Jaguars must give Giants a call about WR Kadarius Toney

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

As the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Urban Meyer often got the spotlight because of what he did or said. You could count all the incidents he was involved in and/or directly responsible for and you would end up with a pretty lengthy list. One of the mildest ones happened right after the 2021 NFL Draft, when he said he wanted to draft wide receiver Kadarius Toney with the 25th overall pick before the New York Giants took him at No. 20. One year later, the Jags might have a chance to acquire him.

Pat Leonard of The Daily News not only ago reported the Giants were placing Toney on the trade block, noting that the receiver’s commitment was put in question during his rookie campaign due to “lack of playbook study, poor meeting behavior, and frequent injuries“. After Leonard’s report surfaced, Toney shared a message on his Instagram account, “If you believe everything on the internet, you gullible [sic]“.

There are currently no reports linking Toney to the Jaguars and they may not even be interested but they should definitely call the Giants and do due diligence. The former Gator can definitely play and although they were few and far between, he showed flashes during the 2021 season. Maybe New York wasn’t a fit or the current regime doesn’t value him as much as the previous one. Either way, Jacksonville needs to make an exploratory call and see what kind of compensation would get a deal done.

The Jaguars need to keep adding weapons to their wide receiver corps.

The Jaguars signed Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency. They also brought back Laquon Treadwell but they could still add one or two weapons this offseason. Head coach Doug Pederson told the media that this year’s wide receiver class isn’t as deep as it was in previous years. He believes the top prospects are good but thinks there’s a dropoff once you get down the road.

The Jaguars have four picks in the top 70, including two in the third round, and they might wait until the fourth round or later to add a wide receiver. If that’s the case, they should then consider trading for Tooney. He won’t cost a first-round pick, and the Giants might need to settle on a mid-round pick given all the info that has surfaced about him. Jacksonville has plenty of ammo to pull off a trade.

Wouldn’t it be kind of ironic if the Jaguars trade for Toney? He would be on the team but Meyer wouldn’t one year after the latter made his wish to draft the former known.

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