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Seven Things We've Learned About Greg Toler

Posted Jul 11, 2016

As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them.

As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.

Today, we'll focus on cornerback Greg Toler

1. He is excited to be back home:

Toler is a Maryland native and grew up a Redskin fan. He’s ecstatic to now play for his home team.

“I never expected to be home, I always talked about it, always dreamt about it, and my family, I always played so far away from home,” Toler said. “So it’s definitely good to get back home and around your loved ones, the people that have supported me since I was younger.”

2. He likes playing in front of safeties Will Blackmon and DeAngelo Hall:

With the two of them former cornerbacks, they share his mentality on the field. He knows he can rely on them to give him proper direction based on the how the opposing offense is positioned.

“They can relate to the cornerback position so when we’re in certain coverages they know where they have to help more because corners get more stressed in certain schemes,” Toler said. “It definitely helps when you have guys back there that know the outside and then they’re moving inside and playing off the quarterback so it definitely helps.”

3. He is starting gel more with the new team:

So far, Toler’s experience has been positive even as his usual starting role has taken a back seat to others.

He enjoys the locker room, and is building camaraderie with his teammates, something that’s helping his transition in Washington as he looks to carve out a more defined place in the defense.

“We just feed off of one another,” Toler said. “We always say one person makes a play we all make a play and we’re just trying to build one another and use each other. Iron sharpens Iron. Man sharpens man.”

4. He came from a Division-II HBCU:

Greg Toler took an unusual route before coming into the NFL.

During college he attended Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va., a Division-II member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 2009, he became the first and only student-athlete from the school to be drafted, selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round.

“Oh man, it was a long road traveled,” Toler said. “It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you start, it’s about where you finish. So me, coming from St. Paul’s, a smaller school I just always had to work.

5. He took a job at a local J.C. Penny after high school:

Toler did not have the grades to get a scholarship to any of the major college football programs and, thinking that his football career may be over, he got an ordinary job at JC Penny. He wound up as a store room clerk, stocking shelves and sweeping aisles while living with his mother

6. His luck changed playing for a semi-professional team to get him back in the spotlight:

To add more wrinkles to Toler’s incredible journey, he got back into football by playing in the Regional American Football League.

Toler joined the D.C. Explosion and restarted his career. This would help him finally get attention from other colleges such as St. Paul’s, where he would eventually go next to play football.

7. He loves defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s style:

“I like JB,” Toler said. “He’s a straightforward guy and puts us in great situations. Players can always relate to that when your coach has your back on and off the field, so I definitely like his style.”

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