Toney had three costly drops in the Chiefs’ 21-20 home loss to the Lions on Thursday evening, one of which went into the arms of Detroit rookie safety Brian Branch for a pick-six:
Toney also had a drop on a 3rd-and-2 situation in the red zone that forced KC to settle for a field goal. And then on the Chiefs’ final drive, Toney dropped an easy pass that would have put the home team in field goal range. Kansas City wound up turning the ball over on downs, and the Lions melted the clock to pull off the upset.
The 2021 New York Giants’ first-round pick finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 29.7 for the evening. According to PFF’s Sam Monson, this is the worst single-game grade they’ve given a wide receiver in five years.
Kansas City needed its receivers to step up with star tight end Travis Kelce (bone bruise and hyper-extended knee) sidelined. Toney himself had just one reception for one yard, and Marques Valdes-Scantling led the team in receiving with only 48 yards on two catches.
The Chiefs will try to avoid starting the season 0-2 for the first time since 2014 when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.
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