The very second Kadarius Toney’s identify was known as within the 2021 NFL draft, he grew to become a lightning rod. And issues have definitely not slowed down for the New York Giants huge receiver, who appears to be taking warmth from each angle.
Why the goal is so firmly painted on Toney’s again is open to interpretation, however followers and media alike have spent weeks beating him into the bottom like a lifeless horse.
That pattern continued this week when ESPN broke down which of the NFL’s 32 first-round rookies had been receiving rave critiques. Toney, regardless of his apparent on-field expertise, was not amongst them.
When Toney was on the sector you can see the expertise that made him a first-round choose. He was explosive and has the flexibility to vary instructions and speed up at a second’s discover. The one drawback is we didn’t see it usually. He couldn’t discover a cleat that match at rookie minicamp, skipped OTAs as a result of his contract wasn’t signed (a particularly uncommon method) after which had a household emergency throughout minicamp. The Giants higher hope this isn’t an indication of issues to return.
We’ve mentioned it earlier than and we’ll say it once more: individually, none of Toney’s points would even register on the eye scale. Nevertheless, collectively… they’re a bit tougher to disregard.
Nonetheless… A cleat that didn’t match. So what? Skipping voluntary OTAs? Yawn. A household emergency? They occur.
So why is it that as an entire, these comprehensible and in any other case insignificant points have Toney labeled as some kind of drawback youngster? Why does his rap profession appear to rub so many Giants followers the fallacious manner?
What’s it in regards to the 22-year-old Toney that has so many individuals bent out of form — a few of them nearly irrationally? That’s the true query value evaluating right here.