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    The Chiefs' Devon Wylie (19), who struggled with a bad hamstring last season, returns a punt against the Raiders.

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Granite Bay's Wylie settling in with Chiefs

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 6:26 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It doesn't take long to document wide receiver Devon Wylie's rookie season with the Chiefs.

Kansas City drafted the speedy former Granite Bay High School and Fresno State star in the fourth round last year in the hope that he'd spark the offense and the return game.

Instead, Wylie spent most of the season rehabilitating a bad hamstring. He finished with just six catches and handled five punts, averaging 5.2 yards a return.

The good news for Wylie: Last year doesn't matter all that much in Kansas City anymore.

After a 2-14 season, the Chiefs brought in a new front office and coaching staff, giving young players like Wylie a chance to start from scratch. Head coach Andy Reid is running a quick-strike offense, which seems to mesh nicely with Wylie's strengths.

"The new offense is very fast-paced," Wylie said. "You start to put a defense on its heels, and it's easier to make plays. And I think I'm on a good page with the quarterbacks."

The Chiefs began training camp last month with one of their top receivers, Dwayne Bowe, on the sideline. That gave Wylie a chance to play alongside new quarterback Alex Smith and the other starters.

Bowe has since returned, and Wylie is back with the reserves. But he has stayed healthy this summer and convinced Reid and the rest of the coaching staff that he's more than just an occasional weapon out of the slot. The 5-foot-9 Wylie, who ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash last year before the draft, has been spending most of his time as an outside receiver.

"He's not only quick," Smith said. "So many guys are quick but don't have the long speed. Devon can run. He can really roll."

Wylie said he hopes to enter today's game against the 49ers in the second quarter.

Still, he's more eager to play another Northern California team this season. Former Granite Bay teammate Miles Burris plays linebacker for the Raiders, and Wylie was not active for the first encounter last year. He had one catch for six yards in the rematch.

He said the division rivalry hasn't soured their relationship.

"We're still best friends," he said. "We still talk every day."

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