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Kenny Golladay got the richest contract for a wide receiver before the 2021 season when he signed a four-year deal worth $72 million with the New York Giants.
Former general manager Dave Gettleman made a desperate move in hopes of getting the most out of quarterback Daniel Jones and improving the Giants’ lackluster offense. But it was a disaster.
Last Sunday, Golladay played just two plays.
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Golladay is in his second year of that contract, but a new coaching staff has made it abundantly clear that playing time is earned, not given, and will be based on who they feel gives the team the best chance of winning.
But the receiver “didn’t like the decision at all,” calling him “a bit confusing”.
“Of course they know I don’t really agree with it or like it, but I can only control what I control. That comes to work every day,” he told reporters on Wednesday. via Atletico.
“I should be playing anyway… That’s a given.” added.
Right now, it doesn’t look like Golladay and the Giants’ coaching staff are the best of friends.
“I mean, it is what it is. You know, it’s a business,” Golladay said. “You know, I’m not here to be friends with the coaches. You know, they’re just co-workers to me.”
Sure, the salary is good, but Golladay clearly wants to play. If he doesn’t, nothing stops him from requesting a trade.
“Let’s see how it goes… I came here to play. They also pay me to play. They want to see more, I guess, or any situation from them. I’m still doing what I have to do as far as coming every day,” also he said.
Head coach Brian Daboll told reporters after Sunday’s 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers that he broke the news to Golladay about his playing time before the game and that he handled it “like a pro.”
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“It’s an ongoing competition at catcher. I’ve said it since when? I’m not being a jerk. I’ve said it since the middle of camp, right? It hasn’t changed. It’s going to be an ongoing competition.” …” he said after Sunday’s game. “We’re just going to continue to support the guys and face the guys that week that we think will give us the best opportunity. And the other guys should be ready as backup.”
Golladay played on 46 of the Giants’ 60 offensive snaps in their 21-20 Week 1 victory over the Tennessee Titans, catching both of his targets for 22 yards.
Last year was a disappointment for Golladay in his first year with the Giants. He didn’t score a touchdown and caught just 37 passes for 521 yards in 14 games. He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2019.
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The Giants will look for their first 3-0 start since 2009 when they take on the Dak Prescott-less Dallas Cowboys on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.