New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney earns optimistic review from Joe Schoen

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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) catches the ball during organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Nfl Ny Giants Practice

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney has all the potential in the world but injuries continue to hold back his development and progress as a professional.

Playing in 10 games last year, Toney recorded 420 yards and a 68.4% catch rate. However, an unbelievable performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 put him on the map, recording 189 yards from scrimmage and nearly scoring on multiple occasions.

A healthy Toney is a human joystick, paired with the capabilities to make a huge impact offensively. The Giants are a better team with him on the field, there’s no question about that. However, Toney has faced plenty of adversity this off-season, ranging from trade rumors to questions regarding his commitment to the sport.

The negative attention continues to swirl after Toney missed all of the preseason nursing a leg injury that has otherwise been vague.

“He didn’t play in any preseason games, so I’m excited to see him get on the field in a game in a meaningful opportunity and know the playbook and make plays,” GM Joe Schoen said.

Toney referenced the importance of mindset when battling these challenges and roadblocks.

“I mean, it’s just all adversity. It’s all about how you get through. It’s a mindset, a mentality thing. I feel good to be back, though,” Toney said, via Patricia Traina of SI.

The New York Giants do project Kadarius Toney to be healthy:

Despite his health issues, the Giants expect Toney to be available for Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. He’s slowly getting back to 100%, but any given movement can set him back weeks in his rehab.

With a player like Kadarius, who relies heavily on his knees and ankles to take tons of stress due to his agile movements, it is not surprising that he’s dealing with injury early in his career.

However, he’s got the support of the coaching staff and front office, who need him to step up and produce for quarterback Daniel Jones.

I’m excited to get to see Kadarius,” Schoen said.