The New York Giants are expecting a lot from second-year receiver Kadarius Toney after an electrifying rookie season that was otherwise riddled with injury. Toney suffered an ankle injury during training camp, which carried over into the regular season and limited his production despite a few stand-out performances.
He finished the season with 420 yards and failed to get into the end zone but came close on multiple occasions. However, he did have 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% catch rate, and 18.9 yards per reception.
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What makes Toney so electric is his stop-and-go abilities. He generated eight missed tackles force in those two games, putting his talents on the map for the world to see. If he can maintain his health this upcoming season, there is no question that Toney can be one of the most exciting playmakers in football.
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports specified Kadarius Toney’s elite YAC abilities:
Toney is a dazzling yards-after-the-catch play waiting to happen. He was barely fully healthy as a rookie yet managed a bulky 6.0 YAC per reception average, which tied for the eighth-highest figure among all qualifying receivers in football. That 6.0 YAC per reception figure was the same as Chris Godwin’s and Cooper Kupp’s, of course, at a much different volume.
Being dynamic with the ball in his hands is not new behavior from Toney. That was his trademark at Florida. He’s a freaky athletic specimen, too. And the Giants can’t be infected by the injury bug as badly as they were in 2021, so opposing defenses will have a fair share of legit talent to scheme to stop outside of Toney.
The former first-round pick will be viewed as one of the NFL’s most dynamic gadget-type weapons after his second season.
Toney wore a red jersey during training camp this off-season as the Giants tried to mitigate any future problems. After the 2021 season, Toney underwent surgery to clean up his knee, an issue that wasn’t presented last season. Despite the surgery, Toney is expected to be fully ready for training camp, allowing him to get involved in the offensive system and build chemistry with quarterback Daniel Jones.