Randy Moss is a fan of Kadarius Toney
Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney returned to the field Monday night after missing the previous game due to an ankle injury.
Prior to the opening kickoff, ESPN caught a nice moment between the rookie receiver and one of the all-time greats at the position, Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
"I'm a big fan of yours, young buck," Moss told the rookie receiver on the field during warmups. "I'm telling you, you got a lot of promise in your future, boy. Keep your head on, dog. I can't wait to see you out here. Good luck tonight."
Toney is off to a promising start in his NFL career. In seven games (two starts), the 22-year-old has caught 27 passes for 343 yards. His best performance came in the team's Week 5 loss against the Cowboys, where the rookie reeled in 10 passes for 189 yards and showcased his electric playmaking ability on numerous occasions.
Moss put together a spectacular 14-year career in the NFL, finishing with 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. He set numerous NFL records, including most touchdown receptions in a season (23) and most touchdown catches by a rookie (17).
After the game, Toney showed his appreciation towards the NFL legend.
"He just said he was ready to watch me play," Toney said about his conversation with Moss. "You're talking to the G.O.A.T. He just encouraged me. He wanted me to go out there and play my best. He was excited to just watch me. ... It means a lot because I grew up knowing what he did for this league impact-wise, and that means a lot to me."
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No single game or result, no matter how exhilarating or disappointing, is going to cloud Joe Judge's long-term vision for the Giants.
The second-year head coach remained resolute today after another narrow defeat, this one a 20-17 decision against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night in Arrowhead Stadium. The high-scoring Chiefs were held to a pair of fourth-quarter field goals in the second half, but the Giants spoiled their opportunity to fly home with a big victory because of costly penalties, missed opportunities and late offensive and defensive breakdowns.
The Giants are 2-6 heading into their home game Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. Three of the defeats were by a total of seven points.
"People ask that all the time in terms of learning to win," Judge said on a conference call today. "To me, it's about the execution for the entire 60 minutes. I talk a lot about (how) there have been certain games, last night being one, where we can't do things that eliminate our chance to have success by eliminating opportunities for ourselves or giving opportunities to the opponent. That's really what it comes down to, just playing with good fundamentals, good execution, making sure we're sound in the situations.
"As coaches, we have to put ourselves in the right call to be successful and then we go out there and we have to execute on the field. It all ties together. There's not some magic potion, there's not some motivational speech. It's about going out there and doing your job for 60 minutes to make sure you do it well."
View photos from the New York Giants' Week 8 matchup on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Best of Week 8 ManningCast with Eli and Peyton
ESPN's alternate Monday Night Football broadcast, the ManningCast, was back in action on Monday as Eli and Peyton welcomed a star-studded list of guests for the Week 8 matchup between the Giants and Chiefs.
The Manning brothers were joined by comedian and Giants fan Jon Stewart, before Eli's former teammate and Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan came on the broadcast. Bills quarterback and former Manning Passing Academy attendee Josh Allen was up next, before Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin rounded out the list of guests.
Check out the videos below to watch the best of the Week 8 ManningCast.