EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kadarius Toney’s opening round of the New York Giants first round did not go exactly as planned. That was evident when he saw a single wide receiver drill running without a cleat on Friday.
Shoeless KT was born out of necessity because he called the “wrong size” studs.
Toney was spotted fiddling with his right cleat early in Friday’s rookie mini-camp practice session. At various points during the workout, he changed cleats, added socks, changed socks, worked with the equipment staff and even the sports training staff. He even knelt to one side and looked downright uncomfortable at times.
It’s fair to say he didn’t start with the right foot. Instead, he started barefoot.
“I think you got the wrong size. I just figured it out,” Toney said afterward. “I finally got it.”
At least not until the session was over. Though Toney returned late in training for a time with special teams, he was on the side when his teammates did conditioning exercises to end the day.
It was undoubtedly an unusual first impression.
“Yeah, it was kind of, yeah, basically just a cleat,” Toney said. “I mean, yeah, it was just a safe way [on the conditioning]”I guess you could say.”
The Giants traded back in the first round of last month’s draft, picking Toney with 20th overall pick from the University of Florida, where he was the all-SEC first-team team last year.
But now that he’s a pro, everything is new, including his gear. According to his Instagram account, Toney signed a clothing deal with Adidas prior to the draft.
Trainer Joe Judge viewed this rookie minicamp, which started on Friday, as some sort of guide for the rookies. But he probably didn’t think that meant figuring out which shoe size would go with his top pick in this year’s design.
“You know what? On the first day on the field I think there is a little problem with the equipment,” said the judge. “We have to sort this out and make sure our guys are out on the field with equipment they are comfortable with. We’ll do that and make sure it’s not a problem in the future.”
Day 2 is planned for Saturday. Hopefully with two properly adapted studs.