Giants WR Kadarius Toney receives rave review from NFL analyst


The New York Giants have high expectations for second-year wide receiver Kadarius Toney after an electrifying rookie season that was otherwise riddled with injuries. Toney suffered an ankle injury during training camp, which carried over into the regular season and limited his production despite some outstanding performances.

He finished the season with 420 yards and failed to get into the end zone, but got close on several occasions. However, he had two phenomenal outings against the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. Against the Saints in Week 4, he recorded 78 yards with 13 yards per reception. Against Dallas in Week 5, he recorded 189 yards, a 76.9 percent catch rate, and 18.9 yards per reception.

What makes Toney so electric is his stop and go abilities. He generated eight missed tackles in those two games, putting his talents on the map for the world to see. If he can maintain his health this coming season, there is no doubt that Toney can be one of the most exciting playmakers in football.

Toney is a dazzling yard-after-catch game waiting to happen. He was barely at full health as a rookie, but managed a voluminous 6.0 YAC average per reception, which was the eighth-highest figure among all qualified receivers in football. That 6.0 YAC per reception figure was the same as Chris Godwin and Cooper Kupp, of course, at a very different volume.

Being dynamic with the ball in hand is nothing new at Toney. It was his trademark in Florida. He is also a bizarre athletic specimen. And the Giants can’t be infected with the injury bug as badly as they were in 2021, so opposing defenses will have plenty of legitimate talent to plan for a stop outside of Toney.

The former first-round pick will go down as one of the NFL’s most dynamic gimmick-type weapons after his sophomore season.

Toney wore a red jersey during training camp this offseason as the Giants tried to mitigate any future issues. Following the 2021 season, Toney underwent surgery to clean up his knee, an issue that was not featured last season. Despite the surgery, Toney should be fully ready for training camp, which will allow him to get involved in the offensive system and build chemistry with quarterback Daniel Jones.


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