The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 1 and roster movement is essentially guaranteed. One of the more intriguing players potentially available is New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney, according to multiple reports. Toney has recorded two receptions for zero yards on the season while struggling to stay healthy. Toney has played a total of 35 snaps through six contests.
The Giants have chosen to play Richie James and Wan’Dale Robinson ahead of Toney at times. All three receivers possess fairly similar skill sets. It’s worth acknowledging that new Giants general manager Joe Schoen inherited Toney from the previous regime. Schoen drafted Robinson himself, an occurrence that further muddies Toney’s future.
The surprising 5-1 Giants remain in rebuilding mode and may be tempted to acquire draft capital in exchange for Toney’s unwanted services. Toney remains under contract through 2024 on an affordable, cost-controlled rookie deal. It makes the talented first-rounder an appealing target. We’ve identified three teams that should consider acquiring Toney.
Chicago’s passing-game struggles have been well documented. The Bears are averaging a league-low 122.8 passing yards per contest. Starting quarterback Justin Fields has attempted just 115 passes this season (19.1/game). Fields is completing just 54.8% of his attempts and has more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4). Both Fields and Chicago’s passing game must showcase dramatic improvement down the stretch.
Many were concerned with the Bears’ lack of high-end pass-catching options heading into the season. Those concerns have proven to be legitimate. Even breakout candidate Darnell Mooney has recorded just 17 receptions for 241 yards and zero touchdowns. Fields needs help.
Bears first-year general manager Ryan Poles won’t be buying at the trade deadline, but Toney offers more than immediate assistance. Toney’s youth (23) and rookie contract make him worth building a future with. Adding Toney would also help the Bears simplify their offense. Toney’s ability to pick up chunks of yardage via bubble screens, jet sweeps, and other manufactured touches would be a much-welcomed addition to a Bears passing attack that makes even the easiest of tasks appear overly difficult.
Chicago’s current wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator is Tyke Tolbert, who coached Toney in the same role with the Giants last season.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
The 1-4 Raiders are arguably the league’s biggest disappointment thus far. Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler was extremely aggressive in the offseason, acquiring the likes of Davante Adams and Chandler Jones. The immediate payoff hasn’t arrived as head coach Josh McDaniels has struggled to catapult the Raiders into legitimate postseason contention.
Secondary pass-catching options behind Adams have been an issue. Mack Hollins is being heavily relied upon as the team’s No. 2 receiver on the boundary. The banged-up and underperforming duo of Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow have combined for just 280 receiving yards this season. The Raiders need more from this group.
McDaniels possesses a brilliant offensive mind and would understand how to best utilize Toney’s dynamic skill set. Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham could also advocate for Toney’s natural abilities after the two spent time together in East Rutherford last season. The Raiders may consider making a splash given their current struggles. Toney would make sense.
The Ravens entered the season without a true dominant No. 1 wide receiver and the early results have been as anticipated. Predictably, tight end Mark Andrews leads all Ravens pass-catchers in receiving yards (455) and touchdowns (5). Rashod Bateman has appeared in just four contests due to injury and is averaging 2.75 catches per contest.
The Ravens are averaging 205.7 passing yards per showing. That number is considerably down from last season’s totals (233/game). A seismic change in Baltimore’s overall offensive approach is also at fault via a return to their run-heavy roots, but the Ravens must field a more effective passing attack nonetheless.
Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman has consistently showcased the ability to mold his offense to the talents of his skill players. Roman would appreciate what Toney is capable of. Bringing Toney in motion pre-snap and utilizing him in the backfield on occasion would place a ton of stress on opposing defenses who were already struggling to cope with the threat Lamar Jackson poses.