The last time Kansas City Chiefs fans saw Skyy Moore on the field, things were different. The Chiefs' memories of a blundering 20-17 loss to Buffalo were still fresh, Kansas City was slipping in the standings, and the offense remained woeful.
That all seems like a distant memory, with Super Bowl LVIII just days away. But Moore's problems this past season came rushing back after Kansas City activated the wide receiver on Wednesday.
Per the NFL transaction wire, the Chiefs activated Moore off injured reserve while placing defensive end Charles Omenihu on injured reserve. Omenihu's season was already cut short after he tore his ACL in the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. However, activating Moore just days before the biggest game of the season has caused some conflicting emotions.
Kansas City is playing with fire if they add Skyy Moore to the offensive gameplan.
I get it; just because Kansas City activated him doesn't mean he will be in the offensive game plan. But even that being a possibility brings an uneasy cloud over Las Vegas. Moore hasn't played since mid-December, and while Kansas City's offense hasn't been perfect, it has been consistent.
Patrick Mahomes. Travis Kelce. Isiah Pacheco. Rashee Rice. That's it. That is the formula that brought Kansas City through the postseason, rebounding from the Christmas Day loss. Kansas City has finally ended the revolving door at wide receiver, instead riding a few chosen players for the postseason push.
Adding Moore would be volatile, or even downright foolish. He is an acceptable insurance policy in case Kadarius Toney doesn't suit up against the San Francisco 49ers. But there is no way Moore should play in the majority of offensive snaps, as he has done 11 times this season.
Moore is only credited with one drop this season, but his role in Kansas City's league-leading number of drops feels bigger. Patrick Mahomes had a meager 53.5 passer rating when targeting Moore. Mecole Hardman is the only Chiefs player with a worse rating, with Mahomes throwing the ball. He hasn't had more than 34 yards in a game since September, failing to convert multiple targets into results.
I agree that Moore has the tools and fit to succeed in the NFL. NFL Network's Steve Smith Sr. predicted that Moore would be a 1,200-yard receiver in his second season with the Chiefs after a disappointing rookie campaign. Believe it or not, his 2023 production was worse in nearly every facet. At some point, potential has to become production, and that hasn't happened for Moore.
Kansas City cannot plan on that suddenly happening on the biggest stage. Moore's supporters will point out his touchdown reception in Super Bowl LVII, but that is more of an exception than the rule. Even if he is on the gameday roster, the Chiefs have a good thing going into Sunday's game. There is no reason for Moore to be an unnecessary addition that derails the whole train.