EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — New York Giants broad receiver Kenny Golladay did not precisely like coach Brian Daboll’s resolution to play him for just two snaps in Sunday’s 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers.
“Of course I do not actually agree with it. Or prefer it,” Golladay, who was speaking to the media for the primary time for the reason that sport, stated Wednesday. “But I can solely management what I can management, which is to come back to work on daily basis.”
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 correct method.
It makes this all fairly complicated to Golladay.
“I ought to be taking part in regardless,” he stated. “That’s a reality.”
Golladay, 28, was speculated 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.
But Golladay had a tough first yr with the group by which he was hampered by harm and didn’t rating a landing. He had a process that saved him out this spring.
The indicators have been really on the wall this summer season when — regardless of persistently 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 broad receivers) within the season-opening win over the Tennessee Titans.
Daboll stated he advised Golladay halfway by means of final week that he was going with David Sills V over him in opposition to the Panthers. Sills entered the competition with two profession catches for 17 yards. He is 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. But it isn’t 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 the way it goes. Yeah, we will see the way it goes,” Golladay stated. “I got here right here to play. I’m fairly positive they’re additionally paying me to play. I suppose they need to see extra or get no matter located on their finish. I just hold doing what I received to do so far as coming in every day.”
It appears unlikely that Golladay might be moved at this level, partially due to the dearth of manufacturing and his contract. He remains to be owed $11.6 million in base wage for the rest of this season and one other $4.5 million subsequent yr.
It’s not an issue to maintain him round for now. Daboll and several other Giants gamers advised ESPN he has dealt with it like a professional.
“It is what it’s. It’s a enterprise,” Golladay stated. “I’m not right here to be associates with coaches. They’re just co-workers to me.”
Daboll has been constant about saying the broad 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 method onto the group.
Daboll has used the identical line about competitors from the beginning. He took the same stance again when Golladay was one of many few veterans to play within the third and last preseason sport. It was additionally his reasoning behind final yr’s first-round choose, Kadarius Toney, taking part in solely seven snaps within the opener and Golladay barely getting on the sector in opposition to the Panthers.
“It’s a continuing competitors at receiver. I’ve stated it since when? I’m not being a jerk, I’ve stated it for the reason that center of camp, proper?” Daboll stated on Sunday. “It hasn’t modified. It’s going to be a steady competitors.”
He added on Monday: “Again, whether or not it is the highest-paid participant, the lowest-paid participant, the very best draft choose, an undrafted free agent — we will go on the market and let the fellows compete it out. One week does not essentially imply that is what is going on to occur the following week. I believe all people understands what we try to do as a company by way of persevering with to get higher, competing for spots, working as arduous as you may work.”
Daboll is not taking part in favorites primarily based on wage or draft standing, and it has caught the eye of his group.
“It’s uncommon, however Coach has all the time advised us he does not care the place you bought drafted first spherical, second spherical, undrafted. He’s about what he talks about,” veteran broad receiver Sterling Shepard stated.
Shepard has performed probably the most snaps (102) of any Giants broad receiver up to now this season. He’s coming off a torn Achilles suffered final season. Sills is second with 91.
If Golladay has a job this season, it will need to be earned, not given primarily based on his previous accomplishments. This new regime is not tied to Golladay, who was the Lions’ third-round choose in 2017.
Golladay was optimistic about how Wednesday’s follow went. He stated he believes his function this week might be going to be a little bit totally different.
The Giants (2-0) may need him extra on Monday night time in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys. Toney didn’t take part in Wednesday’s follow due to a hamstring harm that continues to linger.