Long before he was a standout wide receiver at Florida, Kadarius Toney was a quarterback for Mattie T. Blount High School in Mobile, Alabama. And he was a good quarterback with a strong arm at that.
Following his sophomore year in high school, Toney even attended the Manning Passing Academy, where he wowed onlookers by launching the ball 80 yards in the air.
“The first time I saw him, there was a lot of people oohing and aahing, and I just saw this ball going like 80 yards over and over,” David Morris, founder of QB Country, told Sports Illustrated. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, is somebody throwing that?’”
Once at Florida, Toney made the switch to wide receiver, although he did occasionally line up in the wildcat formation. But his arm talent was rarely used.
Toney threw just six passes in college, completing three for 82 yards and one touchdown. It was a flash of what could have been.
Now a first-round pick of the New York Giants, Toney is expected to come in and produce as a wide receiver. However, the team is also likely to use the “twitchy” talent in a number of different ways.
Might one come via trick play? After watching Toney effortlessly launch a ball more than 50 yards through the air during practice on Saturday, it’s certainly possible.
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 7, 2021
“We’re pleased what he’s doing on the field. He’s progressing physically at a nice rate,” head coach Joe Judge said this week.
The Giants have had a few wide receivers who could throw the ball in recent years, but Toney arguably has a much better arm and could cause some damage with it this season if Judge dips into his back of tricks.