Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney had arguably one of the roughest performances from a Chiefs wide receiver in recent memory against the Detroit Lions. In fact, his performance last Thursday night could be in the running for one of the most negative performances from an individual player in recent NFL history.
It was not a good night from Toney as he dropped just about every pass thrown his way despite being wide open a majority of his targets. Furthermore, the biggest turning point in the game, and likely the play that lost the game, was when Toney dropped a pass that hit him right in the hands but somehow ended up in the grasp of Detroit Lions safety Brian Branch who took it back for a pick-six.
In a game where the Chiefs only lost by one, you have to imagine they win if Toney simply catches that ball or even bats it down. Toney also went on to record the lowest PFF grade from a wide receiver since 2018 in week one.
Kadarius Toney should be in line for a nice rebound from last week's performance for the Chiefs.
While Toney had a very forgettable performance last week versus Detroit, a lot of people seem to be throwing in the towel on Toney just a little bit early. How quickly people forget that Toney helped this team win a Super Bowl less than a year ago.
We've seen what Toney can do for the Kansas City Chiefs in the past. He's had big games and several occasions in the past where he's scored a touchdown or had a big play. From what we've seen from Toney since he's been on the Chiefs, the last game was an outlier for him. Yes, Toney has struggled with injuries, and getting him to be on the field has been a battle at times, but for the most part, when he's been on the field, Toney has been a factor for Kansas City.
Toney should be getting the benefit of the doubt for now unless the drops and bad performances continue. For now, fans should be expecting a big bounce-back game from Toney. Toney should also be given a little bit of slack given that he missed all of training camp and preseason due to injury. So, he hasn't gotten a chance to build up the rapport with Patrick Mahomes and the offense. Toney has even shown maturity in taking responsibility for his drops at practice this past week and even stayed after to work on his hands.
If there's one thing we've learned about Andy Reid over the years, it's that he makes it a point to keep guys involved even after bad performances or bad plays during the game. Fans should expect nothing less than some plays designed specifically for Toney to get his confidence back up and get him back to being productive.
Worth mentioning that Toney had his big breakout game in a Chiefs uniform last season against the Jacksonville Jaguars when he had 6 touches for 90 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. If there's ever a time for Toney to earn the team and the fans' trust back, it's in week two at Jacksonville.