Kadarius Toney says he is pleased with New York Giants’ win, not disillusioned by lack of enjoying time
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants second-year large receiver Kadarius Toney mentioned he wasn’t disillusioned to play simply seven snaps in a 21-20 season-opening win on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. His crew received, and in the end it wasn’t his determination.
“I receives a commission to play, not coach,” Toney mentioned Wednesday. “I do not know what the plan was. On the finish of the day, I’ve to arrange as if I used to be going and enjoying each play. I do not know what else to say.”
Toney noticed simply two snaps within the first half. The dynamic playmaker nonetheless wasn’t a much bigger a part of the sport even after rookie large receiver Wan’Dale Robinson left within the second quarter with a knee damage.
However Toney took the shortage of enjoying time Sunday behind Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Robinson, David Sills and even Richie James in stride.
“Dissatisfied in victory? Dissatisfied in a victory?” he mentioned rhetorically. “You sound loopy.”
How about shocked by the shortage of enjoying time then?
“On the finish of the day, I did my job,” Toney mentioned. “I receives a commission to do one factor. Do my job, bro.”
Coach Brian Daboll has mentioned that Toney was a part of a number of particular packages and performs; the Giants simply did not get to lots of them within the victory. Toney completed with two touches — each on rushes within the second half — for 23 yards.
It made his present standing within the large receiver room obvious. James, not Toney, stepped into a much bigger position when Robinson left the sport, and he led the Giants with 5 receptions on six targets for 59 yards.
“We’ll see what occurs this week,” Daboll mentioned Monday. “The fellows that had been on the market, now we have confidence in. We’ve confidence in Kadarius. I feel, once more, I’ve talked about this earlier than a few weeks in the past with our receiver place: It is a aggressive state of affairs. They usually’ll be evaluated on a week-to-week foundation. So, relative to inactives or playtime or quantity of performs, all people’s bought to earn their position. One week it is perhaps a complete sport; one week it is perhaps much less.
“However Kadarius has finished job of studying our stuff. I’ve no issues about him understanding our data.”
It seems Toney, a first-round choose final 12 months out of Florida, has to earn his enjoying time. He has not been on the sphere a lot because the Giants’ new regime took command.
Toney had a knee process earlier this 12 months that saved him out within the spring, and a hamstring downside in coaching camp value him a while, as nicely. It follows a rookie 12 months that was riddled with all types of accidents and inconsistency. He handled hamstring, ankle, shoulder, quad and stomach accidents. He additionally had COVID-19 twice.
At one level final spring, Toney left observe as a result of he was sporting the wrong-sized cleats.
Toney had 39 catches for 420 yards in 10 video games as a rookie. The Giants have to see that he is able to being accessible and reliable earlier than handing him a much bigger position. Toney might want to present them he deserves extra enjoying time by working exhausting and being on the observe area.
“If that’s required, that’s what I’ve to do,” he mentioned. “All people is aware of I had the damage a pair weeks in the past why I wasn’t on the sphere. So I suppose it simply [has to do] with that. I do not know what to say.”
Toney, 23, says he is positive bodily at this level. He was a full participant in observe all of final week. He was shifting nicely and with none limitations throughout Wednesday’s exercise.
Toney hasn’t obtained any main declarations from the teaching workers relating to the shortage of enjoying time Sunday.
“Nothing. It is extra of simply now we have one other sport. It is greater than one sport,” Toney mentioned. “We’ve a 17-game season. It is all the time the mentality to push ahead.”
Working again Saquon Barkley believes it is going to be solely a matter of time earlier than Toney is making greater contributions on the sphere; he is too gifted to not.
“I talked to him,” mentioned Barkley, a crew captain. “It wasn’t actually to pump him up. It was all about persevering with to work. Persevering with to comply with up the method. … He is a really gifted particular person. I feel you guys can see that when the rock is in his arms.
“As he continues to go, I feel we’ll see him be concerned a bit extra within the offense and making extra performs for us.”