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Rookie Report: Progress of Giants' 2021 class


Rookies are at the midway point of their first season in the NFL. checks in with the team's class of 2021:

WR Kadarius Toney

The Giants' first-round pick has had to play through injuries and COVID-19 early in his NFL career. He only practiced a handful of times in the off-season, which resulted in only 25 snaps the first two weeks as he worked himself into the offense. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 5 against the Cowboys which limited him to only six snaps the next two weeks. He also injured his thumb but played through it in Week 8 against the Chiefs.

Toney's two best games came against the Saints and Cowboys, which were also the only two games where he was targeted more than five times this season. He caught six of nine targets for 78 yards in New Orleans and ten of thirteen targets for 189 yards against the Cowboys the following week. He has not had more than four receptions or 36 receiving yards in any other game.

Known as a dangerous player after the catch coming out of Florida, Toney has proven those scouting reports to be accurate with 207 of his 352 receiving yards having come after the catch. Pro Football Focus has tracked him for 89 yards after contact. Overall, he has 28 catches on 36 targets for 352 yards, including 18 catches that have gone for first downs. PFF has tracked him for four drops this season.

Toney has also rushed the ball three times for six yards, and completed one of two passes for 19 yards. He has had other opportunities to throw the ball but no one has been open and he has been smart enough not to force a pass down the field. He was used as a punt returner against the Chiefs in Week 8 and had one return for no yards.

LB Azeez Ojulari

The second-round pick leads NFL rookies in sacks with 5.5, a half-sack ahead of Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons. Ojulari had 2.5 sacks in one game against the Panthers, with one each coming in games against the Broncos, Washington Football Team and Falcons to start the season. He also has a forced fumble and seven quarterback hits, and PFF has tracked him with 24 pressures.

Ojulari has been stout setting the edge in the run game. He has six tackles for loss this season, and PFF has tracked him for only two missed tackles. He has amassed 25 tackles (15 solo), and had a batted pass against the Raiders. He has played 214 snaps on the left edge of the Giants defense, and 103 snaps on the right edge.

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CB Aaron Robinson

The third-round pick dealt with a sport hernia in the off-season and was on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start the season. He returned in Week 8 against the Chiefs. In the last two games he has logged six special teams snaps and 16 defensive snaps. PFF has not tracked him as being targeted with any passes.

LB Elerson Smith

The fourth-round pick was also on PUP after suffering a hamstring injury in the off-season. He played his only two snaps against the Raiders on kick return.

RB Gary Brightwell

The sixth-round pick has only taken 10 snaps on offense, but he has been a staple on special teams with 126 snaps split between kick return, kick coverage, punt return and punt coverage. He has one special teams solo tackle and five assists.

LB Quincy Roche

The Giants claimed the Steelers' sixth-round pick after he was put on waivers during final cut by Pittsburgh. He got on the field in Week 3 and his role has only increased since, playing 58 and 59 snaps, respectively, over the last two weeks.

He has rotated between the left and right sides of the defensive line, but played the best game of his career when he lined up on the right side of the line in Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders. He finished the game with a sack, forced fumble and a pair of quarterback hits, including the game-saving strip-sack of David Carr. On the season, he has a sack, three quarterback hits, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and six tackles. He has also played minor role on special teams on kick return and both punt units.

DL Raymond Johnson III

An undrafted free agent out of Georgia Southern, Johnson is a little undersized for a defensive tackle at 270 pounds. He has played in all but one of the games this season. He has 80 snaps and has lined up all over the defensive line. He has one tackle this season and Pro Football Focus has tracked him for three hurries.

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