The Kansas City Chiefs desperately need one of their wide receivers to step up and become a go-to target for Patrick Mahomes. Outside of superstar tight end Travis Kelce and talented rookie receiver Rashee Rice, the Chiefs' receiving corps has offered little help to their MVP quarterback.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling isn't a possession receiver who quarterbacks target any time they need a play, but he has always had game-changing ability with his speed.
But he hasn't been able to make that kind of impact in Kansas City consistently this season. MVS is on pace for career-low numbers, having caught only 19 passes for 295 yards and one touchdown. Valdes-Scantling has two drops this season, including a potential game-winning touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It's a surprise to see Valdes-Scantling's numbers this year. He made an impact for the Chiefs in 2022, helping them win a Super Bowl. MVS put up 687 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season, and his six-catch, 116-yard, one-touchdown performance in the AFC Championship Game played a vital role in the Chiefs reaching the Super Bowl.
Kansas City needs Valdes-Scantling to get back to his game-changing best to have a chance to retain its title this season.