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Inside the Numbers: Kadarius Toney makes history


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kadarius Toney couldn't escape the plague of injuries that struck the Giants Sunday in Dallas, but that didn't thwart the rookie from having one of the most productive games by a wide receiver in the team's history.

The Giants' 2021 first-round draft choice caught 10 passes for 189 yards, eclipsing the previous franchise rookie record of 185 yards set by Odell Beckham, Jr. on Dec. 28, 2014.

Despite sustaining an ankle injury in the game, Toney became one of just five rookies in NFL history with at least 10 receptions and 185 receiving yards. Two of them are Giants.

  • 9/23/1979: Jerry Butler (Buffalo) - 10 catches, 255 yards
  • 12/09/1985: Jerry Rice (San Francisco) - 10 catches, 241 yards
  • 9/07/2003: Anquan Boldin (Arizona) - 10 catches, 217 yards
  • 12/28/2014: Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants) - 12 catches, 185 yards
  • 10/10/2021: Kadarius Toney (Giants) - 10 catches, 189 yards

Toney had the fourth-highest yardage total by an NFL rookie receiver in the 10 seasons covering 2012-21:

  • 11/18/2012: Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville) - 236 yards
  • 11/16/2014: Mike Evans (Tampa Bay) - 209 yards
  • 10/29/2017: JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh) - 193 yards
  • 10/10/2021: Kadarius Toney (Giants) - 189 yards

Toney and Beckham are the only Giants rookies to exceed 180 receiving yards in a game:

  • 10/10/21: Kadarius Toney - 189 yards
  • 12/28/2014: Odell Beckham, Jr. - 185 yards
  • 10/13/1985: Mark Bavaro - 176 yards
  • 10/14/1979: Earnest Gray - 169 yards
  • 11/03/2014: Odell Beckham, Jr. - 156 yards

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Toney was the fifth Giants receiver to average 18.9 or more yards on at least 10 catches and the first to do so since Hakeem Nicks on Sept. 16, 2012 (10 receptions for 199 yards, 19.9-yard average).

Toney's 189 yards are tied for the third-highest total by a player in the NFL this season:

  • 10/10/2021: Davante Adams (Green Bay) - 206 yards
  • 09/12/2021: Tyreek Hill (Kansas City) - 197 yards
  • 09/12/2021: Deebo Samuel (San Francisco) - 189 yards
  • 10/10/2021: Kadarius Toney (Giants) - 189 yards

Toney had 267 receiving yards against New Orleans and Dallas the last two weeks. Only Adams has a higher total in that time with 270.

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*Kenny Golladay (116 yards at New Orleans on Oct. 3) and Toney gave the Giants 100-yard receivers in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 9-15, 2019, when Darius Slayton had 154 yards in Philadelphia and Sterling Shepard 111 vs. Miami.

*In addition to his receiving exploits, Toney ran for a seven-yard gain and threw a pass to running back Devontae Booker that fell incomplete. He was the first Giants player with a reception, a rush, and a pass attempt in a game since running back Shane Vereen against Kansas City on Nov. 19, 2017, and the first wide receiver since Beckham at Tennessee on Dec. 7, 2014.

*Dallas' Cedrick Wilson and Atlanta's Cordarrelle Patterson also caught, ran with and threw the football in Week 5. The game against the Cowboys was the Giants' first since the 1970 merger in which wide receivers threw passes for each team.

*Graham Gano kicked a pair of 51-yard field goals for the Giants in Dallas. That increased his two-year total of field goals 50 yards or longer to nine, tying Joe Danelo's franchise record. Gano is tied with Atlanta's Younghoe Koo and Miami's Jason Sanders for the NFL's second-highest total since the start of the 2020 season, one behind Denver's Brandon McManus.

*Gano has kicked seven of his nine long field goals on the road, tying with him Sanders for second in the league during that time – again, one behind McManus.

*Six of Gano's 50+-yard field goals were against the Cowboys, including five in Dallas. That is twice as many long field goals as any other kicker has against a single opponent in the last two years. Last season, Tennessee's Stephen Gostkowski kicked three for Tennessee at Minnesota, Koo booted three vs. New Orleans, and Buffalo's Tyler Bass kicked three at Arizona. Green Bay's Mason Crosby has three against San Francisco, one last season and two this year.

*At different times this season, Nick Gates, Blake Martinez, Sterling Shepard, Jabrill Peppers and Andrew Thomas had consecutive game starting streaks that were at the top or among the longest on the Giants. Each has since missed games with injuries. Safety Logan Ryan currently has the top streak with 20 straight starts. He is followed by defensive lineman Leonard Williams (8), quarterback Daniel Jones (7), cornerback James Bradberry (7) and linebacker Tae Crowder (7).

*When Matt Peart opened the game at right tackle in Dallas, he became the ninth different starter on the Giants' offensive line this season. That is the team's highest number of O-line starters through five games since 1979 when they also had nine (excluding 1987, when they played three strike replacement games and had 13).

*The Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have each started nine players on their offensive line, one less than New England, which has the NFL's highest total with 10.

*On Sunday, the Cowboys ran for 201 yards and had 314 net passing yards. They are the first Giants opponent with 200+ rushing yards and 300+ passing yards since Dec. 23, 2012, when the Baltimore Ravens rushed for 224 yards and passed for 309 in a 33-14 victory against the Giants.

*New Orleans and Dallas rushed for a total of 371 yards, the highest total allowed by the Giants in a two-game span since Dec. 20-27, 2015, when Carolina and Minnesota totaled 389 yards on the ground.

*The Giants did not allow a sack the last two weeks, the only NFL team to do that in consecutive games this season.

*The Giants have at least one takeaway in each of their first five games for the first time since 2011 when they forced a turnover in each of the first 10 games. They are one of four teams with at least one takeaway in every game this season. Ironically, they are joined by the Saints and Cowboys, as well as Indianapolis.

*Daniel Jones completed five passes Sunday before he was forced from the game with a concussion. That was the fewest completions by a Giants starter since Dec. 12, 2004, when rookie Eli Manning completed just four of 18 throws in Baltimore and was relieved by Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.

*Dallas' 98-yard touchdown drive Sunday was the longest vs. the Giants since the Minnesota Vikings scored on a 98-yard march on Oct. 6, 2019.

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