Joe Judge: Issues with Kadarius Toney have been overinflated

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The Giants took wide receiver Kadarius Toney in the first round of this year’s draft, but they didn’t have him on the field as much as they would have hoped in his first offseason with the team.

Toney had cleat issues during rookie minicamp, skipped the team’s voluntary OTA practices and missed practice time during the team’s mandatory minicamp. His availability for the start of training camp is in question after he landed on the COVID-19 reserve list, but none of those developments have created concerns for head coach Joe Judge.

“This guy does a tremendous job in meetings,” Judge said, via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “He does a great job in walkthroughs. He practices hard. So that to me is really the measuring stick of what it is. And I think there are a lot of things early in this guy’s career that are, to be honest with you, being overinflated. It hasn’t detracted from the actual football when he’s involved with us.”

While Judge said he’s “seen a lot of improvement” from Toney since the draft, his positive feelings about the rookie come with a caveat. He said there’s “always a learning curve” for rookies and believes “it takes a season for these guys to really get rolling” as NFL receivers, so Toney’s immediate contributions may not be massive for the Giants.

9 responses to “Joe Judge: Issues with Kadarius Toney have been overinflated

  1. Super, super talented WR. Super, super amount of red flags coming out of college. The coach is going to look at the bright side of these as long as he can. There sometimes reaches a point when the individual, although talented, becomes a negative for the team. The Giants are traveling down that road. They haven’t reached that point yet, but the signs are starting to appear. These are the things that take away the harmony between the coach and the GM. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point. Judge, as many coaches do, seems very calm. I don’t know how is in behind closed doors.

  2. Flash forward one year. Things were tough on him but he has grown. We love this kid and he gets it now. Jump to year 3 I dont know if he is going to turn it on this year, I do know he is in the best shape of his life. Year 4 this is it he may or may not be on our team. It’s up to him to decide we have two young kids who want to be here. It’s all on him. Year five I hear it’s nicer in Canada…

  3. I will translate:the Giants got caught watching paint dry when Philly traded up to take Smith. They didn’t really have a backup plan. Now they realize that Toney is a gadget guy that is not ready to contribute. Trouble with his cleats? Are you kidding me? How this player thought it was a good idea to skip the voluntary OTA’s is a mystery

  4. A first round pick could be asleep in meetings and these head coaches would be like, “he’s so focused! NOBODY DOES ALL THE FOCUSING BETTER.”

  5. He’s gonna need a year regardless as he’s relatively new to the position. Still, trading down and getting the bears first rounder next year was the right call.

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