Kadarius Toney gives Giants update they desperately needed

“I’m ready.”

Those four words and the emotions they project are exactly what the Giants want and need to hear from Kadarius Toney, who often wasn’t ready to leave early in his career.

Tony didn’t play in any of the three preseason games this summer, dealing with the aftermath of knee surgery and then a hamstring problem, and he rarely gave it his all in training camp.

“Football is unpredictable, so you can never really tell what will or won’t happen,” Tony said after training on Thursday. “You can get hurt while running in the air. Injuries aren’t really that hard. But it’s just about taking care of your body, it’s all about recovery. So, I just have to do better.

The real season is coming soon — September 11 — and elusive wide receiver Tony needs to be a big part of new head coach Brian Dabore’s offense.

“At the end of the day, when my number is called, I have to be available,” Tony said. “I think the offense is going to be really good. We just have to lock down and all 11 are playing.”

Tony, the former management’s first-round pick in 2021, struggled during a disappointing rookie season. He played in just 10 games, and his performance — 39 catches for 420 yards, no touchdowns — was negligible.

Kadarius Toney practices with the Giants on September 1, 2022.
Kadarius Toney practices with the Giants on September 1, 2022.
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“It was already behind me and I never really thought about it after the last game,” Tony said. “Always have a forward mentality. Get ready for the first week now.”

When asked what he expected from a second season, Tony said he didn’t set goals for himself. “I expect to do better than last year, I guess you can tell,” he said. “Nothing special, just in general, you can say, try to get a better mindset.”

It seems Tony didn’t quite grasp the script as a rookie. Dabor has repeatedly called Tony a smart player.

“It’s always good to know what to expect,” Tony said. “I feel good, just getting to this level I feel good. It’s all about getting better every day and then making it into a movie.

“I feel like I’m down, especially with things like walking around, I feel good.”

The Giants’ top three receivers — Tony, Kenny Gallardy and Sterling Shepard — didn’t quite set the world on fire this summer. Sheppard was recently activated from a physically unable to perform roster, recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. Golladay had a sluggish training camp and an unproductive preseason. Tony had a great movie snatch on the first day of training camp, but the credits were few and far between.

Kadarius Toney speaks to a Giants reporter on September 1, 2022.
Kadarius Toney speaks to a Giants reporter on September 1, 2022.
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“We are delighted to meet Kadarius,” said General Manager Joe Schoen. “He hasn’t played any pre-season games, so I’m happy to see him play in a meaningful game and know the playbook and play.”


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