Giants’ HC Brian Daboll gushes over Kadarius Toney: ‘Fun guy to watch’

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The New York Giants are preparing to do anything possible to improve their salary cap situation this off-season, which could include trading several impact players away. Options like Saquon Barkley and cornerback James Bradberry make the most sense in terms of gaining more draft capital and clearing money to spend this off-season, but some have even considered the idea of finding a partner for Kadarius Toney.

Giants’ new GM Joe Schoen indicated during the NFL Combine on Tuesday that the team would stick with Toney and had no plans of trading him, and head coach Brian Daboll mimicked that sentiment.

Daboll had previously scouted Toney during his time with the Buffalo Bills, hitting on his explosive playmaking capabilities.

“Fun guy to watch,’’ Daboll said, via the NY Post. “Quickness, speed, play-making ability, he was a guy we looked at when I was at Buffalo coming out of Florida, he made some really wild plays.’’

This past season, Toney struggled with injuries, specifically ankle. He played in just 10 games, totaling 420 yards, including one electrifying performance against the Dallas Cowboys, where he accrued 189 all-purpose yards, which accounted for almost half his total on the season.

There is no question that Toney possesses the lateral agility and elite athleticism to become a phenomenal receiver in the NFL, but it all depends on his health.

Daboll isn’t worried about Toney’s extracurricular activities regarding his music, even stating that Toney sends him songs from time to time as they begin to grow a relationship through text and FaceTime. Ignoring his musical endeavors, Daboll is giving every player on the team a fresh opportunity to prove they can be contributing factors moving forward because if not, the team will clearly not tolerate any more distractions.

“When you take over a new job and I hope that would be the case for any of us, you get a clean slate,’’ Daboll said. “Everybody’s new, we’re all starting from scratch here. And we’re gonna do this thing together. There will be certain expectations for the people in our building, one being a pro. You can give me 1,000 different definitions of what it means to be a pro. Being on time, working hard, all the things that we talk about. All these players and all the new coaches, including myself, it’s a clean slate.’’

Developing a scheme centered around player strengths, Daboll and new offensive coordinator Mike Kafka have already begun asking the important questions. The Buffalo Bills threw the ball about 70% of the time last season, and the Chiefs also feature a phenomenal passing game, so we should expect the Giants to utilize Toney in creative ways to maximize his electrifying skill set.

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