Kadarius Toney

NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Commanders, Staff, Toney, Giants, Eagles

The Cowboys and Commanders each ran afoul of NFL offseason rules during their OTA workouts this year. As a result, each team will lose 2023 practice time and each squad’s head coach received a six-figure fine. Both Mike McCarthy and Ron Rivera received $100K fines for workouts deemed over the line, the Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins and ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano note (Twitter link). Washington will be short two OTA days in 2023 due to excessive contact. This marks the second consecutive year McCarthy received a fine for offseason overwork. He received a $50K fine last year, with the Cowboys being docked $100K and a 2022 OTA for 2021 violations. The Cowboys will be docked one OTA day in 2023. OTAs do not hold the role they once did, and teams have begun to limit offseason activities on their own. The Eagles will go into training camp after not holding a mandatory minicamp. But Dallas and Washington will need to make minor adjustments to their 2023 offseason schedules.

Here is the latest from the NFC East:

  • Injuries wrecked the Giants‘ offense last season, sidelining starters at just about every position. Some new issues cropped up this offseason. Neither Kenny Golladay nor Kadarius Toney participated fully at any point during Big Blue’s offseason program, per NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt, who adds Toney is dealing with a new knee injury (Golladay’s issue is unknown). Toney injuries have become a recurring problem for the Giants. Ankle, oblique and quadriceps issues limited Toney to 10 games last season, one that began after he missed most of training camp due to a hamstring problem. This year’s camp becomes more important for the 2021 first-rounder as a result of last year’s run of setbacks.
  • Toney still projects as part of Brian Daboll‘s first 53-man roster; Darius Slayton might not. The Dave Gettleman-era investment has been mentioned in trade rumors, and The Athletic’s Dan Duggan views the former fifth-round pick as unlikely to be part of this year’s Giants edition (subscription required). The Giants are likely to continue shopping Slayton up until cut day, Duggan adds, as he would be their No. 5 receiver if everyone is healthy. Almost no one in the team’s top four (Golladay, Toney, Sterling Shepard, Wan’Dale Robinson) being healthy could point to Slayton staying. Shepard is still recovering from the Achilles tear he suffered last season. A two-time 700-yard receiver, Slayton is due a $2.54MM salary in 2022.
  • Both Shane Lemieux and Nick Gates were lost for the season early in the Giants’ miserable 2021 slate. While Lemieux is favored to start at left guard this season, Rosenblatt notes Gates might not return to action at all this season. This is not an out-of-the-blue development. Then-HC Joe Judge said Gates’ leg fracture sustained in Week 2 of last season could be career-threatening. That said, a report earlier this year gave Gates better odds at returning. The Giants gave Gates — a 16-game center starter in 2020 — a two-year, $6.82MM extension two years ago. But offseason addition Jon Feliciano is ticketed to take over at center.
  • The Eagles lost nearly all of their high-ranking front office staffers this offseason, seeing four of them leave for assistant GM gigs elsewhere. One of those, Andy Weidl, is now Omar Khan‘s right-hand man in Pittsburgh. Weidl worked with the Eagles for more than six years, and although he took over the team’s VP of player personnel post after Joe Douglas became the Jets’ GM in 2019, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes Howie Roseman did not give Weidl as much input as Douglas had. This became an understandable source of friction for Weidl. The Eagles went in a different direction with their new Roseman right-hand men, promoting staffers without traditional scouting backgrounds (Jon Ferrari and Alec Hallaby) to assistant GM posts.

Giants WR Kadarius Toney Had Knee Scope

Kadarius Toney may or may not be playing for the Giants next season. However, the fact that he hasn’t been a full participant during OTAs has nothing to do with the trade drama. According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News (and passed along by Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com), the wide receiver recently had a knee scope.

[RELATED: Giants GM: Kadarius Toney Not Being Shopped]

This explains why Toney was spotted in a red jersey during this week’s practices. Fortunately for the Giants (or potential suitors), the arthroscopic surgery shouldn’t sideline the wideout for very long, and he’s expected to be good to go by the time training camp starts.

The Giants have reportedly listened to offers on the 2021 first-round pick, but the organization has also made it clear that they’re not actively shopping the wideout. The intriguing Florida product has struggled to stay on the field and been a bit of a headache off it for the Giants, leading to some tension. The organization also raised some eyebrows when they selected receiver Wan’Dale Robinson in the second round of the 2022 draft, adding the rookie to a crowded depth chart that also features Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.

While Toney may have started to wear out his welcome in New York, he’d still be a hot commodity on the trade market. He showed plenty of flashes as a rook, finishing the 2021 campaign with 39 receptions for 420 yards despite inconsistent play from the QB position. Further, as our own Sam Robinson recently pointed out, the Giants would take on $11MM in dead money by trading him. That means a suitor would only be on the hook for Toney’s rookie-deal base salaries, creating some additional value in trade talks.

Giants GM: Kadarius Toney Not Being Shopped

We might be seeing the recent Kadarius Toney drama settle down, though the Giants’ draft actions do make their receiver depth chart quite crowded.

Still, Joe Schoen said (via The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, on Twitter) Toney is not being shopped. While the new Big Blue GM did not go into much detail on the Toney situation, he made his statement after being asked about the prospect of the 2021 first-round pick and Friday second-round choice (slot receiver Wan’Dale Robinson) coexisting.

The Giants exited Round 2 with a wideout surplus, with Toney and Robinson joining veterans Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. A 5-foot-8 target who caught 104 passes for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns at Kentucky last season, Robinson adds an inside weapon to New York’s receiver stable — one Schoen compared to Bills 5-7 gadget player Isaiah McKenzie. But the team already houses slot contributors in Shepard and Toney.

The team reached an agreement to bring back Shepard, and Schoen is shutting down the notion the new regime is bailing on Toney so soon. Although the Giants are shopping Slayton, they certainly appear to have some role overlap now that Robinson is on the team. A 2019 fifth-round pick, Slayton has shown flashes as a pro — despite the Giants’ struggles as a whole offensively — and finished with more than 700 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons. As the Giants’ offense cratered last year, Slayton finished with just 339 yards in 13 games.

Toney not being shopped does not mean the Giants are not listening to offers; it appears that has happened since the Toney trade talk started several days ago. Schoen declined to say the team is not listening on Toney.

The intriguing Florida product has struggled to stay on the field and been a bit of a headache off it for the Giants, but they would take on $11MM in dead money by trading him. A team that would acquire Toney would only be on the hook for his rookie-deal base salaries, creating value here considering Toney’s first-round pedigree. For the time being, however, the Giants will carry this interesting receiver quintet into their offseason program.

Latest On Giants, Kadarius Toney

Some brake-pumping appears necessary regarding a Kadarius Toney trade. The Giants’ new regime has discussed the 2021 first-round pick with teams, but SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano tweets the team is merely listening to offers rather than shopping the young wide receiver.

The Giants are open to dealing Toney, who flashed when available as a rookie. But last year’s No. 20 overall pick missed extensive game and practice time and did not impress the team with his work habits. New York’s Joe SchoenBrian Daboll regime still views the Florida alum as a key piece on offense, with Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com indicating the Giants want “significant” compensation for Toney (Twitter link).

[RELATED: Teams Split On Toney’s Value]

Nothing is imminent here, with Albert Breer of SI.com noting the new Big Blue power brokers do not seem motivated to unload Toney. Instead, they want to see how an offense featuring he and Saquon Barkley looks. This was a rare sight last season, which featured both Barkley and Toney suffering injuries. The duo only played four games together in 2021.

While teams may be calling on the receiver, nothing has “come close to materializing in terms of a trade,” per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo (via NFL.com). While Vacchiano’s report indicates that the Giants are the ones who are receiving the calls, Garafolo says it’s “unclear” if the Giants initiated any trade talks. Ultimately, the reporter says it “doesn’t seem very likely” that Toney is moved any time soon.

Toney attended the start of the Giants’ offseason program Monday, and a report surfaced earlier today indicating the team is shopping Darius Slayton, who is going into a contract year. The former fifth-round pick has displayed a larger body of work, but Toney — should he manage to stay on the field — looks to have more upside. While it is noteworthy the shifty ex-Gator even landed in trade rumors, Daboll likely wants to see how the second-year receiver looks in his offense before a move transpires.

NFC Rumors: Toney, Packers, Hainsey, Ragnow

With the news early this morning that Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney is on the trading block after only one season in New York, questions have arisen about the value Toney commands. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, interest in Toney covers the gamut across the NFL.

Howe reports that some teams have absolutely no interest, while other teams believe that giving him a chance to develop in their system will allow his talent and ability to shine. Toney showed explosive ability in college at Florida, scoring on big plays and showing elite ability after the catch. The Giants looked past several off-field concerns during his time in Gainesville when drafting Toney at 20th overall. Unfortunately for New York, Toney’s off-field issues continued into Year One of his NFL career.

Howe thinks that New York has potentially been trying to move Toney for a while now with little success. He posits that the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft will create some urgency either for receiver-needy teams looking for a young boost to their pass-catching group or for New York to accept a lesser price to get any value out of their failed first-round experiment from 2021.

Here are some other rumors from around the NFC, starting with a new name in Green Bay:

  • According to the Packers’ website, Green Bay finalized their staff this week with the addition of John Donovan as a senior analyst. After 19 years in college football culminating in offensive coordinator jobs at Vanderbilt and Penn State, Donovan first entered the NFL as an offensive quality control coach for the Jaguars. He left Jacksonville to return to college for the offensive coordinator job at the University of Washington. After two years in that role, Donovan will give the NFL another try, this time in Green Bay.
  • Former third-round pick Robert Hainsey played offensive tackle at Notre Dame before working through his rookie year in Tampa Bay at center. Greg Auman of The Athletic believes Hainsey could split the difference and compete for a starting job at guard this year. With Ali Marpet retiring and Alex Cappa signing in the offseason with the Bengals, the Buccaneers will need to replace both spots. They addressed one position, signing former-Patriots guard Shaq Mason to slot in at right guard. They also re-signed Aaron Stinnie who has been a reliable backup in Tampa Bay, but has only started one game in his four-year career. Expect Hainsey to get a chance to compete for the starting spot this offseason.
  • After suffering a season-ending toe injury in a Week 4 loss to the Bears last season, the Lions have reported that Frank Ragnow is feeling strong, healthy, and ready to return to his role as a leader in the middle of the Lions’ offensive line. The Lions will look forward to getting Ragnow back to lead an impressive-sounding group that includes Jonah Jackson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Taylor Decker, and Penei Sewell.

Latest On Giants WR Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney could be playing elsewhere next season. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports that the Giants receiver “could be available in a trade.” Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News was first with the news yesterday and was more definitive with his report, stating that the Giants front office is actively looking to trade the former first-round pick.

There were rumblings earlier this offseason that the Giants could consider moving on from Toney, and those reports didn’t come as much of a surprise following a rocky 2021 campaign. Toney was continually in the news last season, stemming from on-the-field issues (like the time he wore the wrong cleats or time he was tossed from practice for throwing a punch) or off-the-field issues (like “a lack of playbook study” or “poor meeting behavior,” per Leonard). The receiver also missed a handful of games with injuries and COVID.

When all was said and done, the Florida product ended up getting into 10 games for the Giants, hauling in 39 receptions for 420 yards and no touchdowns. Plenty of players have rebounded following tumultuous rookie seasons, but as Leonard points out, Toney has skipped out on the team’s offseason program with new head coach Brian Daboll, leading to his spot on the trade block.

When the Giants selected Toney with the No. 20 pick in last year’s draft, they were envisioning a variety of roles for the talented wideout. Toney projected to be a slot receiver in the NFL, but his Swiss Army Knife profile offered him an even greater upside. He was expected to join a revamped receivers depth chart that also featured Kenny Golladay plus John Ross, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Dante Pettis. Alas, the Giants still put forth one of the worst offensive performances in the NFL last season.

Giants Likely To Target Mitchell Trubisky

While perhaps due to a stagnant quarterback market, Mitchell Trubisky‘s free agency stock has climbed in recent days. The former Bears bust may have interesting second-chance options as a starter or with a team planning a competition.

The Giants fall into the latter category, committing to Daniel Jones returning. But the team is expected to target Trubisky to compete with the in-house starter, Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork.com notes. This would make for an interesting pairing, putting two maligned top-10 picks into a competition, and high-end backup money looks to be Trubisky’s floor at this point. The Trubisky momentum, as strange as this sounds, has been “off the charts” at the Combine, per Pauline.

Trubisky signed a one-year, $2.5MM deal with the Bills last year, trekking to Buffalo after a rough Chicago stay. The Giants hiring ex-Bills lieutenants Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll would make a Trubisky addition logical, since the team still plans to have Jones in the picture. The Giants will listen to offers for many players, but Schoen said (via ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan) Jones and Kadarius Toney are not up for discussion this offseason.

Josh Allen made every Bills start last season; Trubisky threw just eight passes in six inconsequential cameos. But he has 50 starts to his credit. The Steelers are also interested in Trubisky, who will turn 28 before Week 1. Since Trubisky’s 2018 Pro Bowl alternate bid, in Matt Nagy‘s first Bears season, he trended downward in Chicago. Trubisky may need to be choosey with his next destination, as starter chances may be elusive if he bombs with his next team. The Steelers join the Giants in being interested in the former No. 2 overall pick, though they are open to other names as well, and the Bills would be fine with him back as Allen’s understudy.

Even though the North Carolina product may never escape his Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson ties, this year’s QB trade market stalling beyond Watson would be a boon for the free agent crop. Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr not being heavily involved in trade rumors stands to help the likes of Trubisky, Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater. Aaron Rodgers staying in Green Bay, which may be becoming an iffier proposition than it appeared earlier this week, would also benefit the UFA crop, which includes Marcus Mariota as well.

NFL COVID List Updates: 12/23/21

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Giants’ Daniel Jones To Start In Week 6

FRIDAY: Jones cleared the protocol Friday. He is no longer on the Giants’ injury report and is set to make his return against the Rams this week.

The third-year quarterback will also have Sterling Shepard available. After missing two weeks with a hamstring injury, Shepard is good to go for Sunday. The injuries Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay sustained against Dallas will shelve them against Los Angeles, however. The team has listed Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton as questionable for Week 6. Toney managed three limited practices this week, making him a reasonable bet to play.

THURSDAY: Despite getting knocked out of last weekend’s loss to the Cowboys with a concussion, Daniel Jones could be on the field for Sunday’s game against the Rams. Coach Joe Judge told reporters that his starting QB is “on track with everything” as he looks to clear concussion protocol (via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan).

Jones completed five of his 13 pass attempts before exiting Sunday’s loss. Following a helmet-to-helmet hit, Jones stumbled off the field before getting carted to the locker room. Jones is currently in concussion protocol, and he was ruled out of practice on Wednesday. However, he was seen participating in work outs on a side field.

That would seemingly open the door to Jones clearing concussion protocol and playing on Sunday. Even if the QB doesn’t see the field this week at practice, Judge indicated that his starter could still be in the lineup against Los Angeles (per Raanan).

The former first-round pick has had an unremarkable start to the 2021 campaign, completing 64.3-percent of his passes for 1,282 yards, four touchdowns, and only one interception. He’s also added another 197 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. If the 24-year-old isn’t able to play this weekend, Mike Glennon would be under center for the Giants. The veteran made his first appearance of the season in Week 5, completing 16 of his 25 pass attempts for 196 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.