Kadarius Toney has yet to fully realize his potential, a sentiment shared by many who believe he possesses greater capabilities.
The original plan for Toney’s second season with the Kansas City Chiefs was to increase his involvement in the offense, but this hasn’t materialized thus far.
In the first five games of the season, the wide receiver has accumulated just 14 receptions for 83 yards on 19 targets, statistics that fail to impress.
With JuJu Smith-Schuster signing with the New England Patriots in the 2023 free agency and Mecole Hardman joining the New York Jets, Toney was expected to become a more prominent target for the superstar quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.
The team is currently striving to comprehend why this intended progression hasn’t come to fruition, although the season still has numerous games remaining.
Taking full accountability for his underwhelming production, Toney expressed, “I told coach, I told Pat, I told all the guys, ‘That’s on me,'” Toney told ESPN. “At the end of the day, you all count on me and rely on me to make certain plays and I’ve got to be there to do that.’
At 24 years of age, Toney was a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and it’s commendable to see him acknowledge his performance shortcomings.