Giants' Kadarius Toney Misses Minicamp Conditioning Because of Wrong-Sized Cleats

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 14, 2021

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 19: Wide receiver Kadarius Toney #1 of the Florida Gators is tackled on a kickoff return during the SEC Championship football game between the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 19, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney told reporters that he missed portions of his team's opening day of rookie minicamp, including the conditioning run, on Friday because of wrong-sized cleats.

That didn't stop the ex-Florida star from participating in some drills, including one while shoeless.

Dan Duggan of The Athletic showcased Toney's work during that drill and summarized the pass-catcher's cleat problems.

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Kadarius Toney going through individual drills in one cleat... pic.twitter.com/FASsOmjKH5

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Had to stop tweeting midway thru practice so to summarize the cleat saga: Toney went blue cleats/no socks, red cleats/no socks, red cleats/white socks before settling on white cleats/white socks. Was in and out of practice before shutting it down late with an apparent calf cramp.

After practice, Toney spoke about his first day of work with the team.

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"I was pretty anxious to get out there but at the end of the day I have to take the situation for what it is"<br><br>Kadarius Toney talks about how his first day at rookie minicamp went pic.twitter.com/qot3DsLLLD

The Giants selected Toney with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 draft. He had 70 catches, 984 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns last year in addition to 161 rushing yards and another score.

Toney's first day may have featured a stutter-step, but the Giants still have two days of minicamp remaining. They'll be back at it Saturday.