East Rutherford, NJ – New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay He didn’t quite like coach Brian Dabol’s decision to play him for just two snaps in Sunday’s 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers.
“Of course I don’t really agree with that. Or like it,” Goladay, speaking to the media for the first time since the game, said on Wednesday. “But I can only control what I can control, which is to come to work every day.”
Goladay, the Giants’ prized free agent acquisition in 2021, didn’t see it coming. He said that everyone in the organization is telling him that he is a supporter and is doing things the right way.
All this quite confuses Goladay.
“I should play regardless,” he said. “it’s a fact.”
The 28-year-old Goladay was considered the Giants’ No. 1 receiver when he was signed by Reigns last season. He signed a four-year, $72 million deal and is being paid $18 million this season.
But Goladay had a poor first year with the team, in which he was plagued by injuries and did not score a touchdown. He had a procedure that kept him out this spring.
The signs were really on the wall this summer when – despite being on the field consistently – Goladay seemed to be compromising with a string of injuries. He was surprisingly one of the few veterans to play in the preseason finale, and he caught two passes for 22 yards in 42 snaps (mostly at Giants wide receivers) in the season’s opening win over the Tennessee Titans.
Dabol said he told Goladay in the middle of last week that he was leaving with David Sills V Up against the Panthers on him. Sills entered the competition taking two career catches for 17 yards. He is earning $825,000 this season.
Goladay has 222 receptions for 3,611 yards and 21 career touchdowns. He led all receivers in 2019 with 11 points scored. But it is not beyond reason to think that he has lost a step. Golladay has had two touchdown receptions and has received less than 900 yards in more than two seasons.
The veteran receiver was asked about requesting a change of scenery after he was benched for most of Sunday’s game.
“We’re going to see how it goes. Yeah, we’re going to see how it goes,” Goladay said. “I came here to play. I’m pretty sure they’re paying me to play as well. I guess they want to see more or get whatever on their end. I’m just the same.” I keep doing what makes me want to do it. Every day.”
It does not appear that Goladay can be relocated at this point, due to production and its lack of contract. He is still owed $11.6 million in basic salary for the remainder of this season and $4.5 million the following year.
No problem keeping him around now. Dabol and several veterans told ESPN that they handled it like a pro.
“It’s what it is. It’s a business,” Goladay said. “I’m not here to befriend the coaches. They’re just coworkers to me.”
Dabol has said that the wide receiver position is an open competition, and he means trade. Richie James Leads the Giants with 10 catches and 110 receiving yards.
James was an off-season takeover, leading many to believe the roster was on the bubble. Sills made it to the team.
Dabol has used the same line about competition from the very beginning. He took a similar stance when Goladay was one of the few legends to play in the third and final pre-season game. This was his reasoning behind last year’s first round selection as well, Kadarius TonyThere were only seven snaps playing in the opener and Goladay was barely getting off the ground against the Panthers.
“It’s a constant contest at the receiver. How long have I said it? I’m not a jerk, I’ve said it from the middle of camp, right?” Dabol said on Sunday. “It hasn’t changed. It’s going to be a constant competition.”
He added on Monday: “Again, whether it’s the highest paid player, the lowest paid player, the highest draft taker, an undrafted free agent – we’re going to go out there and let people fight it. One week doesn’t necessarily mean the next week is going to be the same. I think everyone understands what we are trying to do as an organization, to be better, to compete for spots. , working as hard as they can.”
Dabol is not playing favorites based on salary or draft status, and this has caught the attention of his team.
“It’s rare, but coaches have always told us that they don’t care if you’ve drafted the first round, the second round, without a draft. That’s about what he talks about,” veteran Broad receiver sterling shepard Told.
Shepard has played the most snaps (102) of any Giants wide receiver so far this season. He is recovering from the torn Achilles he suffered from last season. Sills is second with 91.
If Golladay has a role this season, it has to be earned, not based on her past achievements. This new regime is not tied to Goladay, who was the Lions’ third round in 2017.
Goladay was optimistic about how Wednesday’s exercise went. He said he believes his role is probably going to be a little different this week.
The Giants (2-0) may need more of him on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Tony missed Wednesday’s practice due to a hamstring injury.