Poised for more downfield work?
Chiefs GM Brett Veach believes Toney has a "vertical game" and can become more than a "gadget guy", ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.
The Chiefs traded for the 2021 first-round pick in late October and put him in a part-time role that included 17 targets (7.3 aDOT), 10 punt returns and five carries in seven regular-season games. The nagging lower-body injuries that limited Toney in New York carried over to Kansas City, but he ultimately had a big hand in the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory with his eight total snaps in the big game including a five-yard TD catch and 65-yard punt return (both in the fourth quarter). He's now one of the top candidates to start at wide receiver for KC in 2023, along with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Richie James, 2022 second-round pick Skyy Moore and 2023 second-rounder Rashee Rice. While Toney's 4.39 speed has mostly been on display with the ball in his hands to this point in his career, Veach seems to think the third-year wideout can have more of an impact running routes behind defenses and catching deep throws from Patrick Mahomes in 2023.
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Toney, who logged two snaps on offense in Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears, caught his only target in the contest for a loss of one yard.
Mahomes avoided any significant injuries during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
McKinnon rushed twice for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 19 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears.
Edwards-Helaire had 15 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for two yards in Sunday's 41-10 win over Chicago.
Rice caught five of seven targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 41-10 win over Chicago.
Pacheco (hamstring) had 15 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown while catching two of three targets for 16 receiving yards in Sunday's 41-10 win over Chicago.
Kelce turned eight targets into seven receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears.
Mahomes completed 24 of his 33 pass attempts for 272 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears. He added 28 rushing yards on three carries.
Toney (toe) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Pacheco (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears.