New York Giants coach Brian Dabul hasn’t been shy about the team’s wide receivers and weekly competition for playing time.
“Whether it’s the highest-paid player, the lowest-paid player, the highest pick, or an unpolished free agent — we’re going to go in there and let the players compete for it,” Daboll told reporters on Monday. “One week does not necessarily mean that is what will happen next week. I think everyone understands what we are trying to do as an organization in terms of continuing to improve, competing for positions, and working as hard as possible.”
In the first week, Kadarius Toney drew the short straw and only saw seven shots. In the second week, this was the role played by Kenny Goladay, the highest-paid player on the team, who Only took seven shots. Meanwhile, other receivers like David Sills have seen an increase in playing time.
This has been Daboll’s approach dating back to training camp and doesn’t seem likely to change. How this is explained is up for debate.
Daboll insists because the group is deep, talented and competitive. Others believe that it is because the Giants lack depth of quality in position outside of a select few.
While Daboll will never admit the latter in public, what he does in private appears to support this theory.
Aaron Wilson of the Pro Football Network Reports indicate that Daboll has been busy using FaceTiming in free-client wide receivers and evaluating his options.
Daboll has been using FaceTiming with free receivers extensively, according to a league source.
League sources have also reported to Wilson that Golladay’s position and effort have not been called into question, but that his ability simply does not match what the Giants are trying to do.
Under new coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen, they are simply trying to play with the players they feel are giving the team the best chance of winning now. Their actions speak volumes for Guldai. They don’t think he can help them now. Hence, why not play more.
“It’s a bad contract, and they inherited Kenny,” said a league source. “Brian and Joe are not just going to play a guy because he makes a lot of money. He’s not their guy. They’re playing their guys. That’s what it is.”
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“I haven’t heard anything bad about his stance,” a source said. “It just seems to be a football decision, nothing personal.”
Receivers, not just Golladay, have performed poorly so far this season. It’s something even Sterling Shepherd has admitted to.
“We have to do better early on,” Shepherd told reporters this week. “Men should know where to go. A lot of times, including me, I’ve walked in the wrong direction. Then you look at the clock and we have to hurry, so that throws this little timing. Especially in our room – it starts from me – we have Lots to work on.”
Dan Duggan from The Athletic I outline exactly what went wrong recently, highlighting the problems with Golladay in practice.
There was a scene during training last Wednesday that seemed slight at the time, but in hindsight, it appears expressive. At the beginning of each practice, quarterbacks throw passes at receivers that go on tracks on the air. Golladay ran into the going track, and quarterback Daniel Jones fired a pass about 40 yards down the field. Golladay didn’t come close to capturing the pass, which landed a few yards out of his grasp. It was impossible to tell if Jones knocked down the receiver, but the Giants coach’s reaction indicated frustration with Golladay’s inability to catch an accurate pass.
The giants don’t have a lot of cover space and will likely have to build some in order to sign up for a free broadband receiver. However, there are some interesting options like Will Fuller, Antonio Brown, TY Hilton, and Mohamed Sanu.
Oh yeah… There’s also a guy named Odell Beckham Jr. He will be in good health later this season.