The speedy, crafty and versatile Cordarrelle Patterson has found new life with the Atlanta Falcons. Though the team as a whole isn't having much success, Patterson has 136 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns through two games, which puts him on pace for (by far) his best offensive season ever. He's 30 years old and he's bounced around the NFL a bunch, but he's certainly making the most of his newest opportunity so far.
It just goes to show how effective those Swiss army knife-type receivers can be in the NFL. The Pattersons, the Laviska Shenaults, the Curtis Samuels — they fit into that special type of player with huge upside, the ability to wreak havoc anywhere on the field and potential to break a 70-yard touchdown when the defense is least expecting it. In other words, they're just playmakers, plain and simple. And that's probably why a handful of Giants fans are up in arms about the fact that 2021 No. 20 overall pick Kadarius Toney, a talented player of that playmaking mold, has hardly sniffed the field to this point.
But there's another side to that coin, and it's one that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett pointed out when discussing the young wideout: he just hasn't been around the team all that much.
And when you've missed as much time and created as much social media drama as Toney has, it actually makes a good amount of sense that the team might not trust him yet. ESPN's Jordan Ranaan summed up the bulk of the issues concisely to remind us all what a tumultuous start it's been:
He had the cleat fiasco during rookie minicamp in May, missed workouts during organized team activities in June because his contract wasn't signed and left the team later in June during mandatory minicamp to handle a family matter. He also tested positive for COVID-19 at the start of training camp and later in camp was shelved by a hamstring injury.
With that said, if he does put these issues aside, work on the intangibles and develop within the offense, his clear on-field talent should allow him to contribute. That's why he was a first-round draft pick, even if there were those who thought of it as somewhat of a reach, and the hope is that he starts producing sooner rather than later.
Through two weeks, Toney has logged 24 snaps (19 percent of total snaps), recorded two receptions and gained a whopping total of -2 yards. Let's see what Week 3 and the rest of the season holds for the Florida product.