The New York Giants fell to 1-4 after a disastrous loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Dallas whooped the Giants 44-20 as New York lost a number of key starters during the Week Five matchup. Nearly everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong for the Giants.
However, there were some silver linings for Giants fans to latch on to. The emergence of Kadarius Toney as a player with superstar potential is rather exciting. And on the offensive line, it was not a great performance from the boys upfront, however, Matt Peart started for the first time this season at right tackle and outplayed Nate Solder. These two young players standing out are major silver linings for the Giants.
Kadarius Toney: A star was born in Dallas
New York Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney had a breakout performance on Sunday. The Giants spent the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on the rookie wide receiver who put up 189 receiving yards against the Dallas Cowboys.
Kadarius Toney looks like a superstar in the making. He totaled 196 yards (7 rushing, 189 receiving) on 11 touches. His 93.3 PFF receiving grade in Week Five was the highest among all receivers in the league. Toney’s 189 receiving yards are the most posted by a rookie in a single game this season.
Seriously, when’s the last time we saw a Giants receiver create THIS much separation?
Toney was cookin last night!
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) October 11, 2021
Kadarius Toney ran some ridiculous routes to create separation, but he also made plays after the catch. Toney forced 3 missed tackles and averaged 8.9 yards after the catch per reception. Kadarius Toney is a true weapon for the New York Giants’ offense.
Matt Peart outplaying Nate Solder
All offseason long, Matt Peart was the projected starter at right tackle for the New York Giants. But, to start the regular season, Nate Solder won the job. With left tackle Andrew Thomas OUT on Sunday, Nate Solder made the switch back to left tackle as a fill-in. This opened the door for Matt Peart to start at right tackle. One tackle significantly outperformed the other, and it was not the tackle that has started the first four games of the season.
Nate Solder allowed 3 QB hits, 5 hurries, and an insane 8 pressures against the Dallas Cowboys in Week Five. He was a turnstile protecting Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon’s blindsides.
Matt Peart allowed 1 pressure and 0 QB Hits on 68 snaps as the starter against the Cowboys. He significantly outperformed the veteran. As a second-year player, Peart is still developing. With increased playing time, he could turn into a viable option as a full-time starter for the Giants.