Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The 1 explosive giants WR that the Aries have to consider on Sunday

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Just because Kenny Golladay isn’t on the New York Giants’ grid on Sunday doesn’t mean the most explosive, wide-reception option won’t see the field against the Los Angeles Rams.

This title belongs to Kadarius Toney of the Giants … and it’s the only dynamic wideout the Rams will have to look out for during Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium.

Toney was one of the injured Giants in their 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday October 10th. However, according to CBS Sports, he plans to practice on his injured ankle for Wednesday’s session.

And given the Rams’ early problems against explosive plays, especially against the pass, Toney could face an afternoon breakout in East Rutherford, New Jersey unless the Rams come up with a brilliant plan to slow him down.

Here’s how 22-year-old Toney has done this season:

Not only is Toney someone who added a much-needed element of speed to the 1-4 Giants, but he also has the Jets to slip between two defenders, as seen here:

Here’s a sky view of the same catch – which led Toney to put New York on the 5-yard line of cowboys.

And while the talk about defending the Cowboys centered on Trevon Diggs, Toney scored this personal victory over the talented Dallas cornerback: he created a break from that 2-step pivot move during man-tagging:

Oh, with that reported 4.39 40 yard dash speed, the Giants can hook him up as a Wildcat QB, as seen below:

Toney is so smart that during his days at the University of Florida he was once referred to as “the human joystick” by former college head coach Jim McElwain.

The Rams have given up six air touchdowns in five games. However, they have given up five TD passes in their last three games.

These include the 39- and 23-yarder DK Metcalf had against the Rams on Thursday October 7th. Also, 41-yarder AJ Green scored a goal in their Week 4 loss to the Cardinals.

Even more amazing, the Rams allowed 11 deals of 25 yards or more through Stathead in 2021. A year ago, the league’s best defense gave up only 23 passes of that yard mark or higher – giving them an average of only 1.4 passes per game in that category. This time the Rams allowed an average of 2.2 25+ passing games.

Per PFF, six different ram defenders have seen a 25- or 42-yard compound climb on their side. These include All-Pro CB Jalen Ramsey (25-yarder), Slot CB David Long (was the targeted defender of the Green TD) and Security Captain Jordan Fuller (42-yarder).

So how do the Rams control this “joystick” at the Giants?

I’d say bracketing it, but the Giants will most likely pull around Toney to create disagreements. Head coach Joe Judge will likely try to bring Kenny Young to Toney as the Rams Inside linebacker is one of the defenders who battled the pass in Week 5. Using this table from PFF, Toney has won 105 of his yards in the short center of the field – that’s the Young mans side.

However, it will be fun to watch Ramsey and Toney measure speed with speed. I won’t rule out Raheem Morris Ramsey betting on him to test the Rookie WR. Another likely scenario? Rams rookie Robert Rochell is assigned to Toney, which turns into a fight between the guys who previously ran a 4/3.

Regardless of this, Sunday offers the Rams the opportunity to improve on their failures in pass defense. Including the Toney “joystick” is a great way to improve.

I’d say bracketing it, but the Giants will most likely pull around Toney to create disagreements. Head coach Joe Judge will likely try to bring Kenny Young to Toney as the Rams Inside linebacker is one of the defenders who battled the pass in Week 5. Using this table from PFF, Toney has won 105 of his yards in the short center of the field – that’s the Young mans side.

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