As the New York Giants get closer to the debut of their new offense under first-year head coach Brian Daboll, the team has several candidates for a breakout playmaker on that side of the ball.
Kadarius Toney, second-year wide receiver, seems to be the Giants player getting the most attention heading into training camp.
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Chris Trapasso from CBS Sports recently highlighted ToneyWhile identifying five NFL rookies who were injured in their rookie seasons, we also identified five players who are now ready for a “big” 2022 season.
Here’s what Trapasso wrote about Toney (emphasis added):
Toney is a dazzling yards-after-the-catch play waiting to happen. Although he was not fully healthy as a rookie, he managed a staggering 6.0 YAC/reception average, which tied for eighth highest among all qualified receivers. That 6.0 YAC per reception figure was the same as Chris Godwin’s and Cooper Kupp’s, of course, at a much different volume.
Toney is known for being dynamic with the ball in both his hands. This was Toney’s trademark at Florida. He’s a freaky athletic specimen, too. And the Giants can’t be infected by the injury bug as badly as they were in 2021, so opposing defenses will have a fair share of legit talent to scheme to stop outside of Toney.
The former first-round pick will be viewed as one of the NFL’s most dynamic gadget-type weapons after his second season.
Toney had a difficult rookie season. However, he did have his moments come 2021. Trapasso mentioned Toney’s ability to make plays after the catch, which was on display during a Week 4 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Toney suffered from COVID-19 twice as a rookie. He also sustained injuries to his hamstring and ankle, thumb, quad and oblique. per Empire Sports Media. He concluded his 2021 campaign with 39 receptions for 420 yardsIn 10 games, there were zero touchdowns (four starts).
Although Toney is also coming off arthroscopic knee surgery, CBS Sports isn’t the only national outlet that’s high on him heading into Year 2.
Kadarius Toney Named Giants’ Top Fantasy Breakout Candidate
You probably won as many games last season if Toney was on your fantasy team. That could change this year, as Dan Duggan of The Athletic recently chose him as New York’s top fantasy breakout candidate for 2022.
Here’s what Duggan wrote about ToneyFor The Athletic:
This seems like a simple answer. Toney was a huge catcher in his rookie season, catching 16 passes for 267 yards. He is a natural with the ball in both his hands. If he keeps his health, his ceiling will be very high. Toney was unable to catch 23 passes for 153 yards in the two-game explosion. A variety of injuries kept him from playing in 10 games. He also missed most of spring due to knee surgery. Toney’s upside makes him a strong breakout prospect.
Toney’s two-game streak began with the Saints game and ended with a loss against the Dallas Cowboys that week. Toney played in that Cowboys match. set season highsThe following highlights were produced for targets (13), receiving yards (10) and receptions (10):
Trevon Diggs was the cornerback for Toney, who put in a blender to make this play. first-team All-ProIn 2021.
Kadarius Toney is a Fan of Giants’ New Offense
Toney believes that Brian Daboll’s new offense is more similar to what he experienced in college after he struggled as a rookie with Joe Judge/Jason Garrett/Freddie Kitchens.
“[The offense is] kind of like Florida in the way you have leeway in route-running and stuff like that,”Toney stated, per Giants.com “You’re just able to win. You don’t have to run the pen-and-paper version of your route every time. A lot of offensive coaches have the pen-and-paper mentality like you have to run it exactly like that every time. But Dabes gives us a lot of freedom, a lot of leeway to win. That’s the object of playing football — to win. He just gives that option.”
Toney was a 2021 first-round draft selection after racking over 1,145 yards from the scrimmage (12.9 yards/touch), and 11 offensive touchdowns in his final season as a Florida Gator.
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