The New York Giants selected Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was thought to be the next big thing for the Giants; that he would contribute immediately and play a part in the team for years to come.
As we all know by now, that didn’t happen, and Toney was traded to Kansas City Chiefs Last week.
Toney played in 10 games for the Giants last season, recording 39 receptions for 420 yards. He added six rushing yards, 19 passing yards and one special teams appearance. He hasn’t scored a point for the Giants in 2021.
This season, Toney has only played two games while struggling with a hamstring injury. He recorded two receptions for zero yards and rushed twice for 23 yards.
Needless to say, Toney failed to live up to expectations on the court. Off the pitch it wasn’t much better as his lack of effort was clearly visible to everyone. So it’s not really a surprise that the Giants traded him. He wasn’t producing and the team had no cap space, so it was time to cut ties.
During his bye week press conference on Tuesday, Giants general manager Joe Schoen said it was the best move for the organization.
“Obviously we made a move with Kadarius last week. I’m just going to echo what (Brian Daboll) said about that. It was a decision that was made – the best decision for the organization for where we are and probably leave it at that. I really don’t have much to add to that,” Schoen told reporters.
Minutes later, he echoed those thoughts when Toney was brought up again.
“It was the best decision for the organization. Again, Dabs and I talk all the time. I know he told you about it. We talk about everything and in the end it was better for both parties,” he said.
Toney didn’t bring to New York what everyone thought he would bring. He can change his tune in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes throwing the ball to him, or he can prove to be a thorn in the side of Andy Reid like he did here.
What he does now, however, doesn’t matter to the Giants. New York has moved on and been successful without him, which should continue after the goodbye.