When it comes to the blueprint for success on offense in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs are the model team.
Having the creativity of head coach Andy Reid and the generational talent of quarterback Patrick Mahomes plays a major role, but the pieces around the quarterback have also been crucial. Kansas City has assembled a group filled with speed and versatility that allows the offense to do a lot of different things at an elite level.
Even if speed isn't the main attribute the Washington Football Team is looking for in its players, the organization has introduced a good amount of it -- and versatility as well -- to the offense recently. It began with Terry McLaurin and was then built upon with the likes of Antonio Gibson and Curtis Samuel.
Now another piece in Dyami Brown -- Washington's third-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft -- has been added to the equation. The wide receiver can't help but notice all the speed being stockpiled on the offense, and he feels that gives Washington a chance to give opposing secondaries fits.
“I think it can make us very electric. As you can tell, you could kind of compare it to the Chiefs, they have Tyreek Hill and all of those guys. All of that speed out there," Brown said. "We could compete with that speed or honestly be better.”
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That last part may seem like a bold statement, but maybe that potential is there. At least on paper, Washington does now have the pieces to create an explosive offense that hasn't been there in past years.
McLaurin is a proven star and true No. 1 receiver who can do it all for the offense, and he certainly has the speed trait in his arsenal. He ran a 4.35 40-yard dash and has shown an ability to run past defenders and break away in the open field.
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Samuel has his new NFL teammate -- and old college teammate at Ohio State -- beat by .04 seconds in that department and has used that to his advantage on the outside, in the slot and even in the backfield from time to time. Antonio Gibson also ran a breathtaking 4.39. Now adding Brown, who has 4.4 speed, and there is a lot of foot power on that offense.
Brown isn't claiming that Washington's offense is now on track to be better than the Chiefs as a whole, he's just noting that the Burgundy and Gold has plenty of speed as well and defenses will have to be ready for it.
Now, it will be up to Washington to take all that high-tempo talent and harness it into offensive success the way Kansas City has.