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Chiefs Announce Official Decision On Which Player Will Return Punts

Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney

Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney

The Kansas City Chiefs are finding a way to put the ball in the hands of their newest weapon more often.

Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub told reporters Thursday that wide receiver Kadarius Toney will serve as the team's primary punt returner moving forward. 

The Chiefs acquired the speedy second-year wideout from the New York Giants last month.

"Chiefs ST coordinator Dave Toub says Kadarius Toney is the punt returner going forward," Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star tweeted. "Adds, 'He's something with the ball in his hands.'"

Toney returned his first punts with the Chiefs last week, gaining 11 yards on two returns.

During his senior season at Florida in 2020, Toney averaged 12.6 yards per punt return and returned one punt for a touchdown.

Prior to Sunday, the Chiefs had been using fellow wide receivers Skyy Moore and Mecole Hardman to return punts. 

Moore, a rookie second-round draft pick, lost the punt return role after he lost his second fumble of the season in a Week 7 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He was replaced by Hardman, who missed Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with an illness, clearing the way for Toney to show what he could do as a return man.

This is the latest example of Toney impressing since he joined the Chiefs' roster. Toney, who played in just two games with the Giants this season, has caught star tight end Travis Kelce's eye as a playmaker. He caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

Toney will look to continue to expand his impact with the Chiefs when they face the Los Angeles Chargers this week on Sunday Night Football.