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Rookie Kadarius Toney already frustrated with his role on the Giants

BEREA, OH - AUGUST 19: Wide receiver Kadarius Toney #89 of the New York Giants laughs as he warms up during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on August 19, 2021 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)
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New York Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney has reportedly grown frustrated at the start of his NFL career. After their loss on Thursday night, the Giants have fallen to an 0-2 record for the fifth straight year. Through two games, the first-year wideout has only played 24 snaps. A source close to the young pass-catcher gave this quote to describe Toney’s issue.

“No use in having a sports car and not driving it.”

A source close to Kadarius Toney

As the Giants’ fourth-string receiver, the short number of snaps should come as no surprise. However, as a recent first-round draft pick, surely Toney expected more than what he has been given. Unfortunately for him, New York happens to have three veteran receivers higher up on their depth chart.

The Giants took Kadarius Toney off the board 20th overall in the 2021 NFL draft. Such a high selection brings about a set of personal expectations. Toney spoke on that a bit last week before their opening game against the Broncos.

“Early on, I really just expect to really contribute as much as I can to the team… You’ve just got to go with the flow, I guess.”

Kadarius Toney

Though they’ve started off quite slowly, the season is still young. That said, Toney still has plenty of time to work his way up the ranks inside the Giants receiver room. Moreover, New York remains well in range to compete for the NFC East division crown. They head home to host the Atlanta Falcons in Week Three.

The New York Giants this season

As previously mentioned, the Giants have now started 0-2 two for the fifth straight time. They have also missed the playoffs in each of those campaigns. Such a reality often shocks to reality where a team stands in the NFL. However, they may still have hope yet. As only one team in the NFC east emerged victorious last week, they have ample time to recover from their slow start. The addition of a 17th game may also prove fruitful for them in the long run.

This is a crucial season for New York. Failure to show progress will likely put several jobs on the line. This includes that of general manager Dave Gettleman and potentially head coach Joe Judge, among other members of the team’s executive branch.

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