January 10, 2022 was a dreary day for Cowboys, Eagles, and Commanders followers the world over because the New York Giants introduced normal supervisor Dave Gettleman’s retirement. In his 4 years as GM, Gettleman made so many unthinkably dangerous strikes that he grew to become extra helpful to the Cowboys than Dak Prescott, extra very important to the Commanders’ success than Chase Young, and higher for an Eagles fan’s psychological well being than Jason Kelce. Whether it was drafting Daniel Jones sixth total in 2019, Andrew Thomas fourth total in 2020, signing Adoree’ Jackson for more cash than Logan Ryan, or letting go of Romeo Okwara in 2018 in change for washed-up veteran Connor Barwin, Gettleman was all the time certain to carry a smile to his rivals’ faces. Just like dying and taxes, his blunders had been inevitable.
Giants’ followers jumped with glee because the information was introduced although. The man who swore to carry the franchise again to successful solely to create one of many sorriest franchises within the league was lastly gone. Three months later, new GM JoeSchoen is already making an attempt to undermine Gettleman’s last draft.
According to a report from Pat Leronard of the New York Daily News on Friday, the Giants and Schoen need to commerce their 2021 first-round draft decide after only one season with the crew. Kadarius Toney, 23, had a disappointing rookie season, catching simply 39 passes for 420 yards and no touchdowns in 10 video games performed, however he was nonetheless second on the crew in receiving by solely 101 yards whereas taking part in in 4 fewer video games than the crew’s main receiver, Kenny Golladay.
Clearly, manufacturing isn’t the rationale for this resolution. According to Leonard, Toney’s resolution to choose out of the Giants’ voluntary offseason packages was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s again. Per Leonard, “There was some internal momentum for bailing on Toney during his tumultuous rookie season a year ago. His commitment came into question behind the scenes during his rookie year due to lack of playbook study, poor meeting behavior and frequent injuries.”
While the injuries are obviously not Toney’s fault, they have become an issue for the former Florida Gator. He was forced to miss most of Giants’ training camp his rookie year due to a hamstring injury and was constantly hindered by ankle, quad, and oblique injuries (as well as COVID) throughout the season. His injuries have become so prevalent that Draft Sharks offers Toney a 54 p.c likelihood of struggling a minimum of one harm in 2022, in addition to a 4.5 p.c likelihood of getting harm in anyone sport subsequent season.
To put that in perspective, even somebody as harm susceptible as Christian McCaffrey has been over the previous few seasons is given a 78 p.c likelihood. That’s after two seasons the place he performed 10 video games complete, as many as Toney performed. Yet nonetheless, Toney has earned a 54 p.c mark after simply his rookie season.
There are additionally the persona points that Leonard talked about. The Giants aren’t too far faraway from their Odell Beckham Jr. days, and whereas neither Schoen nor new head coach Brian Daboll had been concerned with that crew, they most likely noticed the impact the OBJ saga had on the Giants on the time. Toney’s refusal to review playbooks and never disrupt conferences coupled with the truth that he expressed frustration along with his lack of utilization early final season regardless of lacking most of coaching camp AND the truth that he was ejected from a sport for throwing a punch at Cowboys’ security Demontae Kazee are all immense causes for concern, and Schoen is seeking to get out in entrance of it. It simply goes to indicate that it doesn’t matter what Gettleman tried to perform, he might by no means appear to make a superb transfer.
Toney wasn’t even the receiver he wished. He needed to commerce down as a result of he wished DeVonta Smith, however the Eagles traded up in entrance of the Giants to snag the previous Heisman winner. Drafting Toney was a transfer of desperation, very like a number of of Gettleman’s selections all through his tenure as GM, and similar to signing Nate Solder for an exorbitant worth, throwing an excessive amount of cash at Levine Toilolo, or overpaying Adoree’ Jackson, that determined transfer for a receiver might price the Giants large time.