Kadarius Toney may not do much as a rookie
I’m not sure how much the NY Giants are going to expect rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney to contribute in his first season despite being taken with the 20th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report has projected that Toney will make a minimal impact as a rookie in 2021 for the Giants by serving as a back-up with 302 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns, 79 rushing yards. Here’s a portion of what he wrote:
The Giants have a loaded wide receiver corps that features Golladay, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard. Toney will need to sharpen up his route running for a traditional role.
Although he’s an exciting playmaker who’s dangerous in open space, Toney projects as more of a gadget-type receiver in his first season. You’ll see what the former Gator can do in glimpses with limited touches.
Moton is probably right, but the one reason why I think Toney could end up starting is if Sterling Shepard can’t stay healthy. If that happens then I think Toney will take over as the starting slot receiver until Shepard returns.
Of course John Ross could also take over in the slot, but he’s had a hard time staying healthy as well during his career so far.
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