Giants rookie WR Toney’s season is over after playing 10 games

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – New York Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney is likely to return home after the season ends this weekend and do his best to forget about his rookie year.

The 20th overall pick, Toney hasn’t had a bad season statistically compared to the rest of the underperforming New York receiving corps. His 39 catches for 420 yards rank second among Giants receivers in each category.

Toney’s problem was staying on the pitch. The exciting Florida product on Friday was ruled out of Sunday’s regular season final against Washington with a shoulder injury. He will end up having played it in 10 of the 17 games.

Toney dealt with COVID-19 before training camp and at the end of the season. He also had hamstring, ankle, thumb, quadriceps, and obliques issues, which limited both his workouts and games.

Earlier this week, coach Joe Judge said the problem with many NFL rookies is that the season is longer and there are fewer breaks than in college. They need to learn to manage their body and use the offseason to build muscle.

“As far as Kadarius is concerned, he has had a number of injuries,” Judge said. “I wouldn’t say there was something that was (big). They were all legitimate injuries. There is nothing he has been off the field for an extended period of time that he has not been able to play.

When he was in good health, Toney was a playmaker. His best game was against Dallas on Oct. 10 when he caught 10 passes for 189 yards and rigged a few Cowboys defensive backs off their studs.

The end of the season has been disappointing. He fired a sideways shot against Tampa Bay on Nov. 22 and only played once the rest of the season, against Philadelphia on Dec. 26. It was then that he injured his shoulder which, according to the judge, was not serious. He also missed the rematch against Dallas because he was on the COVID-19 roster.

The best thing that happened to the Giants when it came to Toney was that they traded the No.11 draft pick to Chicago and got the Bears’ 20th pick and first-round draft in 2022. The Bears have selected quarterback Justin Fields.

Heading into the final game of the regular season, New York (4-12) is well positioned to have the fifth and eighth picks in the draft.

Giants receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said Toney’s talent was evident.

“It’s a tough business, it’s a physical business and it’s a collision every moment,” Tolbert said. “So you have to do your best to be able to maintain your body, whether it is nutrition, whether it is with the coaches, whether it is massage, whatever. Just do whatever you can to make sure your body is in the best possible condition to get out and play.

Wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who signed a $ 72 million contract, has also struggled this season. He had 34 catches for a peak 499 tagging yards and no touchdowns.

When Golladay was a rookie with Detroit in 2017, he missed five games with a hamstring injury.

“He suffered a lot,” Golladay said of Toney. “I was a third round, it was a first round, so he already had high expectations. I would say just stay the course.

NOTES: In addition to Toney, the Giants excluded WR John Ross (knee) and QB Mike Glennon (wrist). OL Will Hernandez (ankle), WR Collin Johnson (hamstring) and FB Cullen Gilaspia (knee) are questionable. … Friday was the team’s last full training session of the regular season. It took place at the team’s training ground after the teams cleared about five inches of snow that had fallen overnight. “Sure the guys had a bit of fun with the snow afterwards – diving in there, throwing snowballs – but it was a typical Friday as far as practice is concerned,” said the running back. corner James Bradberry, the only player on the list not to miss a practice. this season.

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