Kadarius Toney Gets a Fresh Start in Kansas City

Kadarius Toney Gets a Fresh Start in Kansas City

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Kadarius Toney Gets a Fresh Start in Kansas City

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The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver room had been quite underwhelming once the Chiefs traded away Tyreek Hill. Many have had to step up like Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Travis Kelce, but the Chiefs have to look at the long-term goals. 

The Chiefs acquired Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants for a conditional third round pick and a sixth round pick. Kadarius Toney was drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft in the first round by the Giants. Toney went to the University of Florida, where his most explosive year was 2020. In 2020, Toney had 984 yards, 10 touchdowns, and as a runner, he accumulated 161 yards, and one touchdown. On special teams, he also had one touchdown as a punt returner.

Now Toney is only 6’0, but has early acceleration, elusive changing direction on routes, and has very good open field vision for run after catch plays. Unfortunately with the New York Giants, Toney has not been able to produce as much as expected, especially due to injuries, but at the same time the Giants had done a poor job at utilizing him to his strengths. 

This is where I think the Kansas City Chiefs could do some serious damage on the passing attack with Toney. His speed may not be like Hill’s speed, but Patrick Mahomes is used to running out of the pocket to find his first man open, and I think Toney can use his quickness to be an asset for Mahomes. Also, the Chiefs have had their woes with Skyy Moore as a returner, which is why Kadarius Toney would fit right in and can take that role as well. Not only is Toney young, but with the Chiefs, he could really develop to become a dangerous weapon with Mahomes. His quickness could be extremely useful on screen plays, trick plays, and he can also play in wildcat formations, which makes the Chiefs even more dangerous in the red zone. Some would say that to make a trade for the production Toney has had in the NFL is crazy, but I think under Andy Reid, Toney will break out of the barrier he was in when he was with the Giants. Now, Toney can truly show that his potential was not a one-hit wonder year. 

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