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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius
Toney posted a cryptic message on Instagram after Thursday night’s
loss to the Washington Football Team.
Toney, a first-round pick in the 2021
NFL draft, failed to record a catch in the 30-29 loss and showed
frustration after a midgame conversation with head coach Joe Judge on
Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com captured the
Zack Rosenblatt @ZackBlatt
Kadarius Toney posted this to Instagram. He was visibly upset at one point on the sideline in the second half after speaking with Joe Judge.
Nothing at a Golladay-Jones level, but clearly wasn’t happy. pic.twitter.com/L29NEjdSI6
Toney was the top target in the University of Florida’s
passing game last year. He led the Gators in catches (70) and
receiving yards (984) while scoring 10 touchdowns in 11 games to
emerge as a coveted NFL prospect.
The 22-year-old Alabama native hasn’t
been able to make an immediate impact for the Giants, though. He made
two catches for negative-two yards in their season-opening loss to
the Denver Broncos and wasn’t even targeted in Thursday’s contest.
Part of the issue is New York’s deep
group of pass-catchers, led by fellow wideouts Sterling Shepard,
Darius Slayton and Kenny Golladay along with tight end Kyle Rudolph.
Running back Saquon Barkley is also a factor in the aerial attack, and
tight end Evan Engram may return from injury soon to give quarterback
Daniel Jones another target.
So Toney is being forced earn playing
time on a crowded depth chart, and it may take an injury or two for him to garner more consistent week-to-week involvement.
The 2020 first-team All-SEC selection
didn’t speak with reporters after Thursday’s game, but he said before
Week 1 he was willing to accept any role.
“I’m here to play. I’m here to do
my job, so it’s whatever they say,” Toney told reporters after missing parts of training camp because of a hamstring injury and a reserve/COVID-19 list designation.
If the Giants
continue to struggle, though, there may be a point where it becomes beneficial to get
Toney on the field more to see what he can produce.
“No use in having a sports car and
not driving it,” a source told Rosenblatt about the rookie
The 0-2 Giants return to action Sept.
26 when they host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.