The decision to stay away from the New York Giants for voluntary workouts was a brief one for Kadarius Toney, as the second-year wide receiver reversed his position over the weekend and reported to the team facility.
Toney has been in New York/New Jersey since Saturday, according to Bobby Skinner of Jomboy Media’s Talkin’ Giants, and has met with the team.
Dan Duggan of The Athletic confirmed Skinner’s initial report on Toney, adding the following note: “Nothing like some trade rumors to get a player to hop on a flight…”
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If this is true and the Giants did, in fact, lure Toney back to the team by leaking some trade rumors, then that’s a major win for new general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll. They appear to have dodged what could have been a long summer of wide receiver drama.
Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that the Giants “remain high” on Toney’s potential, but there’s “certainly frustration” when it comes to his off-the-field issues.
As for Kadarius Toney being traded, I’m still told the Giants weren’t shopping him. They were just willing to listen when some teams called, as they are with every player. Some teams wanted to see if Giants were willing to sell low. They are not.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) April 25, 2022
The buzz surrounding Toney started when he did not show up to voluntary minicamp when it started last Wednesday. Although his attendance was not mandatory, his absence was kind of a big deal since he still had not received his playbook and is coming off a pretty shaky rookie year.
Fellow wide receiver Kenny Golladay spoke out on the situation, saying “everyone” should be in attendance for voluntary workouts.
“Everyone should definitely be here,” Golladay said, via Vacchiano on Twitter. “As of right now, there’s a lot of energy going around. I think people are actually excited. Also, I think people are ready to get back in the building, because after coming off of last year, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth that you want to get it out.”