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The New Giants Regime's approach to Kadarius Toney is paying off early

The New Giants Regime’s approach to Kadarius Toney is paying off early

The song was called “Warrior” from his music tape “Warrior 3,” and when it sounded from speakers lining the stadium as the Giants rehearsed training on the second day of training camp, the music composer and composer were stunned.

Artist Yung Joka was dumbfounded to hear himself, as was Kadarius Toney, the wide receiver of the Giants for the second year, who are the same.

“It kind of surprised me, it kind of made me feel bad,” Tony said on Friday. I was like, ‘Okay, okay, okay. “I appreciate them doing this because it showed me the desire to have a good relationship with me, do you know what I’m saying?”

A little can go a long way, and the inclusion of Tony’s hip-hop performances meant something to the 23-year-old, as he emerged from a turbulent and disappointing rookie season. Tony and confidence don’t go hand in hand, as much as his instant acceptance of those he doesn’t know. A previous coaching regime led by Joe Judge tried to get him to work with Toney, who was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he got hurt a lot and wasn’t quite prepared for what NFL life was about.

So far, much better for Tony. He’s healthy and digs new staff, led by Brian Dabol.

“I think he’s a very loyal guy,” Daboll said. “And you have to build trust with KT. And he had to build trust with me. Really not unlike a lot of guys. Trust is probably one of the most important things in any relationship you can build.”

“I’ve told you since day one, I’ve been very happy with KT, his approach, and how he is as a person, first and foremost, because that’s what I care about. We saw him in college. We evaluated him. He has a tremendous skill set. He’s smart. He is a good young player and we will help develop him in any way we can both on and off the field.”

Daboll said that while on vacation, he asked Toney to send him some samples of his music.

“He liked some more than others,” Daboll said. “A talented man.”

Kadarius Toney at Giants Boot Camp training on July 29, 2022.
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Some of Yung Joka’s songs were played during the spring, but Toney wasn’t expecting his bootcamp playlist to include his handiwork.

“I think that’s pretty cool, I’m not going to lie,” Tony said, then turned. “I am concentrating on the ball now.”

Ah yes ball. Possess The highlight of the first day of camp, jumped and secured a touchdown reception on Loeb from Daniel Jones, with Tony defeating strong coverage cornerback Aaron Robinson. There were other notable moments but also some tough patches, with Tony looking as if he’s still trying to figure out the new offense.

This time last year, Tony was dealing with a hamstring problem that limited his camp work, which led to the start of a worrisome series of physical ailments that often kept him out of training, as it turned out, out of six games in the junior season. .

when playing? It just blinks. That’s about it. It was a revelation in Week 4, when the Giants beat the Saints in New Orleans, by six receptions for 78 yards. A week later, it was a thrilling misty to lose in Dallas, with 10 catches for 189 yards, tearing the Cowboys apart by abandonment. It was a glimpse of what the Giants hoped Tony would be – once he got rid of the jagged edges.

“Just something to build on,” Tony said.

Minor knee surgery kept Tony off the field during the spring, but he’s full this summer. He admitted that he feels more comfortable in year number 2.

The new coaching staff is the perfect fit for Tony.

“I like that they honestly came here,” he said.

Tony appreciates the new offense because it allows what he calls more flexibility for the receivers. He described the 2021 approach as “pen and paper,” meaning receivers were required to play the tracks the exact way they were designed in the game’s handbook. Currently? There is room for more instinctive tweaks, as long as the receiver and Jones are in sync.

Kadarius Toney made a jump attempt against Zyon Gilbert at Giants training camp.
Kadarius Toney made a jump attempt against Zyon Gilbert at Giants training camp.
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“It gives you a chance to win, rather than just having to do it a certain way every time,” Tony said. “It’s all about chemistry with Danny as well. Only coaches can craft the play, and we have to carry it out. It takes a lot of communication, especially knowing who you’re running your ways, what to look for when you look at defense, things like that.”

It’s early days, but Tony seems like a new guy.

He said, “I’m getting ready to show what I can do.”

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