EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — New York Giants second-year vast receiver Kadarius Toney stated he wasn’t disappointed to play simply seven snaps in a 21-20 season-opening win at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. His crew gained, and finally it wasn’t his resolution.
“I receives a commission to play, not coach,” Toney stated Wednesday. “I do not know what the plan was. At the finish of the day, I’ve to arrange as if I used to be going and playing each play. I do not know what else to say.”
Toney noticed simply two snaps in the first half. The dynamic playmaker nonetheless wasn’t an even bigger half of the sport even after rookie vast receiver Wan’Dale Robinson left in the second quarter with a knee harm.
But Toney took the lack of playing time Sunday behind Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Robinson, David Sills and even Richie James in stride.
“Disappointed in victory? Disappointed in a victory?” he stated rhetorically. “You sound loopy.”
How about shocked by the lack of playing time then?
“At the finish of the day, I did my job,” Toney stated. “I receives a commission to do one factor. Do my job, bro.”
Coach Brian Daboll has stated that Toney was half of a number of particular packages and performs; the Giants simply did not get to many of them in the victory. Toney completed with two touches — each on rushes in the second half — for 23 yards.
It made his present standing in the vast receiver room obvious. James, not Toney, stepped into an even 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 stated Monday. “The guys that had been on the market, we have now confidence in. We trust in Kadarius. I believe, once more, I’ve talked about this earlier than a pair of weeks in the past with our receiver place: It’s a aggressive scenario. And they’re going to be evaluated on a week-to-week foundation. So, relative to inactives or playtime or quantity of performs, all people’s received to earn their position. One week it is perhaps a complete sport; one week it is perhaps much less.
“But Kadarius has carried out an excellent job of studying our stuff. I’ve no issues about him understanding our data.”
It seems Toney, a first-round decide final 12 months out of Florida, has to earn his playing time. He has not been on the area a lot since the Giants’ new regime took command.
Toney had a knee process earlier this 12 months that saved him out in the spring, and a hamstring drawback in coaching camp value him some time, as nicely. It follows a rookie 12 months that was riddled with every kind of accidents and inconsistency. He dealt with hamstring, ankle, shoulder, quad and stomach accidents. He additionally had COVID-19 twice.
At one level final spring, Toney left apply as a result of he was carrying 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’s succesful of being out there and reliable earlier than handing him an even bigger position. Toney might want to present them he deserves extra playing time by working onerous and being on the apply area.
“If that’s required, that’s what I’ve to do,” he stated. “Everybody is aware of I had the harm a pair weeks in the past why I wasn’t on the area. So I assume it simply [has to do] with that. I do not know what to say.”
Toney, 23, says he’s nice bodily at this level. He was a full participant in apply all of final week. He was shifting nicely and with none limitations throughout Wednesday’s exercise.
Toney has not obtained any main statements from the teaching employees relating to the lack of playing time Sunday.
“Nothing. It’s extra of simply we have now one other sport. It’s greater than one sport,” Toney stated. “We have a 17-game season. It’s all the time the mentality to push ahead.”
Running again Saquon Barkley believes it would solely be a matter of time earlier than Toney is making greater contributions on the area; he’s too gifted not to.
“I talked to him,” stated Barkley, a crew captain. “It wasn’t actually to pump him up. It was all about persevering with to work. Continuing to comply with up the course of. … He’s a really gifted particular person. I believe you guys can see that when the rock is in his arms.
“As he continues to go, I believe we’ll see him be concerned just a little extra in the offense and making extra performs for us.”