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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