Kadarius Toney is not exactly off and running for the start of his NFL career with the Giants.
The rookie wide receiver on Thursday was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced. Toney, in accordance with NFL protocols, is isolating and participating remotely in all meetings.
All rookies, quarterbacks and players rehabbing from injuries reported for camp on Wednesday. The full squad reports on Tuesday, with the first practice set for Wednesday of next week. So, it appears Toney will miss some time on the field early in camp.
It has been an eventful indoctrination for Toney. The Giants traded down from No. 11 with the Bears in the first round of the NFL draft to take Toney with the No. 20 overall pick. A shifty slot receiver, Toney starred in 2020 for Florida, catching 70 passes for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns, ranking among the leaders in the nation at forcing missed tackles. Upon arrival with the Giants, he missed some time in rookie and minicamps, held out at times as a precaution, other times because he needed to adjust his footwear and later allowed to miss practice entirely to attend to a personal family situation.
Toney is expected to make an immediate impact on offense for the Giants, adding to a receiver corps that included Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Kenny Golladay, the Giant’s marquee free-agent signing.