Chiefs' Smith impressed by WR/RB McCluster

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been most impressed with diminutive wide receiver/running back Dexter McCluster.

"For me, not knowing much about Dexter McCluster ... seeing how fluid he is going in and out of those roles is really impressive for me to watch," Smith said Tuesday after the team's OTA workout.

"It's easy to talk about it in the meeting room, to say 'hey, let's put the slot receiver and run routes and be natural, and then put him in the backfield; to be able to do a multitude of things, he's a special guy. I think he's really taking it on."

In his first three seasons, McCluster touched the ball 263 times on offense for 1,646 yards and four touchdowns. That's an average of 6.3 yards per offensive touch, but only a touchdown every 66 times he has had the ball in his hands.

And it seems Smith wants to give McCluster more chances.

Tight end Tony Moeaki has been watching OTA sessions as he rehabs from off-season surgery on his left knee. Coach Andy Reid said Moeaki would continue to watch the OTAs and the team's thre-day minicamp rather than taking part.

"I don't foresee that," Reid said when asked if Moeaki would practice in the next few weeks. "You'll probably see him at training camp."

Reid even hesitated a bit when asked if Moeaki would be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.

"We'll see," Reid said. "I'm thinking he will be, but we'll see how things go."

Injuries slowed down Moeaki's football career at both the University of Iowa and with the Chiefs. He played in 15 of 16 games last season after missing the entire 2011 season because of a torn ACL in his left knee that required surgery.

Moeaki admitted it wasn't until the second half of the season that he felt close to being back to his previous level of physical health. He caught 33 passes for 453 yards and a touchdown.

After the '12 season, he had another surgery on that same left knee and has been an observer for the entire off-season.

The Chiefs have not returned a punt or kickoff for a touchdown in 48 games, since the 2010 opener on a Monday night against San Diego. As the team has gone through off-season work, Reid and his coaching staff have thrown different bodies into the mix.

Recently, it was third-round draft choice running back Knile Davis, although he did not handle kickoff returns at the University of Arkansas.

"He's got good vision as a running back," Reid said. "You want guys that are willing to hit it up the field; we'll see how it goes. Not saying that he's the guy, but he's working at it and we'll see how he does through training camp."
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