ESPN’s pick for NY Giants ‘X-factor’ in 2022 is spot on

NY Giants, Kadarius Toney. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NY Giants, Kadarius Toney. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Just how good can the NY Giants be this year? Everyone is waiting to see how new head coach Brian Daboll can turn things around, as the offense’s potential is providing people with so much excitement right now. The days of Joe Judge and Jason Garrett are – thankfully – no more in East Rutherford.

With that said, countless stars on both sides of the field are going to have to take their games to the next level in 2022. In a new piece, ESPN released its X-factors for each squad across the board. Their pick for the Giants was 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney, who had an up and down rookie campaign. How will he fare this fall?

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"“Wide receiver Kadarius Toney has had an eventful first year-plus in the NFL, including being at the center of trade rumors earlier this offseason that have since died down,” ESPN’s Ben Linsey wrote. “When he was on the field as a rookie last season, Toney looked like the dynamic playmaker the Giants drafted him in the first round to be. He was one of just 15 wide receivers in the league to average over 2 receiving yards per route run on at least 100 routes. The issue seems to be him staying on the field. Toney sat out OTAs following a minor arthroscopic surgery that he had on a knee this offseason.”"

Last season for the G-Men, Toney was limited to just 39 receptions for 420 yards and no touchdowns. Everyone figured he and Kenny Golladay would explode for the Giants in their respective first campaigns with the NFC East side, but the opposite was true. Their play was frustrating to watch at times.

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Looking ahead to this season, however, both guys have what it takes to silence all of their haters and really turn heads. Toney was at the center of trade rumors this offseason, but he’s putting all of that outside noise in the past. If quarterback Daniel Jones can stay healthy and succeed in Mike Kafka’s offense, it will obviously be huge for Toney. Only time will tell how things go for Toney, but his potential is through the roof, no doubt.