The New York Giants just had rookies report to training camp on Wednesday, and bad news has already struck for their most anticipated arrival, Kadarius Toney.
On Thursday, Toney, the electrifying wide receiver out of Florida, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. According to the Giants’ official website, Toney is partaking in meetings remotely while in isolation as part of the league’s health and safety protocols.
General manager Dave Gettleman selected Toney 20th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. New York traded back from No. 11 with the Chicago Bears, who moved up to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
Speaking of QBs, Gettleman made it a point to make sure his third-year signal-caller Daniel Jones was surrounded by a viable supporting cast entering 2021, aggressively acquiring talent this offseason on offense.
Free-agent playmaker Kenny Golladay came to the Big Apple from Detroit, Toney joined through the draft, and the Giants took a flier on former Cincinnati Bengals speedster John Ross.
With that revamped receiving corps and dynamic tailback Saquon Barkley returning from a major knee injury, all the pieces are in place for Jones to thrive in Year 3. The question is whether or not he can avoid turnovers, particularly fumbles, well enough to guide the G-Men to NFC East contention.
Toney is an undeniably explosive pass-catcher, yet he was viewed as a rather raw prospect coming out of college. He needs every rep he can get in training camp, and this early setback may hinder his ability to make an impact as a rookie — at least early on.