During the week 6 game between the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Rams, a lot of eyes will be on Kadarius Toney and Jalen Ramsey.
Toney, after all, is coming off a breakout performance where he led the Giants offense in yardage and showed some truly impressive mobility. Ramsey, on the other hand, has long been a premier corner and will have the task of shutting down whatever receiver he’s assigned to cover.
There’s practically a made-for-TV matchup there, if Ramsey does end up covering Toney rather than Sterling Shepard or Darius Slayton.
It’s also a matchup that Toney was asked about during Friday’s media availability. The Giants rookie, however, wasn’t making a big deal about it.
“Itâ€™s football, everybody has their on-plays and off-plays,” Toney said when asked if Ramsey can cover him. “Itâ€™s equal when you step on the field.”
Ramsey is a player that has a tendency to get under the skin of the opposing team’s wide receivers. But Toney isn’t too worried about that happening.
“If thatâ€™s what he wants to do, then thatâ€™s just what heâ€™s going to do. If heâ€™s going to try â€“ I mean, you can always attempt, but you canâ€™t always get the result that you want out of it.”
He called his ejection in last week’s game part of a learning process, and said to not expect anything like it again. From the looks of things, Toney plans on taking a quiet approach to dealing with the opposing team.
“Iâ€™m a silent assassin. I donâ€™t talk to nobody on the field,” he assured.
Kadarius Toney showing chemistry with Daniel Jones already
It’s important for a wide receiver to have good chemistry with the quarterback. After an offseason where Toney had multiple absences, some wondered if Toney would be able to build that chemistry from Jones.
But from the looks of things, the first few weeks of the season have been enough to establish a bond. When asked about rushing to Jones after his concussion, Toney had some positive things to say about his relationship with his quarterback.
“Thatâ€™s my brother. Thatâ€™s my dog. At the end of the day, if heâ€™s hurt, Iâ€™m hurt. That really kind of made me go harder, just knowing that he wasnâ€™t able to do what heâ€™ll normally do, like contribute as much as he can, just put another chip on my shoulder.”
There’s a fair chance for Jones and Toney to build more chemistry in week 6. Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay have been ruled out for tomorrow’s game, and even if Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton make a return, both players may be rusty after missing two weeks of action.
That assumes, of course, that Jones plays. While Jones has cleared the concussion protocol, whether or not he should start remains a controversial subject.
Barring a setback, there’s no more roadblocks to Jones returning to the field. But the decision is in the hands of the coaching staff. It’s still unknown to the public just how cautious the coaching staff intends to be with Jones’ return.
With that being said, the performance against Dallas shows us that Toney can still play dangerously even if Mike Glennon is at quarterback.
And given the controversy around bringing Jones back the week following his concussion, we may just end up seeing Glennon making passes to Toney instead on Sunday if Joe Judge makes the more cautious choice and rests Jones.