Wide Receiver Kadarius Toney
Opening Statement: Before I get started, I want to address the elephant in the room with social media. I know a lot of stuff was misinterpreted by me talking about the Giants or whatever. It had nothing to do with the Giants. (I'm) just focused on (getting) ready to play against the Falcons. I know a lot of people saw what I posted, like media wise, me saying the media this and that. That's not meant for everybody. The ones, they specifically know who I'm talking about because of the story that they want to make, want to create, stuff like that, they know exactly who I'm talking about. I apologize to the rest of you all who do a great job in what you all do. I'm going to leave it at that.
Q: What were you referring to with the initial post?
A: It's really a personal issue. It's a personal matter I don't really want to address it like that. That's why I left it at what it was.
Q: What have you learned about social media and what could happen when you post things on social media?
A: What (have) I learned? I really learned that it's really your job to create whatever you're all going to create or out of whatever you all want it to be. From my standpoint, I'm just going to go back to what I normally used to do and not post at all to give you nothing to really talk about.
Q: What's the advice that your teammates and coaches have given you on this?
A: Really just stay encouraged and keep going like I always (have) been doing.
Q: How do you feel about your role so far?
A: I feel pretty good in it.
Q: Would you like to be used more?
A: I feel pretty good where I'm at.
Q: How anxious are you to give people some football to talk about?
A: I mean everyday I wake up with football on my mind. I don't really know what to tell you. If you all don't see the progression or whatever coming along by now, I guess you all won't ever see it.
Q: We don't see it on Sunday. Fans don't see it in the games. Do you need a big play or something on the field in a game where people see it and say, 'That's the guy?'
A: Yeah, a play would be pretty good. As far as me taking that (as) the first thing on my mind as soon as I wake up, not really. I wake up every day, come in, do my job, do what I can every day to increase my role, increase my ability every day. I don't really need justification from everybody about what I'm doing because I understand what's going on.
Q: What is the next step you need to show the coaches in practice in order to earn their trust for more snaps and opportunities in the game in your opinion?
A: Get ready for the Falcons.
Q: Where are you at with your progress with finding a rhythm in this offense and sort of mastering this offense? Where are you at right now with that?
A: Coming along. We did that in practice, so this is a day (and) step closer to playing the Falcons right now.
Q: Physically, how are you doing? You're not on the injury report anymore, how are you feeling?
A: I'm feeling pretty good. I'm ready to play against the Falcons right now.
Q: Is it a relief to feel back to your old self physically?
A: I kind of (always) felt (like) myself because I wake up myself every day.
Q: Is there more attention on you in the NFL and New York than you expected or anticipated?
A: Yeah, I just kind of am getting the grasp of it, getting pretty much new to this. Yeah, I'll say it's increased since I've been in Florida, so yeah.
Q: What do you say to the idea that by responding to some of these things, means you're listening to it and you're hearing it and you're letting it affect you?
A: Not half the stuff that's on social media really affects me. That's what it looks like (from) your point of view. It really doesn't sway me this way or that way, because at the end of the day, I still have to come in, do my work, do my job, try to be the best player I can be, be coachable by the coaches every day. I doesn't really affect (anything) that I do.
Q: Then why respond?
A: What do you mean? Because I can, I've got a mouth (laughs).
Q: There was a point in the game on Thursday where (Head Coach) Joe Judge pulled you over and you were talking on the sideline. What was his message to you there?
A: Just stay encouraged. Just stay locked in because at the end of the day, the game was not over. I had to just go get ready to get the corrections that everybody else received and get ready for the next drive.
Q: How different is this offense or the plays for the receivers, the routes you're running from what you were running at Florida?
A: There's not really a difference because it's all pretty much just football. You can run the one route, you can run that same route ten different ways. It's not really like a big difference.
Q: It's a long season ahead obviously, so how excited and eager are you to get out and show people that this is what you can do on the field and here's how explosive you can be?
A: Right now, I'm just focused on really playing the Falcons. I'm not really taking a lot of that into consideration. I'm just ready to play honestly, show the coaches what I can do. Coach Judge, he always keeps me encouraged and stuff, so that's what I pretty much do.
Q: What kind of a player do you expect to be?
A: An exciting one I guess from what you all tell me or from what you all want to write about. So exciting, that's what I'm aiming for.
Q: On a lighthearted note, should some of us take it as a compliment that you referred to people as clowns because your nickname is 'Joka'?
A: 'Joka,' that's a whole different entity than football. That's something totally different, but I don't want you guys to get offended by me calling you 'clowns' because it's not everybody that I was referring to. It was only the few people that really try to create a mess or create a whole scene about what I posted, even though I normally post anyway on Instagram. It could be seen by a million people, but as soon as I post it at a certain time or whatever, you all feel like it's uncomfortable then it's this and that, that I'm talking about the Giants – which I never referred to the Giants or anything like that.
Q: Obviously, you and (Falcons Tight End) Kyle Pitts put on a show down there. You're going to see him this weekend, but on the other side of the field.
A: It's going to be exciting. I just want him to be the best player he can be, I want to be the best player I can be. I wish him the best of luck. I'm just ready to play against the Falcons right now.
Q: Do you have a little scouting report for what he brings that the defense will have to worry about?
Q: Do you think you can learn to love the New York area and playing in this market?
A: What do you mean? I love the New York area. I never said anything bad about it.
Q: I'm talking about the spotlight.
A: Do I like the spotlight in New York? I really kind of like it. It can either help you or harm you. It's really what you want to do with it, so just got to be smarter and make better decisions nowadays.