Tony McRae (American football)

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Tony McRae
No. 34 – Detroit Lions
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1993-05-03) May 3, 1993 (age 27)
McColl, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Laurinburg (NC) Scotland
College: North Carolina A&T
Undrafted: 2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2020
Total tackles:40
Forced fumbles:1
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Tony McRae (born May 3, 1993) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina A&T, and signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

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Early life

McRae attended Scotland High School, in Laurinburg, North Carolina where he played varsity football and basketball. During his senior year, McRae helped lead the Fighting Scotts to a 14-0 undefeated season and the 2011 NCHSAA 4A State football championship. [1] McRae's performance earned a place on the 2011 All-Cape Fear Regional Team as he was the leading rusher among NC state champion teams with 1,835 yards and 32 touchdowns. [2]

College career

McRae accepted an athletic scholarship to attend North Carolina A&T State University, where he played for coach Rod Broadway's as a member of his first NC A&T Aggies football recruiting class. [3]

2012 season

As a true freshman, McRae played in all 11 of the Aggie's games, and started in 3 of them. He would get his first start at cornerback to replace starting left cornerback Deji Olatoye who moved to free safety to replace of an injured Isaiah Martin. [4] McRae would finish the 2012 season with a total of 23 tackles, 14 of them solo and 9 assisted; 4 broken up passes and 9 Kick returns.

2013 season

McRae began his sophomore with a 4 solo, 1 pass breakup and a 91 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the season opener against Appalachian State. The Aggies would go on to upset Appalachian State 24-21, resulting in North Carolina A&T's first win over the mountaineers since 1993. [5] Of the 11 games he played in that season, McRae would total 11 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 pass breakups, 3 defended passes and 1 interception.

2014 season

For his Junior season McRae would start in all 12 games and opened the season with a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Alabama A&M in the 2014 MEAC/SWAC Challenge. Against Elon, McRae put up a career high 9 tackles and 5 defended passes. [4] He ended the season with 62 total tackles, 46 of them being unassisted, 5 interceptions, 16 passes defended and 14 kickoffs returned for 360 total yards and 1 touchdown. McRae was ranked 13th in the nation in passes defended, 15th in interceptions and 4th in kickoff return touchdowns. [4]

2015 season

Starting in all 12 games played, McRae has a season best performance [6] against Delaware state in which he returned a kickoff for 75 yards for a touchdown, earned 6 tackles and 1 interception. He would finish the season leading the Aggies with 55 Tackles, 14 assists, 8 Pass defended, 22 kick returns for 622 yards and 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. McRae's performance earned him first-team All MEAC and Boxtorow first team All-American recognition. [7]

College statistics

YearGPTacklesSacksPass DefenseFumblesBlocked
SoloAstTotalLoss–YardsNo–YardsInt–YardsBUPDQBHRcv–Yards-TDFFKick
2012 11149230.5-20–004401-000
2013 11112140–00–01-0230000
2014 124616622.0–80-05–8411160000
2015 124114554.0–81.5-43–21580000

Source: [8] [9] [10] [11]

Professional career

According to ESPN, McRae was ranked the 85th best cornerback entering the 2016 NFL Draft. [12]

Pre-draft measurables
HeightWeight 40-yard dash 10-yard split20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
178 lb
(81 kg)
4.56 s1.59 s2.60 s4.33 s7.55 s36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
13 reps
All values were taken at NC A&T Pro Day. [13]

Oakland Raiders

McRae was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2016. [14] He was waived on May 16, 2016. [15]

Cincinnati Bengals

On August 9, 2016, McRae signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. [16] He was waived on September 3, 2016 and was signed to the practice squad the next day. [17] [18] He was released on September 16, 2016, but was later re-signed on November 29, 2016. [19] [20] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Bengals on January 2, 2017. [21]

On September 2, 2017, McRae was waived by the Bengals. [22]

Baltimore Ravens

On September 5, 2017, McRae was signed to the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. [23] He was promoted to the active roster on September 16, 2017. [24] He was waived by the Ravens on October 21, 2017. [25]

Buffalo Bills

On October 23, 2017, McRae was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills, but was released two days later. [26] [27]

Cincinnati Bengals (second stint)

On October 27, 2017, McRae was signed to the Bengals' practice squad. [28] He was promoted to the active roster on December 9, 2017. [29]

Detroit Lions

On March 24, 2020, McRae signed with the Detroit Lions. [30] He was placed on injured reserve on November 9, 2020. [31]

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