These young players can be NY Giants’ building blocks in 2022, beyond
By Reese Nasser
Wide Receiver, Kadarius Toney
The NY Giants shocked many when they decided to select Kadarius Toney with the 20th pick of the 2020 draft. Through this point in the season, Toney has left many to wonder just how good he can be.
Toney has missed significant time dealing with both an array of injuries and Covid. This, paired alongside his overall lack of usage over the first three games of the season hurt Toney’s stats significantly.
But there is still a reason to get excited when watching the rookie receiver. He is a prolific athlete who can make plays as long as he is able to get the ball into his hands. And when he’s on, he is on.
Excluding the first three games of the season where Toney was targeted just five times, and games in weeks six and nine where he was forced out due to injury, Toney was arguably the WR1 for this team. He was targeted at least five times in every other game he appeared in. He also reached double-digit targets twice, with the most being 13.
A week five loss to the Dallas Cowboys, while being a bad game for the Giants, proved to be a coming out party for Toney. In what was his best game of the season, he caught 10 passes for 189 yards. He also ran this route here against Trevon Diggs.
The potential for Toney to be one of the league’s best receivers is there.
The rest of the offense just has to fall into place. In just a few games that he has appeared in, he has already proven to be one of the most electric players in the NFL. If the Giants can incorporate more pre-snap motion and allow Toney to move heavily before the ball is snapped, Toney may be put into a situation where he can really thrive.
It’s hard to envision Toney not excelling in a role similar to that of Tyreek Hill’s. If the offense can utilize him in that same way, the Giants could have a star on their team. Regardless, Toney should be a piece of this team for a long time.