East Rutherford, NJ — New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay They didn’t exactly like coach Brian Daboll’s decision to play him just two snaps in Sunday’s 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers.
“I don’t really agree with him. Or I like him,” said Goldey, who was speaking to the media for the first time after the game. But what I can control is coming to work every day.
Golladay, the Giants’ prized free agent acquisition in 2021, didn’t see that coming. He said that everyone in the organization has been telling him that he was supportive and doing things right.
All of this makes it confusing for Golladay.
I have to play no matter what. “This is a fact.”
Golladay, 28, was supposed to be the Giants’ No. 1 receiver when he was signed by the former regime last offseason. He signed a four-year, $72 million contract and is being paid $18 million this season.
But Golladay had a rough first year with the team as he was hampered by injuries and didn’t score. This spring he had a procedure to prevent him from leaving.
The signs were really on the wall this winter — despite being on the field consistently — Golladay seemed to be plagued by a string of injuries. He was surprisingly one of the few veterans to play in the preseason and caught two passes for 22 yards on 42 snaps (most among Giants wide receivers) in the opener against the Tennessee Titans.
Daboll said he told Golladay in the middle of last week that he was going with him. David Sills v On him against the Panthers. Sills entered the contest with two career catches for 17 yards. He is making $825,000 this season.
Gollade has 222 receptions for 3,611 yards and 21 career touchdowns. He led all receivers in 2019 with 11 scores. But it is not unreasonable to think that a step has been lost. Golladay has two touchdown receptions and under 900 yards receiving in two-plus seasons.
The veteran wide receiver was asked about asking for a position change after sitting in Gasoline for most of Sunday’s game.
“We’ll see how it goes. Yeah, we’ll see how it goes,” Golladay said. “I’m here to play. I’m sure they’re going to pay me to play. I guess they want to see more or get whatever on their end. I’m just doing what I have to do until I get in. Every day.”
At this point it seems impossible to move Gollin, partly due to the lack of production and the contract. He is owed $11.6 million in base salary for the rest of this season and another $4.5 million next year.
It is not a problem to keep it for now. Daboll and several Giants players told ESPN that he handled it like a pro.
“It is what it is. It’s business,” Golladay said. “I’m not here to be friends with the coaches. They’re just colleagues to me.”
Daboll is consistent in saying the wide receiver position is open competition, and he means business. Richie James He leads the Giants with 10 catches and 110 receiving yards.
James was an offseason acquisition that many believed was on the roster bubble. Sills found his way onto the team.
Dabol has used the same line about competition since the beginning. Gollade was one of the few veterans to play in the third and final preseason game and took the same stance. He was the reason behind last year’s first-round pick. Kadarius TonyPlaying just seven times in the opener and goalie not getting on the field against the Panthers.
“It’s an ongoing competition at receiver. Since when did I say that? I’m not being harsh, I said that since the middle of camp, right?” Dabol said on Sunday. “It hasn’t changed, it’s going to be a continuous race.”
“Again, the highest-paid player, the lowest-paid player, the highest draft pick, an undrafted free agent — we’re going to go out there and make those guys compete,” he added on Monday. One week doesn’t necessarily mean the next week. I think everyone understands what we’re trying to do as an organization, work as hard as you can to get better, to compete for places, to work.
Daboll isn’t playing favorites in terms of salary or draft status, and he’s gotten the team’s attention.
“It’s rare, but coach always told us he doesn’t care where you do first round, second round, undrafted, that’s what he’s talking about,” the veteran wide receiver said. Sterling Shepard he said.
Shepard has the most carries (102) of any Giants wide receiver so far this season. He is coming off the Achilles he suffered last season. Sills is second with 91.
If Goalie has a role to play this season, he will have to earn it, not based on past success. This new regime It’s not related to Golley, who was the Lions’ third-round pick in 2017.
Goldey was optimistic about how Wednesday’s practice went. He said he believes his role will probably be a little different this week.
The Giants (2-0) may need it more on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Toney did not take part in Wednesday’s practice as he continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury.