Kadarius Toney “ready to play” after “frustrating” start to NFL career

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Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney‘s first months as an NFL player didn’t got as planned.

Toney was a first-round pick in April, but called his transition to the NFL “frustrating” on Wednesday. It has been complicated by foot issues in the spring, a positive COVID-19 test, and a hamstring injury that hampered him this summer. Toney didn’t play in the preseason and was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, but called himself “ready to play” in the opener against the Broncos.

Giants head coach Joe Judge was asked how big a role was realistic for the rookie right out of the gate.

“I’d say in terms of significant, I look at that not so much as volume, but production,” Judge said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I’d say it is realistic for him to have a significant role based on how he practices this week. We’re seeing his health improve, we’ve seen him do a lot of things with the team as we’ve kept on moving. He’s handled the installs very well. I’d say for a player who hasn’t seen obviously preseason games or a lot of significant time volume-wise on the field with the guys through preseason, he’s been able to go out there and manage it and execute in practice what we’ve asked him to.”

The Giants drafted Toney because they thought his presence will help boost quarterback Daniel Jones to a higher level in his third season. The preseason was never going to provide an answer about whether they were right and a couple of good plays in the opener would help Toney’s outlook go from frustrating to promising quickly.

2 responses to “Kadarius Toney “ready to play” after “frustrating” start to NFL career

  1. They spent all their resources this year on WR when it was already their strongest unit. Golladay will get traded away this offseason after he fails to make an impact because he is a bad fit for the Giants offense. Also, Jones will spend most of the game on his back since they have one of the worst offensive lines in football.

    Good thing Gettleman is friends with Mara because he certainly doesn’t have the job on merit.

  2. Well there are a lot of mouths to feed on the giants offense after the offseason so it’s hard to believe he will have a large role. They wanted to make sure Jones had weapons and besides retaining Shepherd, Slayton and Engram they brought in Golladay, Ross, Toney, Booker and Rudolph so now it’s up to Jones to be productive and keep the chains moving

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