After not speaking with reporters following Sunday’s game, Kenny Golladay had plenty to say on Wednesday.
The Giants wide receiver did not agree with or like that he played just two snaps in the win over the Carolina Panthers.
“I should be playing regardless,” Golladay told reporters. “That’s a fact.”
Coach Brian Daboll said that before the game, he told Golladay they’d be going with David Sills on Sunday as the primary receiver. Sills played a position-leading 92 percent of Sunday’s snaps, building on 27 snaps in Week 1. Golladay, meanwhile, played a position-leading 46 snaps in the season opener, but only recorded two receptions for 22 yards. His play time dropped significantly in Week 2. Why? Daboll simply stated that wide receiver playing time is a week-to-week situation.
“It’s a continual competition at receiver,” Daboll said Sunday. “I’ve said it since when? I’m not being a jerk, I’ve said it since the middle of camp, right? It hasn’t changed. It’s going to be a continual competition.”
The coach commended Golladay for handling the decision “like a pro.” Talking with media members Wednesday, Golladay kept most of the details of his conversation with Daboll to himself. He did say there wasn’t an argument and that he accepted Daboll’s decision even though he didn’t like it. Golladay said he’s also spoken with general manager Joe Schoen.
The 28-year-old also stressed that there’s still plenty of football to play this season and he’ll see how things go. The wide receiver group was already a focal point through the season’s first two games, and that attention has only been magnified due to Golladay’s situation.
So where do the Giants go from here. As we see it, they have four options regarding Golladay:
Play Golladay more
Golladay clearly wants to be on the field.
“I really feel like, you know, if I was in the game, I’d (make) a big difference,” Golladay said. “I feel like everything that was done in the game I for sure could have done. But we won at the end of the day, which is good.”
Agree with him or not, there’s no debate he has a talented track record to back him up. Golladay recorded two 1,000-yard seasons in Detroit and earned a Pro Bowl nod following the 2019 campaign. While he dealt with injuries throughout 2020, the previous Giants regime still saw fit to sign him to a four-year, $72 million deal in 2021.