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Andy Reid expects big role for 1 young Chiefs player next season

Andy Reid on the sideline

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid against the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After largely being carried to a Super Bowl ring as a rookie last season, one Kansas City Chief will likely be doing some lifting of his own in 2023.

Speaking this week with Steve Wyche of NFL Network, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that he expects a bigger role for wide receiver Skyy Moore next season after the departures of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman.

“We are expecting Skyy Moore to step up,” Reid said. “We’ll just see how everything else works. We got the same guys coming back that we had, and we like that group with the exception of JuJu.

“Mecole was banged up a little bit so he didn’t have a chance to play as much as he would have wanted,” Reid went on. “We’ll work out the thing without JuJu. Somebody will have to step up and take that spot.”

The 22-year-old Moore was Kansas City’s second-round draft pick in 2022 (No. 54 overall). He was mostly an afterthought in the offense as a rookie, finishing with just 22 catches for 250 yards. But in the little run that he did get, Moore showed off some great footwork and separation ability. He also had a huge moment in the Super Bowl, coming down with the Chiefs’ final touchdown of the game in their eventual 38-35 victory over Philadelphia.

With the losses of Smith-Schuster and Hardman in free agency (both to teams in the AFC East), Kansas City’s wide receiver room is now a bit thin. Kadarius Toney is injury-prone, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling is more of a one-dimensional deep threat. That creates a big window of opportunity for the former Western Michigan star Moore, and Reid is expecting him to run right through it.

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