What the Kansas City Chiefs have accomplished this season on the offensive side of the ball is quite impressive. There were a lot of people that questioned if they would be as explosive without Tyreek Hill in the lineup as he was traded to the Miami Dolphins during the offseason. Not only have they been able to stay afloat without him, but they are thriving.
Kansas City currently possesses the most explosive passing game in the NFL as they are first in the league in passing yards and touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes still has his safety valve in all-world tight end Travis Kelce but they are tougher to stop this season because of the depth of talent that they possess.
JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling were solid pickups in free agency. Justin Watson was thrust into the lineup on Sunday Night Football against the Los Angeles Chargers because of injury and the offense didn’t miss a beat. Rookie Skyy Moore is another player whose opportunities are going to grow with Mecole Hardman being placed on IR and Smith-Schuster dealing with a concussion.
Another player that the Chiefs are excited about is Kadarius Toney. Heading into the matchup with the Chargers, Toney was revealed as a big key to their offense. With two of their top three wide receivers sidelined, Toney was primed for a big game.
Unfortunately for Toney and the Chiefs, the breakout never came. Toney was on the field for only 14 snaps before his night ended with a hamstring injury. He was dealing with a hamstring injury during his time with the New York Giants earlier this season before he was traded to the Chiefs.
On some social media posts that have since been deleted, Toney insinuated that he may have been embellishing the injury, hoping to get traded. Having it tighten up on him again just as he is heading toward a bigger role is nothing new for him as Toney missed over half of the games in his Giants career with injuries.
But, once he is healthy, it is clear that Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy have big plans for him. Toney’s snap share increased in his second game with the team and Mahomes was making a concerted effort to target him as he caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown, showcasing his incredible run-after-catch skills.
Someone with his skill set is a perfect match for this Chiefs offense. He can bring some of the same wiggle, speed and playmaking to the table that Hill did, helping offset the loss of Hardman alongside the bruising style of play that Kelce and Smith-Schuster have. Kansas City has an embarrassment of riches offensively as they can beat you in several ways through the air.