Korey Toomer’s career took a giant leap forward in 2016. Primarily a special teams performer his first three seasons in Dallas, St. Louis and Oakland, Toomer found a home with the Chargers in 2016 as he appeared in 13 games while starting eight after being signed off the Raiders’ practice squad.
Toomer finished 2016 third on the squad with 69 total tackles. He did a solid job filling in the statistic sheet as he complemented his tackles with a sack, nine tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.
Toomer had an outstanding November as he helped the Bolts to a 2-1 mark for their best month of the season. He started the month with a team-high 11-tackle effort on Nov. 6 vs. Tennessee. In that same game, he forced a fumble that safety Dwight Lowery returned 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Bolts a 33-21 lead. A week later vs. Miami, he was named a team captain for the Dolphins game and Toomer responded with a season-high four tackles for loss among eight stops. Then two weeks on Nov. 27 after the Chargers’ bye, Toomer racked up a career-best and team-leading 14 tackles in a 21-13 win at Houston.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fifth-round pick by Seattle (154th overall), April 28, 2012...signed May 11…waived Aug. 31…re-signed to Seattle’s practice squad, Sept. 2…released Sept. 13…re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 18…placed on “practice squad-injured” Sept. 27...re-signed with Seattle Jan. 15, 2013...waived Aug. 30, 2014…signed with Dallas, Sept. 1…waived Oct. 17…signed to St. Louis’ practice squad, Oct. 21…signed to Rams’ active roster, Oct. 28…waived Sept. 1, 2015…signed to Oakland’s practice squad, Oct. 27…signed to Raiders’ active roster, Oct. 31...re-signed with Raiders, April 18, 2016...waived Sept. 3...re-signed to Raiders’ practice squad, Sept. 4...signed to Chargers’ active roster, Sept. 27.
2016: First NFL start Oct. 9 at Oakland and logged tackle for loss among five stops...outstanding effort to force and recover fumble Oct. 13 in 21-13 win over Denver on Thursday Night Football...Bolts capitalized with field goal following takeaway for 16-3 lead...early third quarter Oct. 30 at Denver, forced fumble at Chargers’ one was recovered by Jatavis Brown to prevent potential score...Bolts drove 98 yards for TD on ensuing possession, team’s longest scoring drive since 2011 season finale...in 43-35 win vs. Tennessee Nov. 6, forced fumble against Marcus Mariota that was returned 36 yards for TD by Dwight Lowery for 33-21 lead...also paced squad with 11 tackles vs. Titans...Team Captain racked up team-high four tackles for loss among eight stops Nov. 13 vs. Miami...team-high 14 tackles in 21-13 win at Houston Nov. 27...one-yard sack late in fourth quarter Dec. 24 at Cleveland for first NFL sack...was team’s ninth of game, tying for third-most in game in team history.
2015: Made Raiders debut Nov. 1 vs. N.Y. Jets.
2014: Split time on Dallas’ and St. Louis’ active roster...NFL debut for Cowboys at Seattle Oct. 12.
COLLEGE: Team MVP as senior in 2011 after recording 68 tackles along with team-high four sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss...also saw brief action as running back...redshirted in 2010...played at Idaho in 2009 and 2011...spent two years (2007-08) at Arizona Western College, totaling 130 tackles, three forced fumbles, three interceptions and one sack.
PERSONAL: Born in Las Vegas, Nev. ...first-team all-conference and all division at Shadow Ridge High in Las Vegas