Kadarius Toney
No. 19 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-27) January 27, 1999 (age 24)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Blount (Eight Mile, Alabama)
College:Florida (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2022
Receptions:55
Receiving yards:591
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Kadarius Toney (born January 27, 1999) is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Toney played college football at Florida and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Toney was born on January 27, 1999, in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Blount High School in Eight Mile, Alabama, where he was the starting quarterback for the last two years of his high school football career as a dual-threat quarterback.[1]

As a junior, Toney threw for 3604 yards while rushing for 896 and having 53 touchdowns (37 passing, 16 rushing). He was named Alabama 6A second-team all state selection, was selected to the AL.com Coastal Alabama first-team. As a senior, Toney threw for 2984 yards while rushing for 894 yards and having 47 touchdowns (32 passing, 15 rushing). He was labeled as Alabama 6A Back of the Year, made the 2016 AL.com Super All-State Team, named Offensive MVP of the 2016 AL.com All-Coastal Alabama team, and played in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Classic. He finished his high school career with a 20-5 record as a starter.

College career

Toney was a consensus three-star recruit as a versatile athlete.[2] He received scholarship offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Alabama, and Florida. Toney eventually chose the Florida Gators.[3]

During his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, Toney was a reserve player for the Gators at wide receiver, running back, wildcat quarterback and special teams. As a senior in 2020, however, Toney's production increased dramatically. He led the Gators' potent offense with 70 receptions for 984 yards (14.1 average) while scoring 10 touchdowns.[4] In 11 starts he also contributed as a runner (19 carries, 161 yards, 8.5 yards per carry, one touchdown) and returner (seven kick returns, 155 yards, 22.1 average, 11 punt returns, 139 yards, 12.6 average, one touchdown). The Associated Press voted him second-team All-America as an all-purpose player [5] while the SEC league coaches voted him first-team all-conference.[6] Toney was also a finalist for the 2020 Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football.[7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+58 in
(1.82 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.38 s 1.54 s 2.51 s 4.23 s 6.88 s 39+12 in
(1.00 m)
11 ft 4 in
(3.45 m)
9 reps
All values from NFL Draft[8][9]

New York Giants

Toney was selected by the New York Giants in the first round with the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.[10] He signed a four-year contract worth $13.7 million, on June 4, 2021.[11] Toney was placed on the team's COVID-19 reserve list at the start of training camp.[12] Toney started off slow, having only four receptions through the first three games. In Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, Toney recorded six catches for 78 yards in the 27–21 overtime win. In Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys, Toney had the best performance of his young career, recording 10 catches for 189 yards, breaking Odell Beckham Jr.'s Giants receiving record for a rookie, but was ejected for throwing a punch at Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee during the 44-20 loss.[13] Toney missed four weeks of the season due to an oblique injury.[14] On December 13, 2021, Toney was again placed on reserve/COVID-19 list.[15] Despite appearing in only ten games, Toney finished the season with the second-most receiving yards on the Giants.[16]

Toney injured his hamstring in week 2 of the 2022 season. The injury would cause him to miss five games for the Giants. Before being traded, he only recorded two receptions for zero yards (one reception was for 2 yards, the other was for –2) and no touchdowns.[17]

Kansas City Chiefs

Toney was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 27, 2022 in exchange for a third and a sixth round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft[18] In week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Toney scored his first NFL touchdown.

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Car Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 NYG 10 4 39 420 10.8 38 0 3 6 2.0 7 0 0 0
2022 NYG 2 1 2 0 0.0 2 0 2 23 11.5 19 0 0 0
KC 7 3 14 171 12.2 38 2 5 59 11.8 32 1 1 1
Total 19 8 55 591 10.7 38 2 10 88 8.8 32 1 1 1

Rap career

Toney is also a rapper who goes by the stage name of Yung Joka. [19]

References

  1. ^ "Kadarius Toney, Blount , Athlete". 247Sports. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Kadarius Toney - Recruiting Profile".
  3. ^ Spivey, Andrew. "Kadarius Toney commits to Florida Gators | GatorCountry.com".
  4. ^ "Kadarius Toney Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com.
  5. ^ "2020 AP All-America Team". Associated Press. December 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "2020 All-SEC Team announced following vote by the league's coaches". December 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "Travis Etienne Named 2020 Paul Hornung Award Finalists". December 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Kadarius Toney". NFL.com. March 5, 2021. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "Florida WR Kadarius Toney : 2021 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  10. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 29, 2021). "Giants select Florida WR Kadarius Toney at No. 20". NFL.com. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  11. ^ Eisen, Michael (June 4, 2021). "WR Kadarius Toney signs rookie contract". Giants.com. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Paul (July 22, 2021). "Kadarius Toney goes on COVID-19 list on first day of Giants camp". New York Post. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  13. ^ Patra, Kevin (October 11, 2021). "Giants WR Kadarius Toney not expected to be suspended following ejection vs. Cowboys". NFL.com. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  14. ^ Traina, Patricia (December 21, 2021). "Giants Hopeful of Kadarius Toney's Return from Injury/COVID-19 List". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  15. ^ Benton, Dan (December 14, 2021). "Giants place Kadarius Toney on Reserve/COVID-19 list". Giants Wire. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  16. ^ "2021 New York Giants Rosters, Stats, Schedule, Team Draftees, Injury Reports". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  17. ^ "Sidelined Giants WR Kadarius Toney thinks he returned too soon". ESPN.com.
  18. ^ Eisen, Michael (October 28, 2022). "Giants trade Kadarius Toney to Chiefs for draft picks". giants.com. Retrieved October 28, 2022.
  19. ^ Carter, Scott (November 6, 2020). "Gifted Gator: Multi-Talented Kadarius Toney A Rapping Receiver". Florida Gators. Retrieved January 29, 2021.