Giants coach Brian Daboll brushed off wide receiver Kenny Golladay’s frustration as any kind of debilitating problem Thursday.
“I’ve been in the NFL a long time, just like you,” Daboll said before practice. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been part of a team where someone wasn’t happy with something. I have more respect for Kenny. I’m glad he is [un]glad he didn’t play. It shows competitiveness. But he was a professional and we’ll see how it goes this week.”
During Thursday’s practice, Golladay was diligent as usual. He then watched film of his routes on an iPad in the locker room.
Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka did not provide clarity on why Golladay played just two times against the Carolina Panthers in week two.
“He did everything we asked, to be honest with you,” Kafka said. “He did a great job.”
That’s exactly it “confusing” feedback, Golladay said doesn’t understand: sometimes he gets praise, sometimes he doesn’t play.
Dabol insisted that Golladay was not in the dark.
“We have private conversations,” the coach said. “We have good conversations. We are in a good place.”
Kafka said he thought it was “good to be on the same page” with Galloday.
“I believed in Kenny,” Dabol said. “I have a good relationship with him. I’m sure for a player who is 28 [years old], it’s not always the easiest… I think it’s a lot more than it really is. We went with [David] Windowsills. KG works hard. We’ll see where it goes this week and I have confidence in all the guys.”
The Giants (2-0) are averaging just 20 points per game, which puts them in a three-way tie for 15th out of 32 teams in the NFL.
They scored three offensive touchdowns in two games. They scored just one TD with Golladay on the bench in last week’s 19-16 win over Carolina.
Dabol confirmed that general manager Joe Schoen works with the head coach each week to build the game day roster.
There is often a division between the general manager, who oversees the 55-man roster, and the head coach, who oversees the 48-man roster. Not so with this regime.
“Me and Joe talk about everything, whether it’s the roster, the whole roster, the practice squad,” Dabol said. “I think it’s a really good working relationship and we talk about everything. I sometimes ask him for advice. Sometimes he asks me for advice. He is a good partner.”
Daboll explained how they collaborate on game days.
“The coaches give their contribution, they give [me] input I’ll go to Joe and say, ‘Hey, this is what we’re thinking about, this is who we’d like to bring up,'” Dabol said. “And Joe always said, ‘Great.’ There wasn’t like, “Ah, I think we should do this guy.” We kind of put together a game plan of what we needed. He was outstanding. And sometimes I say, “Hey, what do you think about this?” Which I think is healthy.”
Kafka said the offensive staff and Dabol will “continue to evaluate” whether Golladay will play more against Dallas.
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“Every time you put that helmet on and you’re on the field, you have to have the ability to do what’s asked of you,” Kafka said. “Kenny has done a great job in practice, he’s been working hard, he’s been working this week. So I’m happy for him for that.
DNP: DL Leonard Williams (knee), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), CB Aaron Robinson (appendix), CB Nick McCloud (hammy), CB Justin Lane (concussion).
LIMITED: OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring), C John Feliciano (shin), OLB Aziz Ojulari (calf), S Dane Belton (collarbone), S Jason Pinnock (shoulder).
Thibodeau and Ojulari are both looking to make their season debuts against Dallas. Thibodeau said he’s “definitely confident” in his knee. Both the No. 5 pick and Ojullari went 1-on-1 against O-lineman at full speed on Thursday.
DNP: CB Trevon Diggs (not injured/personal), LB Micah Parsons (illness), S Jayron Kearse (knee), G Connor McGovern (ankle), TE Dalton Schultz (knee), QB Dak Prescott (right thumb).
FULL: WR Michael Gallup (knee).
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Parsons to the Dallas media on Thursday: “I know he has symptoms of congestion. Nothing to do with Covid or the flu. Those have been tested. But he has symptoms that he’s better off not practicing. Don’t look for , for that to be a factor against the Giants.”