Kadarius Toney posted this to Instagram. He was visibly upset at one point on the sideline in the second half after speaking with Joe Judge.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) September 17, 2021
Nothing at a Golladay-Jones level, but clearly wasn’t happy. pic.twitter.com/L29NEjdSI6
That’s after an apparent third-quarter exchange between Toney and head coach Joe Judge that lasted for about ten seconds. Toney stormed off visibly upset, noted NJ.com:
“He didn’t yell at anyone, like another Giants receiver, but he was clearly unhappy. It was written on his face. He crossed his arms and stood alone, away from his teammates. He didn’t go back in the game.”
The Florida product set foot on the field for just 19 snaps, about 30 percent of the total offensive plays. He didn’t record any statistics. In the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos, Toney caught two passes for -2 yards.
Even before Toney could post on his Instagram, Twitter had already begun questioning his limited use by Judge.
Once again, Kadarius Toney sitting on the sideline doing absolutely nothing...— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) September 17, 2021
Why even have him active if you're not gonna use him?
Hey #Giants whyd you draft Kadarius Toney so early if you aren’t going to use him ….— NFL Draft Insider (@JaredNFLDraft) September 17, 2021
NJ.com further noted that a person familiar with Toney’s thinking told them, “No use in having a sports car and not driving it.”
The last time Toney was asked about his potential role was at the beginning of the season on Sept. 8.
“Early on, I really just expect to really contribute as much as I can to the team,” he said. “There is not a really definite answer, I guess you could say. You’ve just got to go with the flow, I guess.”
The frustration at FedEx Field on Thursday night was not limited to just Toney. Fellow Giants wide receiver Kenny Golliday shared a clearly tense moment with Daniel Jones following a stalled offensive series in the second half. Golladay finished the game with a pair of drops along with three catches for 38 yards on eight targets.
Kenny Golladay saying something to Daniel Jones pic.twitter.com/nDqkF6k3S6— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) September 17, 2021
Quarterback Daniel Jones was asked about that following the game, noting that Golliday’s frustration wasn’t focused solely on him. “We’re all good. I Love Kenny. He played hard and did a lot of good things out there,” said Jones.
Daniel Jones was asked several times for clarity on Kenny Golladay shouting on the sidelines: “I think he was just frustrated at the situation. I don’t really think it was to me or anyone else.” #NYGvsWAS pic.twitter.com/ZWNIMECudr— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) September 17, 2021
The (0-2) Giants host the (0-1) Atlanta Falcons for their third game of the season a week from Sunday at Met Life Stadium.
Toney has now taken to social media — again — to explain that his last post was taken the wrong way.
Y’all try to turn anything into something, SMH ♂️we good over here— Kadarius Toney (@0fficialC2N) September 17, 2021