Even from his new position on the Giants’ bench, Kenny Golladay won’t be able to score his first touchdown with the team. At MetLife Stadium on Sunday, the Giants beat the Panthers 19-16, and despite being fully fit, Golladay played only two snaps. This has to be a career low for the once-prized $72 million free-agent signing.
During the 15-minute cooling-off period before the media were allowed inside, he was among a group of players, including Julian Love, who departed the locker room after making a crucial winning play.
The receiver is in a position where there is “constant competition,” according to head coach Brian Daboll. “We are just going to keep rotating guys [through the lineup] and playing the ones we think are going to give us the best opportunity,” the coach said, “and the other guys have to be ready to go as backups.”
The Post reported early last week that the Giants intended to increase the playing time of Kadarius Toney, who saw only seven snaps in Week 1, on Sunday. This might mean that Golladay is benched. The scenario became murkier until Thursday when Toney exacerbated his hamstring issue again.
After a heavier workout, Toney noted, “I got more reps this game so I was able to see more varied looks” after he finished with two catches for zero yards. Learn more about my responsibilities by becoming actively involved. This week, we called all of the employees we skipped over the previous week.
And that left Golladay standing out in the crowd. After three years on the practice squad, David Sills finally got his chance to play in a regular season game, and he made the most of it by catching three passes for 37 yards in Golladay’s stead. It was against the Panthers that even Darius Slayton, who took a pay cut to avoid being released at the end of the preseason and was inactive for the season opener, got in on the action for one play.
When compared against the rest of the team, Sterling Shepard stood out with his six receptions (for 34 yards) and ten targets despite the team’s low passing efficiency of 5.1 yards per attempt.
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Shepard has stated that the receivers need to improve their “pre-snap” performance. Gentlemen, you must have a plan. On many occasions that I, too, was lost. Then you check the time and realize that we need to move forward, which messes up the timing a little bit.
He went on to say, “Especially in our room – it starts with me — we have a lot to work on.”How did Golladay respond to being demoted, exactly Fantastic, Daboll exclaimed. During the week, I informed him that we would be traveling with Sills.
He carried himself with the confidence of an experienced actor. I urged them to “be ready to go.” Is it safe to assume that next week will be [just like this week]? No. … Having a strong mind is also essential. This is not a comforting thought. I respect that they are experts in their field.
On the way to a 13-10 victory for the Lions, Golladay hauled in eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Golladay caught five catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, a game in which the team ultimately lost, 34-30. Golladay caught five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in Week 6’s 23-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Golladay caught six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-26 Week 8 win over the New York Giants. Golladay had a season high in receptions (4), yards (132), and touchdowns (0–1) in Week 9’s 31–24 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Golladay has 158 receiving yards and one score on just four receptions during Week 13’s Thanksgiving Series matchup with the Chicago Bears. The final score was 24-20 against the Lions. At the end of the season, Golladay was named to his first Pro Bowl. He concluded 2019 with a league-high 11 receiving touchdown catches, 1,190 receiving yards, and 65 receptions.
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