East Rutherford, NJ – Contract giants proposed receiver kenny golade Would go down as one of former GM Dave Gettleman’s biggest mistakes. It’s an albatross around the neck of the new front office. This is a major reason for his current salary cap mess.
But two-and-a-half years ago, the decision to sign him would not have been viewed that way. Yes, $72 million over four years with $40 million guaranteed still seemed like a lot for Gould. Yep, it looked like the Giants were bidding against themselves. But they needed a No. 1 receiver, and that’s what many people around the NFL still believe. Matthew Stafford was the preferred target at the time.
It’s also something Golladay feels he still has – even if no one else does.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said on Thursday. “I never think too low of myself. I still think I can do these kinds of things.”
However, the evidence is working against her halfway through her second season New York As the Giants (7-2) enter a game on Sunday at the Meadowlands against the Detroit Lions — Golladay’s old team. He has only played in five games this season, in one where he was given only two offensive snaps. Last Sunday, in a 24-16 win over the Texans, he dropped both passes thrown in his direction, including a perfectly thrown ball that ricocheted off his hands.
He was booed by the New York crowd after that play, and then immediately unmasked by Giants coach Brian Dabold. was in his place during the second half Isaiah HodginsJoe was claimed off waivers just 11 days ago and was playing in the fourth game of his three-year NFL career.
Golladay now has just two catches for 22 yards (on eight targets) this season and 39 catches for 521 yards and zero touchdowns in 19 games for the Giants in two years. Clearly, the Giants would cut or trade him if they could, but his contract makes that impossible until this offseason, when he would still be leaving behind $14.7 million in “dead cap” money.
If he never plays another down for the team – which is certainly possible given that he’s been nursing a hamstring injury while he sits at the bottom of the depth chart – they’ll pay him roughly $1.03 million per catch. must have done And even if he does return to their lineup, the Giants clearly aren’t expecting much. As desperate as they are to get help, they would choose to rely on it darius slayton (19 catches, 327 yards and 2 touchdowns), whom he nearly cut this summer, 5-foot-8 rookie Van’Dale Robinson (14-127-1) and a rotation of castoffs and bottom-of-the-roster players like the door richie james (20-191), Marcus Johnson (6-63), Hodgins (2-41) and David Sills (11-106).
a major reason why the quarterback daniel jones Averaged only 177.3 passing yards per game and only eight touchdown passes in nine games, while having the third worst passing offense in the league. He could definitely use a 6-4, 213-pound, sure-handed receiver like the old Kenny Golladay.
Will the 29-year-old come close to becoming that player again?
Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said, “I think Kenny Golladay is a really good football player.” “He comes to work prepared every day. He goes through the process. This week is no different.”
This is hardly an endorsement of Golde rediscovering his old form, which is a shame as his old form was quite good. He had 65 catches for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns in Detroit in 2019, which obviously sold the Giants on his potential. The next year, he went 20–3–38–2 in five games played before suffering a hip injury and a feud with the coaching staff that made it clear he would not re-sign in Detroit.
In March, 2021, he was the clear head of a weak free-agent class at receiver that included Will Fuller, Curtis Samuel, juju smith-schuster And corey davis, Davis (three years, $37.5 million from jet) and Samuel (three years, $34.5 million from Washington) were the only other receivers to receive relatively lucrative long-term deals.
An NFC executive said, “There was nobody close to what he could do in that class.” “I certainly understood why the Giants wanted him. Maybe not for that much money, but there weren’t too many doubts about the player, even though there were some questions about his makeup and that hip.”
If veterans shared those concerns, they didn’t show it. Golladay’s first free-agent trip was to Chicago, but he left without a deal. The Giants then hosted him in the New York area for several days, giving him a full-court press, enlisting a group of their high-profile players to help woo Gould, whom Jones called at the time “a Big time playmaker this league.”
Since then, its decline has been as rapid as it is surprising. Even Golladay isn’t sure how everything went so wrong.
“I don’t know,” he said after the game on Sunday. “It’s tough. However, I’m going to move forward. Just knowing what type of player I can be and what I want to do on the field and what’s happening this year, I think that’s the tough part.” Is.” ,
Of course, no one is sure what kind of player he can be now. He actually got off to a good start in his Giants career, making 17 catches for 282 yards in his first four games, including a six-catch, 116-yard performance in a Week 4 win at New Orleans. Initially, it certainly seemed like Gettleman was right to make a big leap into that deal.
The next week in Dallas, Gould injured his knee and missed the next three games. He never topped the rest of his three catches or 53 yards.
Then he had knee surgery. Then he pulled a hamstring in training camp this summer. He then suffered a sprained MCL which cost him four games this season. Now his hamstring is an issue again, limiting him in practice and making him questionable for Sunday’s Giants game.
Obviously all this has taken a toll on his body and his mind. But his teammates believe it doesn’t mean the end of his season or his career.
“This is New York. It’s a tough place, obviously boo and everything people are saying and writing,” Giants said. saquon barkley, “But I think at the end of the day, especially coming out of an MCL, it’s hard to just come back and bounce back, get to the level you want to be at. You have it in your head, but sometimes you get back. Come and adjust, get back in the flow of things.”
That’s true, but for Golladay, it’s been three years of adjustment since that 2019 season in Detroit — a season he said “was probably my better year. I got a lot of opportunities there.”
The Giants were desperate to give him those opportunities. They were so confident of getting something out of him after he sprained his knee earlier this season that they felt tempted to trade the often-injured, undisputed 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Tony To chiefs, They thought that Golladay’s return would give at least some kind of boost to their weak receiving corps, that he would give them some production.
They didn’t expect that he would give them nothing.
Giants coach Brian Dabol said, “I don’t know.” “I think we take it week by week, go out there in practice and see how it goes at the end of the week.”
Unfortunately, for Gould and the Giants, it never really turned out well.