Publish date:

Why New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney's NFL Career is Off to a Slow Start

Kadarius Toney hasn't made much of a contribution to the Giants offense through two games, but the hope is that will change soon. Here's why he's been slow getting out of the gate.

Every football team’s goal is to get its first-round draft pick on the field in Week 1, contributing to the team efforts.  

For the Giants, getting their first-rounder, receiver Kadarius Toney, on the field has been a challenge, thanks to various issues. These issues, which have cost him valuable training camp practice time combined with Toney's relatively newness in playing the receiver position in the largest media market, have all made for a bumpy ride to start his career.  

Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey has, in the past, spoke about developing trust with Toney and all the new players regarding their dependability and ability to execute the plays being drawn up. That sentiment is shared by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who pointed to the lack of practice time Toney had this summer as a factor in the receiver’s slow indoctrination to the NFL.

“Kadarius hasn’t played a lot of football for us, yet. He missed the spring. He missed most of training camp. He practiced about three days before the season started, so he’s a young player who’s learning,” said offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

“Receivers, it takes them a little time to transition into the NFL. We all know that. I would say, in general, college receivers when they’re coming into the NFL, there’s a whole repertoire of routes that they haven’t been exposed to, so he’s in that process. It’s not unique to him or to us, that’s just the nature of things.”

Then there is a matter of maturity, which has also come into question given Toney’s social media outbursts, which he insisted this week had nothing to do with the Giants despite the curious timing of the posts. 

Toney, for his part, has come ready to work. Wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert spoke glowingly earlier this month about how sharp the receiver has been in the classroom with learning the assignments and has, in a way, been a teacher’s pet given how well prepared he has been. But knowing what to do and doing it has been two very different challenges, the act of actually doing it being a challenge for Toney, who, through two games, has two receptions for minus-2 yards.


Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns (53) reacts to the overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium.

Behind Enemy Lines: Five Questions Answered by All Panthers Publisher Schuyler Callihan

Let's get some insight from All Panthers team publisher Schuyler Callihan on the Carolina Panthers, who are up next on the New York Giants' schedule.

Tae Crowder Explains game-winning TD

Giants ILB Tae Crowder Added to Injury Report

As if the Giants don't have enough injury-related issues to worry about, now comes late word about another injured starter who lands as questionable on this week's injury report.

Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs with the ball pas New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium.

New York Giants Run Defense Put on Notice By Carolina

Panthers say they're planning to mainly run the ball against the Giants in Week 7 meeting.

Despite that unimpressive production, Toney believes he’s making progress.

“I mean every day I wake up with football on my mind,” he said. “I don’t really know what to tell you. If you all don’t see the progression or whatever coming along by now, I guess you all won’t ever see it.”

Garrett agreed the progress is there but added that consistency needs to follow.

“The biggest thing with him is practicing day in and day out and developing some consistency. No fault of his, he’s just been hurt and been sick and has been dealing with some different things,” he said.

“He’s done a good job here lately continuing to work in practice. He’s continued to develop the trust that coaches and quarterbacks have in him and just continue to grow. You said it, he played some more snaps in the game the other day. He did a good job with his work. He just has to keep doing that.”

More from Giants Country

Join the Giants Country Community

Become a premium Fan Nation member and get access to all of Fan Nation’s premium content plus a subscription to Sports Illustrated! Click here for more information or to begin your free 30-day trial.