The New York Giants have a superstar in their midst. After an up-and-down rookie season, 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney is primed for a breakout season. The Giants drafted Toney with the 20th pick in last year’s draft and saw Toney quickly turn heads with his tackle-breaking ability. The potential is there for Kadarius to be a lethal weapon in Brian Daboll’s new offense. PFF recently discussed the “secret superstars” for each NFL team, citing Kadarius Toney as that for the New York Giants.
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Why PFF thinks Kadarius Toney is the Giants’ next superstar:
It’s difficult for a former first-round receiver to be a secret superstar, but that’s how far the narrative has shifted on Toney. When the Giants drafted Wan’Dale Robinson in the second round of the draft, many expected Toney to be traded away shortly thereafter. Toney’s rookie season was disjointed, but a dominant day against Dallas in Week 5 showed what he is capable of. He possesses rare movement skills and showed in that game he can win all over the field. Many have written him off after an underwhelming season, but the Giants’ leading receiver had 521 yards — such was the disaster of the passing game at large. With more opportunities coming Toney’s way this season, we could yet see impressive play from the second-year wideout. – PFF on Kadarius Toney
Kadarius Toney could have a breakout season in 2022
Kadarius Toney was a surprising selection in the first round of last year’s draft. Wide receiver was not a direction many fans anticipated the Giantss going in the draft, but the surprise was one by which to be excited. Kadarius Toney has a rare ability to break tackles and create yards after the catch. Although, one might not be able to appreciate Toney’s skills after watching him play during his rookie season.
Toney played in only 10 games in 2021 as injuries kept him sidelined for portions of the season. Whenever KT was on the field, though, he was a true difference-maker. In those 10 games, Kadarius Toney totaled 39 receptions for 420 yards and often looked like the best player on the field.
Combining Kadarius Toney’s injury struggles with the Giants’ general struggles on offense created a somewhat lackluster rookie season for the Giants’ first-round draft pick. But when Toney was playing at his best, his “superstar” potential was evident. From leaving Trevon Diggs in the dust to breaking the ankles of Saints defenders to convert third-and-18, Kadarius Toney flashed elite potential as a rookie.
Look, there aren’t many players let alone humans on this planet that can move like Kadarius Toney.
You don’t give up on this yet, another team who trust their coaches will turn him into a super star.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) April 22, 2022
Toney is back at it again in training camp, making spectacular catches and looking like an improved version of the player we saw last season:
DAMN! What a catch by Kadarius Toney, juggling the ball in the end zone and getting his feet in ??
Toney SZN #NYG
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) July 27, 2022
The New York Giants offense needs to improve this year. They ranked 31st in the NFL in points per game in 2021. Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka are taking over and planning to maximize the talents of their playmakers. Kadarius Toney is in store for an electric 2022 season under the new offensive coaching staff.