How should the New York Giants use Kadarius Toney moving forward?

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When the New York Giants drafted Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick, they added a versatile weapon on offense who could be used in many different creative ways. With gadget utilities and raw athleticism, Toney was one of the best receivers regarding missed tackles forced during his final year with Florida in 2020. He lead receivers in college last season with a 30% missed tackle rate, showcasing his strengths as he adapts to the NFL and finds his way into the Giants’ scheme.

However, the team has seldom used Toney, featuring him in just 24 offensive snaps through two weeks against Denver and Washington. He has only touched the football twice, both on design plays that failed to produce any positive gains.

The media quickly began to spin stories and rumors regarding his usage and the frustration that was boiling. Toney took to social media to express his emotions, later taking a shot at the media for starting a negative narrative.

However, the Giants are underutilizing Toney, who clearly could help on offense. Every team‘s first-round pick should have an instant impact unless you are developing a quarterback to take over for a veteran, in which case represents a different scenario. When drafting impact weapons on offense and skill position players, they need to be featured early and often to help them adjust to the physicality and speed of the game at the next level.

How the New York Giants can get Toney involved moving forward:

Toney is far more than just a gadget player, with solid route running and unique abilities in the open field. Some ways the Giants can get Toney more involved include using him as a punt returner and featuring him in bunch formations alongside Sterling Shepard in the interior. With Kenny Golladay also taking snaps from the slot, Toney could be pushed outside and supplement reps from Darius Slayton, who had a costly drop against Washington in Week 2, which ended up being the difference in the game.

Having dropped just four passes over four seasons with Florida, there’s no question he is a reliable target that can contribute toward a more efficient unit. Given the Giants scored just seven meaningful points in Week 1, they bounced back with a far more extensive and aggressive strategy against Washington, scoring 29 points. The Giants scored more than 29 points just once in 2020, so they’ve already gotten off to a decent start in context with Jason Garrett’s vanilla scheme.

There are two reasons the Giants might be holding back from unleashing Kadarius:

First, he could be dealing with an injury and recovering from Covid, so they want to take a more cautious approach with his health. Alternatively, the Giants are still developing their scheme and adding new elements every week, so perfecting the base concepts and expanding that route tree could be more prevalent in the short term. With Toney’s unique skill set, they might be waiting to add his qualities at the right time when the offense has momentum, and they’ve begun stringing together consistent performances with their more established players.

How will the New York Giants supplement the massive loss of Nick Gates on offensive line?

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The New York Giants already had problems in the trenches before losing starting center Nick Gates to a fractured lower leg against the Washington Football Team on Thursday evening. Gates, who was shifted over to left guard, was pushed back into quarterback Daniel Jones when a defender landed awkwardly on the back of his leg, sending him to the ground in a heap, experiencing obvious pain.

Losing Gates for the rest of the 2021 season is a massive casualty, as the OL was already thin. They’ve been actively trying to work in two players who the Giants recently traded for, Billy Price and Ben Bredeson.

Gates, who had allowed just one hurry and one pressure over 74 snaps the season, will be replaced by Price on the short-term at least. Price, who was recently acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for B.J. Hill and a conditional draft pick, struggled in his first action with Bug Blue. He recorded an 8.7 pass-blocking grade, per PFF, allowing one sack, four hurries, and five pressures.

The Giants also have Matt Skura, who has been activated and will compete with Price for the starting job. Skura had issues last year snapping the football in Baltimore but was battling injury and was once considered to be a rising star at the position. I wouldn’t be surprised if Skura gave Price a serious run for his money, overtaking him and establishing himself as the starter moving forward. The Giants would be smart to provide both with an opportunity to showcase their qualities in live-action.

At left guard, the expectation is that Bredeson will take over full-time, despite having his fair share of struggles in pass protection through two weeks. He has a 28.6 overall pass-blocking grade, allowing five hurries and five pressures over 100 snaps. He has been far more efficient as a run blocker, but the Giants have unfortunately been unable to curate a consistent running game, aside from Daniel Jones and the read-option.

However, Bredeson has plenty of potential, and the Giants will likely exercise him at left guard with hopes he can develop as a pass blocker. Luckily, the performance of Andrew Thomas has been extremely encouraging and should help Bredeson adapt quicker. He is still learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his teammates, so there will be hiccups along the way.

There’s also the possibility the Giants trade for another player, which is where safety Jabrill Peppers and their extensive draft capital might come into play.

Report: New York Giants confirm Dexter Lawrence offsides call was botched

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As if the loss against the Washington Football Team couldn’t get any worse, former New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes confirmed with a team source that the offsides called against Dexter Lawrence in the waning moments of the game was botched.

The Giants, who fell 29-30 to Washington to mark their second consecutive loss to start the 2021 season, are now staring a major deficit in the face. Allowing backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke to post 30 points on a top-10 defense from 2020 is quite problematic. Heinicke finished with 336 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He entered the game with three touchdowns in his career, nearly doubling that against a vulnerable Giants unit.

The Giants should’ve never provided kicker Dustin Hopkins with an opportunity to finish off the game, but the offsides called against Lawrence was a mistake, and the Giants will likely be hearing from the league office to tell them as much.

As you can clearly see, Lawrence reacts at the exact moment the long snapper begins his motion, which is entirely legal. Lawrence was, in fact, in an onside position that would’ve resulted in a missed field goal attempt from 46 yards, winning the game for the Giants and sending them to a 1-1 record as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Falcons at home next weekend.

This controversial decision sparks an entirely new debate regarding the use of technology in the NFL. Ultimately, having a second look at plays like this must be a necessity, especially when it can change the course of a game and affect a result.

From the angle provided, you can clearly see that Lawrence reacts almost simultaneously with the snapping off the ball, but from a horizontal viewpoint, it confirms that he was onside. The umpiring crew missed several calls in this game, including a roughing the passer penalty on Chase Young that was undeserving and a holding call on a touchdown run by Daniel Jones on receiver CJ Board. If the referees get these calls right, the Giants walk away easily with a victory, which is a serious issue for the NFL.

Giants News: Kenny Golladay yells at Jason Garrett, Kadarius Toney’s frustrations are boiling over

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The New York Giants lost a nailbiter against the Washington Football Team on Thursday evening, with interior defender Dexter Lawrence jumping offside on a field goal attempt, they gave kicker Dustin Hopkins one more opportunity to win the game. Unfortunately for the Giants, Hopkins didn’t miss on his second attempt, sending Big Blue crashing down to an 0-2 record this season and the fan base into a frenzy.

With the negativity beginning to mount and head coach Joe Judge running out of answers, the interior of the team has begun to raise frustration, as star receiver Kenny Golladay was seen yelling at coordinator Jason Garrett toward the end of the contest.

Kenny Golladay screams at Jason Garrett as the team avoids him in the most important moments:

Golladay finished with three receptions for 38 yards in the loss, playing in 39 total passing snaps. Golladay was used rarely, as quarterback Daniel Jones targeted Sterling Shepard more frequently over the big money possession option.

Golladay has every right to be frustrated about his lack of usage, especially toward the latter portion of the game when the Giants needed to march down the field and score. At 6’4″ and 213 pounds, the Giants took only one deep shot to their big exterior receiver, which simply isn’t enough.

However, Kenny wasn’t the only receiver to expressed frustration after the defeat, as first-round pick Kadarius Toney took to social media to show his disappointment.

Kadarius Toney’s frustration is boiling over to social media:

Toney featured in just 19 total snaps against Washington, an increase of 14 compared to Week 1 against Denver. Toney failed to make an impact in the receiving game, not being targeted once by Jones. After the game, Tony posted on social media a meme, stating, “I don’t be mad, s—t just be lame to me.”

Some might compare the Giants’ lack of utility for Toney, like buying a sports car and failing to drive it. It is yet to be seen if coordinator Jason Garrett even has plays in his arsenal that are capable of maximizing Kadarius’s skill set.

Hopefully, they can get him more involved moving forward and not just utilize him as an end-around and jet sweep option. He is far more than just a gadget player, and if the Giants don’t get him involved quickly, Toney has a high probability of lashing out once again, and with Golliday already having a screaming match with Garrett on the sidelines, they need to get some of these players involved quickly.

New York Giants shift offensive line combination, here’s the projected starting unit for Week 2

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It has only been one week in, and the New York Giants are already shifting up their offensive line and testing different combinations. On a short week against the Washington Football Team on Thursday night football, the Giants have elected to move center Nick Gates over to left guard, where Shane Lemieux played just 17 snaps last week before being replaced by Ben Bredeson.

Bredeson was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Giants several weeks ago. Big Blue sent over a fourth-round pick in exchange for Bredeson, a fifth and seventh-round selection. However, Bredeson is still learning the system and struggled in some facets in his first action with his new team. With that being the case, the Giants feel better moving Gates over to the left side.

Gates has never played left guard before, spending his rookie season at right guard and right tackle before making the full move to center. While he has been cross-training at both spots this off-season, there’s no guarantee he will be an adequate option.

Expected starting unit for the New York Giants against Washington:

LT: Andrew Thomas

LG: Nick Gates

C: Billy Price

RG: Will Hernandez

RT: Nate Solder

The Giants expressed confidence all off-season regarding their OL, indicating they had enough talent on the roster to get the job done. However, trading for two different players doesn’t exactly scream confidence and efficiency, but rather desperation.

With Billy Price taking over at center, the former first-round pick will undoubtedly have his work cut out for him. Price has 698 total snaps at the position, with the majority coming in his rookie year back in 2018. His best numbers came at center, which provide some sort of optimism against Washington for the Giants.

The coaching staff is treading above water right now, but they could quickly begin to sink if things don’t go well on Thursday night.

Giants’ safety Jabrill Peppers has strong words ahead of Thursday night battle in Washington

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The New York Giants are gearing up for a big Week 2 matchup against the Washington Football Team, and most are coining it a “must-win” game for both teams. After a disappointing loss in Week 1 to the Denver Broncos, the Giants are trying to bounce back in a strong way as they take on backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke.

After Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a hip injury that put him on injured reserve, Heinicke stepped into the game. Over 15 passing attempts, Heinicke tallied 122 yards and a touchdown, recording a 70.1 QBR. Overall, he had a solid performance against Los Angeles, but with subpar arm talent, the Giants have the personnel to take advantage.

On the defensive side, the Giants blitzed more in Week 1 than in any game last year, showcasing a shift in strategy. With Patrick Graham attempting to substitute to a more man-coverage-based scheme, the goal will be to get after Heinicke and put him under immediate pressure.

One of the Giants’ key defenders, Jabrill Peppers, struggled in the opening game of the season, as he allowed four receptions on four targets for 34 yards. Peppers gave up several third-down conversions and catches in the red zone, which forced Graham to go in a different direction defensively.

“Subpar,” Peppers said. “I gave up two big third downs. I gave up a catch in the red zone … the standard I hold myself to, those are the routes I usually cover in my sleep. It is what it is, man. I gotta go back to the drawing board, hone in and get better.”

However, Peppers is resilient player and is eyeing a bounce-back against Washington on Thursday evening. Last season, Peppers emerged as one of the Giants’ best playmakers, playing a career-high 912 snaps, tallying 62 tackles, and posting seven pass breakups.
Peppers used some of that fiery energy to express the importance of this upcoming game, which attest to the notion that this is a must-win contest for both teams.

“Well, every game is important. This is a division game. We don’t like them. They don’t like us,” Peppers said. “So that’s where my head’s at right now.”

The Giants have beaten Washington four consecutive times since Daniel Jones took over as the starting quarterback. They will be looking to extend that streak, as Washington’s signal-caller issues presents Big Blue with a great opportunity to smooth over the fan base after an embarrassing loss to Denver.

How should the New York Giants game-plan around Washington QB Taylor Heinicke?

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The New York Giants are preparing to take on the Washington Football Team in Week 2 on Thursday evening. After a disappointing loss in Week 1 to the Denver Broncos, head coach Joe Judge and Co. are looking to bounce back with a strong performance, especially on defense.

Fortunately for the Giants, Washington lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick due to a hip injury, placing him on injured reserve. They will feature Taylor Heinicke as his replacement on Thursday, as the backup attempted 15 passes, completing 11 for 112 yards and a score after Fitzpatrick went down.

Heinicke presents himself as a mobile quarterback who is capable of maneuvering in the pocket and making intelligent throws. While his arm talent is subpar, he has solid accuracy in the short/intermediate range, making him a threat if the Giants play soft zone coverage.

Washington will likely rely heavily on running back Antonio Gibson to shoulder the majority of the load, but Heinicke looked fearless against Los Angeles, so the Giants will have to scare him straight if they want to take advantage of his inexperience.

Last week against Denver, the Giants tried to play more man-coverage, which is a bit different than their zone coverage scheme they deployed in 2020, which worked quite well. Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has roots in Cover-1, which relies on man-coverage and allows the defense to blitz more effectively, getting after the quarterback.

Bridgewater was able to maneuver in the pocket and get the ball out quickly to his big targets, like tight end Noah Fant. Washington similarly has a big TE in Logan Thomas, who hauled three receptions for 30 yards last week, including a touchdown on a jump ball in man-coverage.

What to expect from the New York Giants’ defense against Washington’s offense:

Expect to see plenty of short screens to Gibson and the wide receivers, including crossing routes and underneath concepts. This will likely be a West Coast-style unit for Washington moving forward until Fitzpatrick returns, so expect the ball to come out quickly and the Giants to be limiting yardage between the sticks.

For the Giants’ defense, the mantra of the game will be to get off the field on third down. Expect Washington to use all of their available plays. The Giants gave up three 4th down conversions and 24 first downs, including seven on 3rd down in Week 1. Looking over at Washington, they converted just three 3rd downs and one 4th down conversion on one attempt.

Overall, this is a favorable matchup for the Giants, who should look to blitz Heinicke early and often to keep him flustered and off-balance. This will ultimately allow them to disguise some coverages in the secondary and create mistakes as he tries to find his receivers in traffic. The interior defensive line must have a solid performance, and with Washington’s line mostly looking good against the Chargers, it won’t be an easy task. They should look to target rookie right tackle Samuel Cosmi in pass protection. He allowed a sack, two hurries, and four pressures against Los Angeles in the loss.

Giants’ Kenny Golladay makes bold claim about offense

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Ever since the New York Giants hired Jason Garrett to be their offensive coordinator, the unit has averaged a measly 17.3 points per game. Despite the additions of Kenny Golladay, Kyle Rudolph, Kadarius Toney, and the return of Saquon Barkley, the Giants managed just seven points during meaningful football on Sunday in Week 1. While the final score might say 13, garbage time provided the offense an opportunity to put more points on the scoreboard.

Given the embarrassing amount of riches the Giants have at their disposal, scoring seven points is malpractice. Garrett, who is an experienced coach from his time with the Dallas Cowboys, has hit a roadblock devising a unique scheme the focuses on vertical concepts and expanding upon his player’s strengths.

Despite seeing more of the same in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, receiver Kenny Golladay is optimistic that the offense will turn a corner and provide more explosiveness moving forward.

“I’m sure I speak for everyone, we try to go into every game trying to be explosive, we want to make those explosive plays,” he said. “Of course I’m going to say I want myself and the rest of the guys on offense to come in with that mindset and dominate.”

Golladay stated before the game that the offense would be a little rusty, given the star receiver has been dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the preseason and joint practices against both the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. Last season, Kenny played in just five games, dealing with a bevy of issues. Suffering an injury so early in the season certainly didn’t brew optimism within the fan-base, but he is working his way back efficiently.

In the loss to Denver, Golladay hauled in four receptions for 64 yards on six targets. Interestingly, the majority of his targets came in garbage time in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach.

“We have to build from here and I feel like we’ll do that,” Golladay said. “Just being able to get those balls from him in the game, that was good because then he could see a little bit of what I can do to help him and to help the team.”

Unless the offense can begin taking shots downfield and putting together more productive games, coordinator Jason Garrett will be on the hot seat sooner rather than later. In fact, after displaying one of the blandest and vanilla offensive schemes in the league last season, Garrett should already be feeling the pressure.

As ownership waits patiently for quarterback Daniel Jones to become a franchise signal collar, the fans are quickly entering panic mode. Joe Judge must get his ducks in a row and rebound against Washington, otherwise the ship will run aground rather quickly.

New York Giants: 3 positive takeaways from loss to Denver in Week 1

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Finding any positive takeaways in the New York Giants’ opening game loss to the Denver Broncos is difficult, but there were a few individual performances that did stand out. Despite the defense failing to get the job done in coverage and the offense looking as anemic as ever, harping on the negatives is the easy way out.

Three positive takeaways for the New York Giants:

1.) Pass protection was overall solid

Going into Week 1 against Denver, the biggest concern for the Giants was is the offensive line, which held up relatively well in pass protection. Aside from the Giants only recording 60 rushing yards, including 27 from Daniel Jones, the third-year quarterback did toss 267 yards worth of passing production. The OL gave him adequate time in the pocket to make his reads and connect with his receivers, but it simply wasn’t enough to extract victory as Denver won time of possession by a significant margin. The Giants only had 25 minutes of possession while Denver landed 35 minutes.

The Giants underwhelmed in most categories, but the OL was far from the biggest issue. Left tackle Andrew Thomas looked solid in pass pro, as well as new left guard Ben Bredeson. The only lineman actually stood out in a negative fashion was Nate Solder, who had a tough time locking down Von Miller.

2.) Kenny Golladay is the real deal

Daniel Jones has never had a WR1 in his career, but Kenny Golladay showcased his abilities in his first game after signing a massive four-year, $74 million contract. Golladay hauled in four receptions on six targets, earning 64 total yards. Working his way back from a hamstring injury, the Giants tried not to overwhelm Golladay, interestingly utilizing him more in garbage time than during meaningful minutes early on in the contest. Hopefully, the Giants find ways to get Kenny more involved moving forward, as his impact was too little, too late against the Broncos.

3.) Sterling Shepard could have his best season yet

One of the shining lights on offense was veteran receiver Sterling Shepard. Shepard hauled in seven receptions on nine targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. One of his catches resulted in a 37-yard score as he weaved his way through defenders to get to the end zone. The primary slot receiver proved he’s in for a big year after the acquisition of Golladay and the return of Saquon Barkley. With attention being allocated toward other playmakers, Shepard will have weaker defenders to take on, allowing him to pad his stats and showcase his elite route running and dependable hands.

Giants’ QB Daniel Jones details how he’s improved and plans to take the big Year 3 leap

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When it comes to New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, a lot is riding on his third season in the NFL. Preparing to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 1 on Sunday afternoon, Jones has a tall task ahead of him with a strong secondary and pass rush on the other side of the football.

However, coming off a season where he threw just 11 touchdowns, Jones is looking to take a big step forward and is confident the offense will enable him this upcoming season.

Steve Serby of the New York Post spoke with QB Daniel Jones, who displayed confidence regarding a potential big Year 3 jump:

A leap or however you define it, my focus is more on playing well and helping this team win games, so I feel like I’m prepared, and I feel like the experience last year and the year before, there’s been a number of things I’ve been able to learn and feel like I’ve improved on through last year and this offseason, this training camp and going into this year. I’m excited, I think as a team, as an offense, we’ve had a good camp and we’re looking forward to getting out there.

Jones needs a few positive influences for him to reach his potential, and the first obviously starts with the OL. With question marks at nearly every spot, Jones is relying on solid protection to open up the vertical passing game and reduce his fumble numbers.

The development of the offensive scheme should also pay dividends if Jason Garrett can include more pre-snap motion and downfield targets. The additions of Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay, and the return of Saquon Barkley should infuse multiple new elements into a unit that had an undrafted free agent rookie starting by the midway point in the season (Austin Mack).

Jones has never had a WR1 at his disposal, let alone Barkley healthy for the majority of a regular season. The addition of Toney will bring a lot of motion before the snap and quick-twitch abilities in the open field, giving the offense more firepower.

Overall, management has given Jones all the weapons he needs on offense to be successful, but if he doesn’t have time in the pocket, it will all be for naught. Despite that major problem, Jones stated the team is “extremely hungry and ready to get this season going.”