On Thursday, the (5-2) Kansas City Chiefs acquired New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney in a trade for two 2023 draft picks. The draft capital the Giants received in exchange for Toney is a third-round conditional draft pick and a 2023 sixth-round draft pick. The trade will not be finalized until Toney passes a physical.
This trade gives the Chiefs another receiver who can thrive in the Chiefs' pass-heavy offense led by their offensive guru of a head coach Andy Reid and arguably the best quarterback in the NFL in Patrick Mahomes. The former 2021 first-round draft pick has struggled this season in the Giants' new offense led by coach Brian Daboll.
The former Florida Gator standout is under contract through 2024 with a player option in 2025. Toney has been sabotaged by an injured hamstring this season that has cost him to miss the Giants' past five games. The Giants have surprised many this season with a (6-1) record which is second in a surprisingly competitive NFC East Division this season with the Philadelphia Eagles being the only undefeated team left standing at (6-0) and the Dallas Cowboys sitting at (5-2) respectively led by their stellar defensive unit with the favorite for Defensive Player of the Year in Micah Parsons at the helm.
Toney believes he rushed from his right hamstring injury which caused him to injure his left one shortly after. He tweaked his hamstring in a 19-16 Week 2 win against the Carolina Panthers, with the other occurring in an Oct 5. practice. Toney has had an underwhelming start to his career thus far due to missing 12 of a possible 24 games in his career due to injuries and a stint with COVID-19.
Since trading the scintillating Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins the Chiefs have revamped their wide receiver core with Juju Smith-Schuster (494 yards), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (369 yards), who were both signed during free agency, and now acquiring Toney from the Giants.
Switching from a quarterback with a 62.7 QBR rating in Daniel Jones to 76.8 in Mahomes should make a world of a difference considering the Chiefs emphasize the passing game more due to Mahomes elite level accuracy, arm strength, and ability to make plays under pressure for his teammates and for himself.
The Chiefs currently rank first in passing yards, touchdowns, passing touchdowns, and yards per game in the NFL which should only give Toney even more of an opportunity to make an impact for a team that can contend for a Super Bowl if all things go right.
Can Toney stay healthy and make an impact on his new squad? Don’t count him out just yet as Mahomes and Reid will sure find a way to make him impactful.