Kadarius Toney still has plenty of believers in the Chiefs locker room – at least for now.
After Toney’s disastrous start to the season in Kansas City’s 21-20 loss to the Lions last week, the former Giants wide receiver let reporters know that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had says to simplify things.
“Don’t be a superhero,” Reid said, according to Toney, as Mahomes delivered a similar message.
Toney was targeted five times and caught just one pass for a single yard.
One of his drops led directly to an interception and another came at a crucial moment in the fourth quarter.
“The only way to get him back is to play him,” Reid said, according to ESPN. “I think you’ll see better the farther we get from him.”
Toney, who was selected No. 20 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Giants – was blamed for his poor chin play.
“I told coach, I told Pat, all the guys, it’s my fault,” Toney said in his press conference. “At the end of the day, you all are counting on me and counting on me to make certain plays, and I have to be there to do it. There’s really no excuse, nothing you can blame him on – none of that.
“I know I could have made those plays.”
Toney, who was drafted out of Florida, has always displayed speed and athleticism but has been plagued by an inability to stay on the field, playing in just 20 games as he enters his third season.
Toney’s role in the Chiefs’ loss earned him Pro Football Focus’ worst single-game grade for a receiver since 2018 with a 29.7 grade.
The Giants acquired a third- and fifth-round pick for Toney when they traded him to the Chiefs last October.
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