Kenny Golladay dismisses questions about his disappointing first season with the Giants as if it almost never happened.
There is little statistical evidence to show that this actually happened.
Golladay was not unfathomably one of the 274 players in the NFL who received a touchdown last season—despite playing 14 games and collecting the first $18.4 million on his four-year $72 million contract.
“It was disappointing, but a lot played a part in it,” Golladay said on Monday as he tried to turn Page in the coming season. “Every offense wants to start fast, but to be honest we’re not even talking about last year.”
A veteran executive involved in the Giants front office has told others around the league this off-season that the size and structure of Golladay’s contract for return on investment make it “the worst” in his career from a team perspective, Multiple sources told the Post.
At the urging of then head coach Joe Judge to add playmates and with then general manager Dave Gettleman thinking in the short term, the Giants backloaded Golladay’s deal to fit under the 2021 salary cap, meaning that between them The highest fee. Offensive players in 2022 ($21.1 million) and 2023 ($21.4 million). According to Spottrack.com, the Giants have the most 2022 cap-dollars invested on receivers among any NFL team.
Just like that, Golladay was hailed as a third-round NFL draft steal, having one 1,000-yard season in a row and leading the NFL to receive touchdowns with the Lions during his third season as a free-agent. as was depicted. to break. Did the expectations created by the contract put too much pressure on their shoulders?
“No, not at all,” said Goladay. “This last year had a lot of different moving parts. That was last year.”
Golladay, 28, missed most of the previous training camp with a hamstring pull, which set the tone for the injury-ridden season. He never saw a face-to-face with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett before the in-season changes were made. The passing attack was non-functional in six games played with a backup quarterback.
All those factors have changed in the first year under head coach Brian Dabol’s “Very Receiver Friendly” plan.
“First of all, the offense is completely different,” Goladay said. “The coach is placing people in different positions all the time, anticipating the defence. It just gives you a lot of freedom. You don’t have to be so cookie-cutter or do whatever is on paper. You can go there and make the path your own.”
In a rare highlight for the offense during Monday’s practice, Golladay caught on in traffic during an 11-on-11. But the most encouraging sign is that Golladay is part of the chemistry building of the first team offense after being in the red jersey to signify boundaries during a spring workout. He declined to say whether it was due to any haunting or new injury.
“I think this year is a little bit better, as far as just the training staff, the strength staff and then the coaching staff taking care of our bodies – and then we’re doing the right things on and off the field as players,” Goladay said. are.” “I feel good. I’m in a good place now.”
To make up for the time lost, Golladay spent most of his off-season around New York so that he could sync up with quarterback Daniel Jones.
“The receivers in our system have a lot to learn, so many different positions to play in,” Dabol said. “And I think early in the camp when you’re thinking a little bit, you have a lot of things going on in your mind. And you probably don’t play as fast. So we’ll give it a week or two and things.” A little bit will be fine.
While Dabol’s offense has fast receivers Vandell Robinson and Cadarius Tony, Saxon running Barkley and even Jones in pre-snap motion, the 6-foot-4 Goladay isn’t fooling anyone. His task is to win the jump balls fought on the periphery.
“I’m just my own player,” Goladay said. “I am sure Dabes is going to put me in the right position. I just want to play. I’m pretty sure the league’s defense knows I’m not going to get the end or the reverse or anything like that. ,
Don’t rule it out completely if it can bring Gollade back into the end zone and give the Giants more bang for their buck.