Chiefs Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be considered a veteran leader for the Chiefs wide receiver corps this NFL season.
Valdes-Scantling was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons in Green Bay before signing a three-year $30 million with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2022 offseason.
Last season for the Chiefs, Valdes-Scantling had 42 catches for 687 yards and two touchdowns. This offseason, Kansas City lost wide receiver Juju-Smith Schuster, so Marquez Valdes-Scantling should have a bigger role on offense. Not only that, but MVS will be one of the veteran leaders for the young, but-talented Chiefs wide receiver room.
Here are the three young WRs that will contribute alongside MVS this season and who hope to learn a thing or two from the former NC State product.
Rashee Rice was a three-star prospect out of North Richland Hills, Texas. He went to Richland High School, where he was named first-team all-district as a junior after recording 72 catches, 1,386 yards, and 19 TDs.
Hill attended college at SMU, where he had a productive college career. He totaled 233 catches, 3111 yards, and 25 TDs. He was also named First-Team AAC in 2022. Rice was drafted in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Kadarius Toney was a three-star recruit out of Mobile, Ala. He was a dual-threat quarterback for Blount High School in Eight Mile, Alabama. Toney was named 2016 Class 6A Back of the Year after throwing for 2,894 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 894 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He attended the University of Florida. There he finsihed his career with 38 games played, 120 catches for 1,590 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He also rushed for 580 yards and two touchdowns. Toney was named First-Team All-SEC in 2020 and Second-Team All-American in 2020.
The New York Giants drafted Toney in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He spent a season and a half for New York before being traded to the Chiefs on Oct. 27 for a third and a sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Toney played in nine games for Kansas City and recorded 16 receptions for 171 yards and two receiving touchdowns. His game-changing 65-yard punt return set an NFL record for the longest punt return in Super Bowl History, surpassing Jordan Norwood's 61-yard punt return in Super Bowl 50.
Moore started his high school career at Valley High School in New Kensington, Pa., before finishing at Shady Side Academy in Fox, Chapel, Pa. He was a two-time Allegheny Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback and was also named Defensive Player of the Year as a defensive back.
Moore attended the University of Western Michigan, where he had 171 catches for 2,482 yards and 16 touchdowns in 30 games for the Broncos. In 2019, Moore was named First-Team All-Mac (the first Bronco wide receiver to do so since Corey Davis in 2016). He also became the first freshman to be First-Team All-lLague since Roger Lewis of Bowling Green did it in 1982.
The Chiefs drafted Moore in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He played in 16 games last season, catching 22 passes for 250 yards. He scored his first-career touchdown in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 57 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
How Marquez Valdes-Scantling Will Mentor Chiefs Young WRs
Toney, Moore, and Rice are supremely talented, and having a veteran leader like Marquez Valdes-Scantling should help the equation. All four can stretch the field for Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and will be viewed as offensive weapons this season.
Valdes-Scantling has a year in the Chiefs system, so with Smith-Schuster's departure, he will help shepherd in a new crop of Chiefs wide receivers.
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