Giants should figure out how to get Kenny Golladay on the field against Cowboys – Trentonian

Kenny Golladay was refreshingly candid this week when he expressed his frustration that he played just two snaps in last Sunday’s 19-16 win over the Panthers.

The 28-year-old wide receiver could have simply played the “team game” card and said he’ll do whatever it takes for the Giants to win. After all, he gets paid the same amount of money no matter how often he goes out on the field.

But Golladay wants to play, and understandably so. This is a receiver with two 1,000-yard seasons to his name and an NFL-high 11 touchdown receptions in 2019. And this is a Giants offense with several unproven playmakers.

“I don’t agree with that,” Golladay said bluntly.

Head coach Brian Daboll, who wasn’t in New York when former general manager Dave Gettleman signed Golladay in March 2021 to what now looks like a ridiculous four-year, $72 million deal, made a valid counterpoint.

“Whether it’s the highest-paid player, the lowest-paid player, the top pick in the draft, an undrafted free agent, we’re going to go out there and let the guys compete,” Daboll said. “One week does not necessarily mean this is what will happen next week. I think everyone understands what we’re trying to do as an organization in terms of continuing to improve, competing for places, working as hard as possible.”

Golladay was not productive in his first season with the Giants, totaling just 521 yards with zero touchdowns in 14 games. And his body language this summer wasn’t exactly ideal at times. For example, he did no effort to throw a block on a running play against the Jets in the preseason finale.

So you can also understand where the Giants are coming from if they think other receivers are getting more playing time than Golladay right now, since doubling down on a bad investment is never a good thing. Still, they need to figure out how to get him on the field in Monday night’s home matchup with the Cowboys.

Why? Because in the long run, it’s not in anyone’s interest to have a 6-foot-4 Pro Bowl take the bench.

“We’re not going to get into all that right now,” Golladay said when asked if he wanted to be with the Giants if his playing time was miniscule. “We’re going into Week 3. Let’s see how it goes. There’s a lot of football left.”

Here’s the thing: Even if Golladay did issue a trade request, the Giants simply can’t grant it this year. He has a base salary of $13 million, which is something no other team will want to inherit. And removing Golladay would actually cost the Giants an additional $4.3 million in salary-cap space on top of their current cap of $21.2 million.

Financially, it will be easier for the two sides to part ways next offseason, so it’s in both sides’ interest to find a middle ground this year.

Daboll’s insistence that this is a weekly contest with receiver packages that change depending on the opponent doesn’t seem to make sense with Golladay. Yes, Kadarius Toney went from playing seven snaps in Week 1 to 28 snaps in Week 2, but Golladay is a traditional “X” receiver who usually stays on the field for almost every snap.

Golladay was simply benched against the Panthers in favor of David Sills, a fourth-year pro with just five career receptions, and no one knows if that will happen again against Dallas. But don’t count on that, as Wan’Dale Robinson and Kadarius Toney are likely to be injured.

That didn’t exactly pay dividends as the Giants threw for just 162 yards and are the second-worst passing offense in two games.

The Giants managed to overcome those issues for a 2-0 start, but once the schedule heats up, they could become this team’s Achilles’ heel.

It’s up to this coaching staff to find creative ways to use their biggest receiver, especially in the red zone, where both of his snaps happened last Sunday. That was arguably Golladay’s problem in Garrett’s unimaginative offense, which featured an overabundance of curl routes and few big plays.

But this is Golladay’s second year working with quarterback Daniel Jones, and he’s now in a more modern scheme run by Daboll, the former Bills offensive coordinator, and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, the former Bills quarterbacks coach. Chiefs field.

Find a way to make amends and build a productive business relationship, even if it’s just for a year.

“Yeah, I think he’s been a great player for us the last two years,” Jones said when asked if Golladay is on the game plan this week. “I have a lot of confidence in him and I know he is working hard. I can’t wait to go out with him.”

Giants game day

The game: Cowboys (1-1) at Giants (2-0), Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN, ABC)

The line: New York for 1

History: The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 71-47-2, and have won nine of the last 10 meeting since 2017. The Giants won the 2020 season finale at East Rutherford, 23-19.

key matchups:

Giants WR Kenny Golladay vs. Trevon Diggs C.B. Jeans: Golladay believes he will return to the Giants’ lineup this week due to injuries to Wan’Dale Robinson and Kadarius Toney. Golladay is still without a touchdown game in 16 games since he arrived in New York last year. Will that change in this primetime scenario?

Giants offensive line vs. Cowboys LB Micah Parsons: The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year already has four sacks and seven QB hits in two games. The entire Giants front line should be aware of Parsons’ game-destroying ability.

Giants CB Adoree’ Jackson vs. WR CeeDee Lamb Jeans: Dallas’ top receiver has just nine catches for 104 yards in two games, so the Cowboys are expected to involve him more this week with injuries to Dalton Schultz and Michael Gallup. Jackson, meanwhile, should be able to hold his own, as he has only allowed one catch in coverage so far this season.

Giants OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux vs. Cowboys OTs Tyler Smith/Terence Steele: Thibodeaux is expected to make his long-awaited debut after injuring his knee in preseason. The Giants have only three sacks in two games, so the pressure from Thibodeaux could give them a huge boost on defense.

injury report:

giants: OUTS: CB Justin Layne (concussion), CB Nick McCloud (hamstring), CB Aaron Robinson (appendix), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee); DOUBTFUL: DL Leonard Williams (knee), WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: OLB Azeez Ojulari (calf), OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee).

Cowboys: OUT: QB Dak Prescott (thumb), S Jayron Kearse (knee), G Connor McGovern (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: DT Quinton Bohanna (neck), WR Michael Gallup (knee), LB Micah Parsons (illness), TE Dalton Schultz (knee).

giant facts: The Giants are looking to start 3-0 for the first time since starting 5-0 in 2009, but went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. … The Giants’ Ring of Honor will be 50-strong when the team inducts seven new members at halftime: running backs Joe Morris, Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton; defensive ends Leonard Marshall and Jimmy Patton; running back/receiver Kyle Tote; and Senior Vice President of Medical Services Ronnie Barnes. … This marks the Giants’ first Monday night home game since Nov. 2, 2020, when they hosted the Bucs.

The prediction: Cowboys 23, Giants 17

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