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Seeing Saquon Barkley cutting and running is fantastic.
The Giants have a variety of candidates on offense. The ideal answer would be Daniel Jones, but I’m not convinced the quarterback will make a Josh Allen-like leap in Year 3. Running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay have the talent to be the team’s MVP, but each has durability issues. That leads me to defense, with Leonard Williams, Blake Martinez standing out as top candidates. But I’ll give the nod to James Bradberry, who was a shutdown corner in his first season with the Giants and should be even better with an improved supporting cast in the secondary this season. — Dan Duggan
1 Player on Every NFL Team Who Could Disappoint in 2021 - Bleacher Report
New York Giants: WR Kadarius Toney
There was a time when rookie receivers—even those taken in the first round—weren’t expected to contribute significantly right away. However, the recent surge in quality rookie receiver talent has changed the narrative there.
Players like DK Metcalf, A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin and Justin Jefferson have raised the expectation level for rookie wideouts.
Those expecting New York Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney to be an instant difference-maker in the level of Metcalf or Jefferson could be disappointed. The Florida product has undeniable speed, but he’s extremely raw as a route-runner.
“His routes can look like one-on-one isolation basketball moves at times, but he has the ability to make instant cuts and break his routes off sharply. He could become a much more creative and consistent route runner in due time,” NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein wrote.
Toney may primarily be a gadget player early in his career, and while there’s value in that, many New York fans may be disappointed that he isn’t an instant 1,000-yard pass-catcher.
For what its worth, I cannot imagine anyone who follows the Giants closely legitimately thinks Toney will be a 1,000 yard receiver in Year 1. Especially with Kenny Golladay, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph all looking for targets from Daniel Jones.
After PFF ranked him as the fifth best CB in the league, CBS Sports’ Patrik Walker kept James Bradberry out of the top 10.
Given the drama between Golden Tate and Jalen Ramsey, it was interesting to see the Rams make Tate’s short list of teams he’d like to play for next year.
Saquon, Nick Gates and Jabrill Peppers highlight Matt Lombardo’s list.
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