Giants’ Kenny Goladay unhappy with the role: ‘I came here to play’

Kenny Golladay only played two shots last week, and Giants’ high-priced wide receiver wasn’t happy about that.

either it was lack of activity Whether because of his practice habits or because this new coaching staff doesn’t think he’s gained more time on the court, Guldai, in his opinion, sees a certain truth:

“I have to play, regardless,” he said Wednesday in his locker after practice.

why is that?

“This is a fact,” he said.

The Giants 2-0 and Goldaï was not part of the success. And he’s clearly confused and upset because coach Brian Dabol couldn’t find his place on the offense.

Golladay played 46 shots (77 percent) in a 21-20 win over the Titans and had receptions for 22 yards. In the second week, it was a spectator – two pieces – as the Giants returned to defeat the Panthers 19-16.

“I didn’t like the decision at all,” Gulday said. Even the people on the team were like, ‘What’s going on? “”

Kenny Goladay during training for the Giants on September 21, 2022.
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He inherited Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen Golladay. Most importantly, they inherited Golladay’s bloated contract — four years, $72 million — and knew the 28-year-old receiver was non-transferable in 2022. His base salary for the season is fully guaranteed at $13 million — that’s $21.1 million on salary Cap – and if released, it would create more than $25 million in dead money and would effectively add nearly $5 million to this year’s cap.

Golladay led the NFL with 11 catches in 2019 with the Lions, and the Giants thought in 2021 they were getting a 6-foot-4 goal that would be a red-zone weapon and a contested catch all over the field. He was part of the dysfunctional Attacking Giants last season and in 14 games he had just 37 passes for 521 yards and no touchdowns.

This has been uphill for Golladay all summer. Schoen said Guldai underwent an unspecified off-season medical procedure, which put him off the field in the spring. His training camp was uneven.

Daboll insists he runs a merit system and that playing time goes to whoever earns it, regardless of pedigree, salary or standing on the list. Richie James, who was selected from a list of 49 players, and Davis Sales, a former player on the coaching staff, received more time on the court than Golday.

Daboll Golladay reported last week that he will not be part of the wide receiver turn against the Panthers. Golladay said he “agreed to disagree” with Daboll when he was told about his limited role.

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Kenny Goladay during training for the Giants on September 6, 2022.
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“It wasn’t like there was an argument or any back-and-forth,” Gulday said. “I just accepted what he said.”

Is his relationship with Daboll torn apart?

“I mean, it’s what it is, it’s work,” said Golladay. “I am not here to be friends with the coaches. They are just co-workers to me.”

Daboll confirmed that Golladay handled the demotion professionally.

“That’s why it’s a little confusing, because everyone in this building tells me that I do everything the right way and be professional in everything I do,” said Goladay. ‘So it’s a bit confusing.’

Golladay stopped short of saying he would ask for a deal – dealing with him is untenable – if he didn’t increase his playing time.

“We won’t get into all that now,” he said. “We’re going into week three, and we’ll see how it goes. Lots of football left.”

Based on his conversations with Daboll and his vision of the plan for a Monday night match against the Cowboys, Golladay feels he will have a bigger role.

“I think it’s probably going to be a little different,” he said. “I’m preparing like I’m going to play but who knows?”

This is the first speed bump for Dabol, who has changed the Giants’ recent history of losing early in the season. Kadarius Toney, another receiver considered a key writer and contributor, played only seven shots in the opening. Guldai said last week that it was the first match in his life that he is in good health and yet he has not been involved in the events on the field.

“I came here to play,” he said. “I’m sure they are also paying me to play. They want to see more I think.

“I really don’t agree or like him. But I can only control what I can control, and that comes to work every day. If I was in the game [vs. the Panthers]I feel like everything that was done in the game I could definitely have done. We won at the end of the day, which is good.”