WR Kadarius Toney
Q: Walk us around the play and what you were thinking?
A: It was a conversion route that turned into a fade. It was really all about natural ability, and I went up and made a play, and that's the mindset.
Q: What was more fun – making the play or seeing the reaction of the guys around you after the play?
A: Really the reaction. The play is going to be the play regardless. You can make the play a million times and it's going to be the same every time you see it, you see the ball down there. Daniel (Jones), everybody. The whole team was down there. It was great comradery.
Q: Your head coach ran down the field.
A: Oh yeah, he told me was tired after that.
Q: In that moment, did you realize how big of a deal that was going to be? Socially or in general?
A: No, not at the moment. I was just focused, all locked in because you know there's a lot of speculation, I guess you could say. I'm just ready to show what I can do.
Q: You've had some time to try to reflect on your rookie year. What do you think when you look back on it?
A: Nothing pretty much, I'm just thinking about today.
Q: What does it mean to you that coach is incorporating some of your music into the practices?
A: I would say I think that's pretty great; I'm not going to lie. I need to focus right now. I'm focused on ball right now.
Q: Did you know that song was coming?
A: No, I didn't. It just kind of surprised me. It had me juiced up. I appreciate them doing for doing it because it shows the willingness to build a relationship with me.
Q: How important is that to you? The relationship?
A: I really feel like that's important with anybody, not just me - throughout the whole team. I try to have a better relationship with Daniel. I try to have a better relationship with Kenny (Golladay). Everybody around because it's a team thing, not an individual thing.
Q: Was it hard to build that relationship last year when you were off to the side?
A: No, not really. You always around the guys 24/7 anyways. I feel like the relationship was always there. The availability probably wasn't there.
Q: When you say a lot of speculation earlier, what do you mean by that from your perspective?
A: Reporting, I guess you could say.
Q: Just about how you would rebound from last year is what you are saying?
A: I guess.
Q: About how you would perform?
Q: How would you react to the fact that they were making calls looking to possibly trade you in the spring?
A: I never reacted. I talked to the people that are in the building, so I never really questioned it or anything.
Q: What have you done differently with your training? Obviously coming out of college, getting ready for the draft you have to train one way for the combine and everything. How have you changed up your training from last year to this year?
A: I feel like I'm more confident, it's just all about experience. Last year, I was just a rookie coming in kind of young and getting to learn everything. This year, second year, so I had experience on the field, had my ups and downs and I'm just here to be who I am.
Q: Do you still feel like a rookie? This is kind of a new system so you're starting over from scratch.
A: Not really. I guess it's just a mentality, but I feel good.
Q: The procedure you had, was that related to an injury from last season or was that something that popped up in the offseason during training?
A: I really can't answer that right now. You're going to have to ask (Head Coach Brian) Daboll about that.
Q: Your decision to not show for the start of the offseason program, how did you make that decision?
A: It was for personal reasons. I don't think I really have to explain that.
Q: What did you do different this offseason to train and get ready for camp? Did you do anything different in terms of your offseason work?
A: Not really. I kind of just worked on what I have to do. As far as receiver work – catching. I'm not able to be physically available, I was still mentally available.
Q: This is a whole new offense. A whole new offensive group as far as the coaching staff. What do you like about it, and what do you think it can help you do this year?
A: I feel like it's a lot of energy they brought into the building. A lot of flexibility, I guess you could say. It's more open. I really enjoy it.
Q: What do you mean by that? Flexibility and more open?
A: With route-running and stuff like that, it's not as pen and paper
Q: You have more freedom?
A: Yeah, instead of just running it technical (routes). It gives a chance to win instead of having to do it a certain way every time. It's all about chemistry with Danny, too. The coaches can only draw up the plays, we have to execute it at the end of the day.
Q: More communication too in the offense going on than in the past?
A: Oh yeah, there's a lot of communicating, but everything requires communication in the offense. What position are you playing with this and that. Just all the mental things.
Q: Especially with the pre-snap motion, I have to imagine there's a lot more talking and knowing what the guy next to you is doing.
A: Yeah, it takes a lot of communication. Especially knowing who you are running routes off of, what you are looking for when you look when you look at the defense and stuff like that.
Q: You look like you're just having a good time out there, just having fun. Does it feel that way or is it just my imagination?
A: No, it definitely is a lot of fun out there. A lot of juice, a lot of energy. I like that they came here honestly.
Q: Now that you're fully healthy, you really like this offense – what are your personal expectations for yourself this year?
A: I don't really set goals, but I just do whatever I can to help the team, in whatever way I can.
Q: When people think of last year, they think of the Dallas game when you had 10 catches and a monstrous amount of yards. Do you think of that as, 'I can do that every game,' or is that kind of going the best that it can be?
A: That's the mindset, to do it every game. I wasn't probably available last year to do it every game. It's just all about the approach.
Q: On that great pass that Aaron Robinson was guarding you, what did he say to you?
A: We're locker neighbors now. We were talking to trash about it. At the end of the day it was a good rep by him and good rep by me. It's all about lifting each other up at the end of the day.
Q: In retrospect, how do you look back on your rookie season? What do you think?
A: It's something to build off of.