Kadarius Toney will shine in 2022
By: Jake Rajala
The New York Giants are more complex than the INTJ personality type and it’s unclear in which direction they will move next season. The new head coach & offensive guru Brian Daboll and a healthy Saquon Barkley can certainly benefit from breakout studs next season. With that said, I’m going to simply untwine three breakout candidates on the NY Giants.
The polarizing, second-year WR Kadarius Toney should excel under Daboll in the Big Apple. Toney may be nursing an injury in OTAs, but Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com nicely points out how Toney was MIA at this portion of OTAs in the last off-season. Daboll will be happy to get Toney involved, as the Giants HC has a knack for making slot weapons very productive. The former Bills WR Cole Beasley was second-team All-Pro in 2020 and he also had 105+ targets in each of his three seasons in New York. All in all, Toney has underperformed given his gifted ability, and I expect a hungry in a better situation to explode in 2022.
The Giants rookie pass rusher may be a very high draft pick, but there have been too many highly-anticipated rookie edge rushers that unveiled modest performances in their careers. I love Thibodeaux’s ceiling, but I am also a big fan of the Giants DC Don Martindale and his aggressive, creative approach to football. He should cook up plenty of exciting match-ups for the rook next to the versatile Leonard Williams.
It may feel like the worn-down Daniel Jones has been in the league for several seasons, but Jones is still riding on his rookie contract. Danny Dimes hasn’t quite lived up to his rookie season (24 passing TDs, including superb deep-throwing ability). I trust that Jones has the best opportunity in his career with the former Josh Allen coach, a highly motivated Barkley, and Evan Neal at RT. I believe he can throw around 30 passing touchdowns and make splash plays in the underrated offense.