Why the New York Giants didn’t use Kadarius Toney in win over Titans

Ryan Moran
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Jul 29, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) runs a drill during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

It was quite the opener for the New York Giants ringing in the Brian Daboll era. The Giants came from behind to win a 21-20 thriller on the road against the number one seed in the AFC a year ago.

One of the bigger questions throughout the game yesterday was the usage of 2021 first-round pick, wide receiver Kadarius Toney. His frustration on the sideline was noticeable.

He ended up playing just seven snaps. Toney did not get one target. His only two touches came on runs. They went for a total of 23 yards, with one of the rushing attempts going for 19.

This lack of playing time for a talented, young player like Toney definitely comes as a surprise. And it seems like things will have to drastically change for him to work his way back into the starting lineup.

Why Kadarius Toney saw limited action for the New York Giants:

Coach Daboll made some comments post-game on what went into Toney’s lack of a role.

“We had personnel groups for all our receivers. We’ll do that every game. Maybe it’s more, maybe it’s less. [Toney] is in plenty of ’em. Obviously we didn’t get to some of ’em. I thought the plays he was in on he did a good job.”

It certainly seems as if Toney has got to prove more to his new head coach. It will be fascinating to see if his role increases at all in Week 2.