If it wasn’t for a punch late in the game, New York Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney would’ve walked away with an astronomical outlook for his future. With emotions beginning to boil over in the waning moments of a Giants loss to Dallas on Sunday evening, Toney reacted as Cowboys defender Damontae Kazee threw him to the ground at the end of a play. Toney proceeded to stand up and throw a punch at Kazee’s head, resulting in an ejection for the remainder of the game.
Kazee tosses Kadarius Toney to the ground, Engram gets shoved, Toney throws a punch, he's disqualified.
Not good. pic.twitter.com/gDIu6dKT9e
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) October 10, 2021
Aside from the moment of poor judgment, Toney had a phenomenal performance against Dallas, leading the team with 10 receptions and 189 yards. Toney averaged 18.9 yards per reception with a long of 38. He was far and away the Giants’ best playmaker on offense, and with Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, and Kenny Golladay all leaving due to injury, it was up to Kadarius to lead the unit.
In the fourth quarter, when the Giants were down by multiple scores, Toney helped lead a masterful drive downfield with Mike Glennon at quarterback. He counted for the majority of the team’s yardage, which resulted in a Devontae Booker touchdown from 3 yards out on a Glennon pass.
Without Toney, the offense would have been abysmal, as the only player who breached 50 yards in the contest was Evan Engram, who barely made an impact.
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The Giants watched their rookie elevate to stardom against Dallas, but his outburst of emotions gave fans a sour taste after years of Odell Beckham Jr. making egregious decisions during games. That is not to say Toney will end up being anything like OBJ, but if he can hardest those same talents and control his emotions, he has the potential to be one of the best players in the league.
Moving forward, the league will have to discipline Toney for his actions in the defeat, which could result in further suspension or a hefty fine. It is likely that both will be the result, but one way or another, the Giants’ offenses are in good hands once they get some of their primary weapons back. Luckily, the injury to Saquon Barkley isn’t believed to be significant, so he could make a return in the next 2–3 weeks.
Quarterback Daniel Jones was in good spirits after the game speaking with his parents, but he still has to pass concussion protocols before he can make a return to the practice field. Toney was also evaluated for an ankle injury after the game, so we should learn more about their injury situations later this upcoming week.