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WR Kadarius Toney signs rookie contract


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants officially secured the final and most prominent member of their 2021 draft class, when first-round choice Kadarius Toney signed his contract.

All six players the Giants selected in the draft are under contract prior to the mandatory minicamp that begins Tuesday.

Toney, a 6-0, 193-pound wide receiver from the University of Florida, was selected 20th overall, after the Giants traded with the Chicago Bears to move back from No. 11. The Giants received the Bears' first and fifth-round choices in the 2021 draft – later dealing the fifth rounder to Denver to move up five spots in the third round - plus first and fourth-round choices in the 2022 draft.

In four seasons with the Gators, Toney played in 38 games with 13 starts. He caught 120 passes for 1,490 yards (12.4-yard avg.) and 12 touchdowns with a long reception of 66 yards. A former quarterback at Blount High School in Mobile, Ala., Toney also occasionally lined up at running back or wildcat quarterback and had 66 rushing attempts for 580 yards (8.8-yard avg.) and two scores.

View photos of Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney touring the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

He is also a productive special teams player who averaged 11.3 yards on 13 punt returns and 21.6 yards on 15 kickoff returns.

Toney had his most productive season in 2020, when he started all 11 games in which he played – he did not play in the Cotton Bowl – and led Florida with career-high totals of 70 receptions, 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 161 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries, averaged 12.6 yards on 11 punt returns and 22.1 yards on seven kickoff returns.

Toney joins a wide receivers group that includes Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, C.J. Board and Dante Pettis, plus veteran newcomers Kenny Golladay and John Ross.

The draft choices who had previously signed their contracts with the Giants were outside linebacker/edge rusher Azeez Ojulari of Georgia (second round), cornerback Aaron Robinson of Central Florida (third), edge rusher Elerson G. Smith of Northern Iowa (fourth), running back Gary Brightwell of Arizona (sixth) and cornerback Rodarius Williams of Oklahoma State (sixth).

View the best photos from Friday's OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

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