1. Injuries for Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and more
Thibodeaux was far from the only Giant wearing a red jersey during minicamp, with much of the wide receivers room joining him on the sidelines. Receivers Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney saw no action during the camp, with Kenny Golladay and Collin Johnson listed as limited participants.
It is an unfortunate start to the offseason for the unit which has been so bad over the past few seasons in East Rutherford. Ahead of 2021, they had significant hype, even being ranked 12th by PFF heading into the year. The unit failed to live up to the “top-five potential” PFF labelled it with – in large part due to the new pairing of Toney and Golladay combining for no touchdowns after struggling with injuries and an uninspiring offensive scheme under Jason Garrett.
Whether or not it is warranted, there is again some hope for the unit in 2022. With additions like Wan’Dale Robinson, as well as an improved offensive line and an offense led by Daboll and Mike Kafka, the unit could see a significant bounce back in 2022.
Of course, this is all a projection of what “could be” rather than anything which has been displayed just yet. For that reason, the unit has to be at the top of Giants fans’ concerns at this stage with so many pieces still on the sidelines and watching. The impact the receiver room has on the team is far bigger than just 2022, with players such as Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley needing help from the unit to see their careers extended in New York.
While it is still very early in the preseason program in New York, it should be of some concern that many of the Giants’ most important players are once again on the injured list. There is certainly reason for optimism under the new regime, but it is important the few star players this current roster possesses are healthy and contributing both on the training field and on Sundays come September.