Of all of the injuries suffered on Sunday, this one might be the most disappointing for Chiefs Kingdom simply because Kadarius Toney had turned into a far more exciting addition than anyone could have predicted in the previous two games since his arrival.
When the Chiefs first traded for Toney before the NFL’s trade deadline, it felt like a move to shore up the wide receiver position for the next couple of years with a player still under team control through 2024 with high upside. For a team who is going to watch multiple players hit free agency in consecutive years at that position, the trade was a solid future investment.
Instead of being focused on the future, however, Toney has been doing everything he can to provide production in the present. The Chiefs rewarded him with a handful of quick touches in his first game and he showed a well-rounded skill set and physical toughness that raised the collective brows of Chiefs fans. From there, he truly stepped up in Hardman’s absence last week with 90 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
With Hardman out again along with Smith-Schuster, some predicted this might be Toney’s real breakout effort for the Chiefs. Instead, his hamstring bothered him early and he was unable to go for the rest of the night. Just like that, the oppotunity was not only lost but the Chiefs depth at the position was tested even further.
Justin Watson and Skyy Moore both came up with big catches and moments for K.C. in response to more playing time. Jody Fortson and Noah Gray had a nice game as well. However, Toney was adding another dangerous dimension to this offense shortly before leaving the field. Fans will be anxious to see him back soon in the hopes of watching him blossom on this side of the trade from the Giants.