The Chiefs Should Still Trust Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney's ability to break tackles is unmatched among Chiefs receivers
Kadarius Toney's ability to break tackles is unmatched among Chiefs receivers / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kadarius Toney is among the most-maligned Chiefs players this season, both for fair reasons and unfair ones.

Yes, his drops are an issue. They were an issue for Tyreek Hill too, but his talent outweighed the problems. I still believe in Toney and think the Chiefs should too.

Toney has made mistakes, but the degree to which he's making errors is vastly overblown. He's an important part of this team and will make an impact play in the playoffs.

Why the Chiefs Should Believe in Kadarius Toney

Toney's hands are not as big of an issue as Chiefs fans are making them out to be. He was elite at catching the ball in college, and his drop against the Patriots was his first since the disastrous Week 1 loss to the Lions.

He did have the ill-fated offsides penalty, but it seems obvious the referees set him up for failure. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes were irate for a reason, so I'm not counting the offsides penalty against Toney, especially given how horrible officiating has been this year.

Turn on the film for five minutes and it's clear Toney is the Chiefs' most explosive, dynamic player with the ball in his hands. In my opinion, Kansas City has misused the versatile threat for most of the year with a series of gadget plays when they should just get the ball to his hands in space.

I'd love to see the Chiefs experiment with handoffs, making Toney the lightning to Isiah Pacheco's thunder. He wouldn't have to catch the ball and we could see if he's got some chops out of the backfield.

Even if they keep Toney at receiver, this is an incredible player in space that can change the outcome of a game with only a few touches.

That kind of player has value. He's made critical errors, but this is still a guy who can make the most important play in a postseason game.

The Chiefs are stuck with Toney, though I see that as a good thing. It's darkest before the dawn and I see light at the end of the tunnel.

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