Chiefs Watch: Three Players to Watch Out for in 2023

The Kansas City Chiefs are getting prepared to go into Training Camp to get ready for the 2023 NFL Season. They have enjoyed the long break and Super Bowl championship, now it is time for the unit to get back to business to bring home another Lombardi Trophy. Here are three players to watch out for this upcoming season.

  1. Skyy Moore

Chiefs wide receiver Skyy Moore is looking to have a breakout season. The former second-round pick has had an intense off-season working with Patrick Mahomes and other Chiefs receivers. After a tough start to the 2022 season, he finished his season strong and was able to show Coach Reid and the staff he is capable of being a weapon in Kansas City for years to come. Skyy did not score a touchdown all season, but he finally got one when it mattered most, to put the Chiefs in prime position to win the Super Bowl.

This off-season he has shown exceptional improvement and has been working on his connection with Mahomes. Mahomes stated in multiple interviews that Skyy Moore is someone to watch out for this upcoming season. In OTA’s he was one of the few standouts and Coach Reid is excited for his role this next season. Expect Moore to contribute more this season as a receiver in the offense and take off the load of star TE Travis Kelce.

2. George Karlaftis

This upcoming season for George Karlafis will be important and will have a larger role than what he had last season. With the departure of Frank Clark and no indication of the return of Carlos Dunlap, Karlaftis will have to have a solid sophomore campaign.

Karlaftis totaled seven sacks last season, including one in the AFC Championship game. The former first-round pick did some work this off-season with former All-Pro Tamba Hali and is looking to have a breakout season. He’ll have to be a leader off the edge as the Chiefs added Charles Omenhieu and drafted Felix Anudike-Uzomah in the first round, finally giving the Chiefs a younger and more versatile rotation off the edge. If Karlaftis can avoid a sophomore slump, watch for the Chiefs to have another season with one of the best-sacking defenses in the league.

3. Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney has been a hot topic the whole off-season, especially after the departure of Juju Smith-Schuster. The former first-round pick by the Giants has a chance to establish himself as the number-one wideout in this KC offense and has received high praise from guys like Mahomes and offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

Toney has all of the tools to become the best wide receiver on the team, but health issues and a lack of consistent snaps last season left a lot to be desired. KT only suited up for six games last season and only amassed 171 yards, he spent a lot of time either on the injury report or on the sideline as he was recovering from lingering hamstring issues. If he truly wants to become an important piece of the team, he needs to stay focused on being on the field all the time.

All of the issues Toney had this past season were put to rest once he played in the Super Bowl. Toney broke the record for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history, a return which put the offense in position to score. He also scored a TD in the Super Bowl (the infamous corndog play) even though he had limited snaps. If Toney’s body can handle the strain of a long season and continue to showcase his shiftiness and speed, it’s golden for the Chiefs in 2023.

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