Patrick Mahomes: We’re going to keep giving Kadarius Toney more and more

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When the Chiefs acquired receiver Kadarius Toney from the Giants, it seemed like a move with an eye toward the future.

Maybe Toney would provide some lift in 2022. But there was no pressure for the Chiefs to heavily rely on the young receiver.

After last week, though, it looks like the Chiefs can plan on Toney continuing to expand his role in Kansas City. He caught four passes for 57 yards with a touchdown. He had a pair of carries for 33 yards. And he served as a punt returner, averaging 5.5 yards per return.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said this week that he wasn’t surprised by Toney making the plays, despite his late-October arrival date.

“But just us being able to move him around as much as we have, it’s a testament to him,” Mahomes said in his Wednesday press conference. “He’s really got in here, he’s learned. He’s learned multiple positions. We’ve moved him around now, it’s not like he’s in that one spot. And so, we’ll just continue to build on that.

“We don’t want to overwhelm him. We don’t want to put too much on his plate, but we’re going to keep giving him more and more, and get him more involved in this offense because it’ll make this offense better as a whole as the season goes on.”

With Mecole Hardman placed on injured reserve and JuJu Smith-Schuster in the concussion protocol, the Chiefs may need more from Toney this week. The club also has Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, and Justin Watson on the 53-man roster at receiver.

9 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: We’re going to keep giving Kadarius Toney more and more

  1. I’m so excited to watch Toney play. It just looks like he’s having fun, that’s the way Tyreek plays and I miss that. I can’t for the life of me figure out why the Giants let him go.

  2. Sounds like a smart plan. The small sample size for Toney in KC has been Excellent. We are Excited for Mr. Toney in KC.

  3. The Giants are well run and well coached. There’s a good reason why he was traded. Maybe this serves as a wake-up call and he straightens out. But don’t kid yourself that there wasn’t something going on in New York.

  4. Contrast Toney’s positive performance with second-round pick Skyy Moore (Lesse?). Moore had an entire off-season, training camp, and pre-season to learn the offense and show what he can do. So far, the only ability he’s shown is a penchant for fumbling.

  5. redlikethepig says:
    November 18, 2022 at 10:14 am
    The Giants are well run and well coached. There’s a good reason why he was traded. Maybe this serves as a wake-up call and he straightens out. But don’t kid yourself that there wasn’t something going on in New York.

    Chiefs are also well run and well coached. Better than the New York Giants.

  6. I’m pretty sure the KC’s GM vetted Toney and signed off on the trade. Toney was given up on by the Giants, and he wasn’t being thrown the football but the plays that he did make were spectacular. Kadarius Toney had some injury problems early on and maybe didn’t buy into what the Giants under a bad HC in Joe Judge was doing but I never heard of any off-the-field problems with Kadarius Toney. Toney is a young talent that was being wasted in NY so I know he is overjoyed to be in KC with a real QB. That makes all the difference for a WR because you don’t get paid unless you catch the football.

  7. Those “experts” who clowned the Chiefs for giving up a compensatory 3rd and 6th round pick for Toney actually clowned themselves instead. This is the dawning of the age of Kadarius.

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