“I am ready to go.”
These four words and the emotions they project are exactly what the Giants want and need to hear from Kadarius Tony, who is often unprepared to go early in his career.
Tony hasn’t played in any of his three preseason games this summer, dealing with the after-effects of knee surgery and subsequent hamstring issues, and has rarely hit the ground running during training camp practices. was.
“Football is unpredictable, so you can’t really say what will or won’t happen,” Tony said after practice Thursday. It’s really not that hard to get hurt, but it’s all about taking care of your body and recovering.So I have to do a better job of doing that.
The real season is coming September 11th. And Tony, an elusive wide receiver, will have to become part of the attention of new head coach Brian in his Dabor offensive system.
“It ended up being available when my number was called,” said Tony. “I think the offense is going to be a lot better. All 11 guys had to lock in he just played as one.”
Tony, who was drafted by his former front office in the first round of 2021, has struggled in a disappointing rookie season. He played in just his 10 games, and his stats (420 yards on 39 receptions, no touchdowns) were insignificant.
“It’s already behind me. I’ve never really thought about it since the last game,” Tony said. “Always a positive mentality. Get ready for week one now.” ”
When asked what he expects from the second season, Tony said he hasn’t set goals for himself. “Nothing specific, but generally just trying to get into a better mindset.”
It never seemed like Tony had a full grasp of the playbook as a rookie. Daboll has repeatedly said Tony is a smart player.
“It’s always good to know what to expect,” said Tony. “It feels pretty good. Just getting to this level feels pretty good. It’s all about improving day by day and getting it on film.
“I feel so much better, especially when I move my body.”
The Giants’ top three receivers (Tony, Kenny Goladay and Sterling Shepherd) didn’t set the world on fire this summer. Shepard recently recovered from a torn Achilles tendon and was activated off the physically unworkable list. Tony got his film Highlights on the first day of camp, but got little credit.
“We look forward to meeting Kadarius,” said General Manager Joe Shane. “He hasn’t played in a preseason game, so I’m excited to see him take the field at a meaningful opportunity and know the playbook and play.