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Kadarius Toney posts cryptic IG message after loss

Prized rookie receiver appears to express frustration over lack of playing time

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New York Giants rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney appeared to blow off steam on Instagram following Thursday night’s 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team.

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.

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.

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.

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.