The New York Giants are arguably the most surprising 3-1 team in the NFL and will be taking their show on the road in Week 5. They are heading overseas to take on the Green Bay Packers in London in what will be a tough test.
In most weeks, the Giants are at a talent deficiency compared to their opponent, especially when it comes to offensive firepower. Outside of running back Saquon Barkley, there aren’t any players that opponents are game-planning against to slow down.
Barkley is leading the league in rushing yards and the Giants lead the league in rushing as quarterback Daniel Jones has chipped in 193 yards of his own. However, this passing offense needs a lot of work.
New York has struggled to get things going through the air and there is a mix of reasons for the lack of success there. Jones has shown that he is a gamer but he struggles to elevate the teammates around him. Alas, despite how expensive the wide receiver group is, they fail to make a big impact on the game as Richie James, a career special teamer before this season is the leading receiver.
Sterling Shepard, one of Jones’ favorite targets, was lost for the season against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 when he tore his ACL. He is the second Giants’ receiver to be lost for the season as Collin Johnson tore his Achilles in the offseason.
One player that they were hoping to get some production from this season was Kadarius Toney. He was the team’s first-round pick in 2021 and possesses the game of game-changing explosiveness that this offense is sorely lacking.
Unfortunately for him and the Giants, Toney just cannot stay healthy. He has not appeared in a game since Week 2 and his chances of playing this weekend don’t seem to be very high.
According to Dan Duggan, the Giants beat reporter for The Athletic, Toney was once again absent from the practice field. Duggan said that his chances of suiting up and playing on Sunday are not good.
Toney found himself behind the eight-ball with the new regime, as he wasn’t part of the game plan early on, but injuries have been an issue for Toney throughout his professional career. He played in 10 games as a rookie and he battled ailments throughout the offseason.
Daboll and the coaching staff would love to add his athleticism to the offense as they need to find someone other than Barkley that can get the job done. There are certainly opportunities to seize, but Toney has been unable to take advantage because of his inability to stay on the field.