EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants huge receiver Kenny Golladay did not precisely like coach Brian Daboll’s choice to play him for simply two snaps in Sunday’s 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers.
“Of course I don’t really agree with it. Or like it,” Golladay, who was speaking to the media for the primary time for the reason that sport, stated Wednesday. “But I can only control what I can control, which is to come to work every day.”
Golladay, the Giants’ prized free agent acquisition in 2021, didn’t see this coming. He stated everybody within the group has been telling him that he is been a professional and doing issues the fitting approach.
It makes this all fairly complicated to Golladay.
“I should be playing regardless,” he stated. “That’s a fact.”
Golladay, 28, was presupposed to be the Giants’ No. 1 receiver when he was signed by the earlier regime final offseason. He inked a four-year, $72 million deal and is getting paid $18 million this season.
However Golladay had a tough first yr with the staff through which he was hampered by damage and did not rating a landing. He had a process that saved him out this spring.
The indicators had been truly on the wall this summer season when — regardless of constantly being on the sector — Golladay regarded compromised by the string of accidents. He surprisingly was one of many few veterans to play within the preseason finale, and he caught two passes for 22 yards in 42 snaps (most amongst Giants huge receivers) within the season-opening win over the Tennessee Titans.
Daboll stated he advised Golladay halfway by way of final week that he was going with David Sills V over him towards the Panthers. Sills went into the competition with two profession catches for 17 yards. He’s making $825,000 this season.
Golladay has 222 receptions for 3,611 yards and 21 profession touchdowns. He led all receivers in 2019 with 11 receiving scores. However it’s not past cause to suppose he is misplaced a step. Golladay has two landing receptions and fewer than 900 yards receiving within the two-plus seasons since.
The veteran receiver was requested about requesting a change of surroundings after being benched for many of Sunday’s sport.
“We’re going to see how it goes. Yeah, we’re going to see how it goes,” Golladay stated. “I came here to play. I’m pretty sure they’re also paying me to play. I guess they want to see more or get whatever situated on their end. I just keep doing what I got to do as far as coming in each day.”
It appears unlikely that Golladay might be moved at this level, partially due to the dearth of manufacturing and his contract. He’s nonetheless owed $11.6 million in base wage for the rest of this season and one other $4.5 million subsequent yr.
It isn’t an issue to maintain him round for now. Daboll and a number of other Giants gamers advised ESPN he has dealt with it like a professional.
“It is what it is. It’s a business,” Golladay stated. “I’m not here to be friends with coaches. They’re just co-workers to me.”
Daboll has been constant about saying the huge receiver place is an open competitors, and he means enterprise. Richie James leads the Giants with 10 catches and 110 yards receiving.
James was an offseason acquisition who many believed was on the roster bubble. Sills earned his approach onto the staff.
Daboll has used the identical line about competitors from the beginning. He took an analogous stance again when Golladay was one of many few veterans to play within the third and remaining preseason sport. It was additionally his reasoning behind final yr’s first-round decide, Kadarius Toney, taking part in solely seven snaps within the opener and Golladay barely getting on the sector towards the Panthers.
“It’s a continual competition at receiver. I’ve said it since when? I’m not being a jerk, I’ve said it since the middle of camp, right?” Daboll stated on Sunday. “It hasn’t changed. It’s going to be a continual competition.”
He added on Monday: “Again, whether it’s the highest-paid player, the lowest-paid player, the highest draft pick, an undrafted free agent — we’re going to go out there and let the guys compete it out. One week doesn’t necessarily mean this is what’s going to happen the next week. I think everybody understands what we are trying to do as an organization in terms of continuing to get better, competing for spots, working as hard as you can work.”
Daboll is not taking part in favorites primarily based on wage or draft standing, and it has caught the eye of his staff.
“It’s rare, but Coach has always told us he doesn’t care where you got drafted first round, second round, undrafted. He’s about what he talks about,” veteran huge receiver Sterling Shepard stated.
Shepard has performed probably the most snaps (102) of any Giants huge receiver thus far this season. He is coming off a torn Achilles suffered final season. Sills is second with 91.
If Golladay has a job this season, it will should be earned, not given primarily based on his previous accomplishments. This new regime is not tied to Golladay, who was the Lions’ third-round decide in 2017.
Golladay was optimistic about how Wednesday’s apply went. He stated he believes his function this week might be going to be a bit completely different.
The Giants (2-0) may need him extra on Monday evening towards the Dallas Cowboys. Toney didn’t take part in Wednesday’s apply due to a hamstring damage that continues to linger.