We finally know why Kadarius Toney can't get on the field.
Well, Andy Reid addressed Toney's lack of playing time in today's media availability, giving us an answer to one of the more confusing conundrums of the year.
Andy Reid Finally Explains Kadarius Toney's Lack of Playing Time
Reid told reporters that the team wants to ensure Toney is healthy for the long haul, an understandable goal given his game-changing punt return in last year's Super Bowl win.
Toney has just one target in each of his last three games, a stark downfall from the five targets he got in both of Kansas City's first two games. He's played less than 25% of the snaps for three consecutive weeks, trailing behind every other active wide receiver in that stretch.
Given the hype around Toney entering 2023 and how much Chiefs' receivers have struggled, Toney's lack of involvement was stunning for fans. I've frequently wondered why Toney's snaps were limited despite his obvious talent, and now we know why.
While I want to see Toney's explosiveness showcased more, I'm happy to wait until the playoffs. The Chiefs are clear favorites to win the No. 1 seed in the AFC even without playing Toney, so Andy Reid deserves the benefit of the doubt on his strategy here.
Let's hope Reid's gamble pays off, because Toney is too talented and too much fun to keep on the sidelines otherwise.
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