Giants Kadarius Toney briefly practiced with a bare foot after getting wrong-size shoe

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Giants first-round draft pick Kadarius Toney wasn’t able to finish his first NFL practice.

Toney, a wide receiver from Florida, tweaked his right foot during the first day of rookie minicamp, which he attributed to his cleats being the wrong size. Toney did not participate in the conditioning runs at the end of practice, although he indicated that was just a precaution, and he actually took off a shoe and briefly ran routes with a bare right foot as he tried his best to participate despite the shoe malfunction.

“I think it was just the wrong size,” Toney said, via the New York Daily News. “They’re figuring that out right now. . . . I do whatever it takes, you know what I’m saying? I probably have [done that before], honest. I don’t remember. It’s just me. That’s the dog mentality.”

Toney said he’ll always do as much as he can.

“Like if I was limited to anything, I just had to deal with that,” he said. “Nerve-wise, I was eager to go out there and show the coaches what I can do. They came and took a chance on me. The least I can do is show them my ability and what I can actually bring to the organization.”

It wasn’t a perfect start for Toney, but the Giants surely like having a player who would try to practice barefoot if he can’t find the right cleats.

12 responses to “Giants Kadarius Toney briefly practiced with a bare foot after getting wrong-size shoe

  1. I’m confused by “They’re figuring that out right now…” Are there shoe sizing specialists I’m unaware of? I thought knowing my own shoe size was pretty standard stuff but have I been going about this all wrong? Is Al Bundy on the training staff?

  2. Um, you dont know what shoes to wear? And then getting hurt because of running barefoot?
    Cmon man!

  3. Anyone who has switched through brands, especially athletes, knows that different companies means 11 is 11.3 and 11 can mean 10.7, depending. The most famous brand in the past 40 years comes small. I buy a 1/2 size up.

    Now,I don’t really believe his story. Pro sports, especially at this level, measure every angle of your foot and you try on cleats until they fit. Even one brand’s 12 can be a shade off from the exact same shoe in the next box in line. Most try on the right shoe (most are right handed) and therefore that shoe feels bigger. I’ve taken 12’s out of different boxes and bought them.

    At this level, a shoe issue like this means either he’s less than truthful or the equipment manager needs a talking to. He’s a zillion dollar commodity the shoes are not. Neither is Joe Equipment.

  4. I will buy that a snafu happened with brand and sizing variances.

    – Braylon Edwards got injured practicing in his socks back in the day.

  5. This is ridiculous on the part of the Giants. Also, who said he “tweaked his right foot” and what does that even mean? Is it an actual injury or maybe just a blister? Lastly, how are the Giants coaches letting him run actual routes with only one shoe?

    Im a huge Joe Judge fan but this sort of nonsense cant happen, especially with your #1 pick.

  6. I believe his story is questionable. That being said, my left foot is slightly smaller than my right foot. It is similar for most right-handers? And oddly, I kick left-footed, if you can call it kicking. I sprained my ankle the first time I went for soccer-style field goal.

  7. It’s interesting how bad the GMen wanted a 1st round WR after signing Golladay. Even more interesting that they traded down and took this kid when Smith was their top target. I think it says a lot about the perceived inability of Daniel Jones. If he doesn’t light it up w all these guys he won’t be seeing that 5th year option.

  8. “It’s interesting how bad the GMen wanted a 1st round WR after signing Golladay. Even more interesting that they traded down and took this kid when Smith was their top target. I think it says a lot about the perceived inability of Daniel Jones. If he doesn’t light it up w all these guys he won’t be seeing that 5th year option.”

    Fans have so much inside information. It’s amazing how much they know. It’s all fact too, not just opinion.

  9. #Cleatgate

    Now the shoe is on the other foot.
    This story stinks like athletes foot.

    Eli wanted some “used” cleats to sell to steiner. Clearly this is what happened. Eli wears a disguise and is the equipment guy. He did say he wanted to be a giant for life.

  10. Some teams took this guy off their draft boards due to things that didn’t have anything to do with his natural ability to play the game of football. Reading this article doesn’t surprise me one iota. There’s a reason for red flags. Some choose to ignore them.

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