Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay said Wednesday that he strongly disagreed with the fact that the bench was lying in last Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers.
“I didn’t like the decision at all,” the receiver said at his locker after practice. “Even people on the team were really wondering, ‘What’s going on?'”
Galloday said he also doesn’t understand why he was relegated to two shots.
“The grandmaster, the head coach, all these coaches: They keep saying, ‘You’re doing everything right. You’re handling yourself right, he said. “So it’s a little confusing.”
Therefore, Golladay does not rule out the possibility of asking for a change in the situation if this continues. He gets $17.75 million guaranteed from the Giants to watch from the sidelines.
“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I mean, I came here to play. I’m pretty sure they’re paying me to play as well. They want to see more, I guess, or get whatever is on their end. I will continue to do what I have to do as far as I come every day.”
He seemed to think he could be a more important part of this week’s game plan for Monday night’s 1-1 game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
“I think [my role] it will probably be a little different,” he said. “I still really don’t know.”
If his benching is due to a lack of production, it appears that Golladay was not told about it. He has twice commented that the front office and coaching staff are allegedly telling him one thing and doing completely different things. He also gave an icy answer to whether this situation will affect his relationship with the coaching staff.
“It is what it is. This is a business,” he said. “I’m not here to be friends with the coaches. They are just colleagues for me.”
Holladay and general manager Joe Sean bumped fists and sparred briefly on the field during the individual portion of practice Wednesday. Galaday said they were talking about the bench.
“A little,” he said. “It’s between me and him.”
Head coach Brian Daboll hinted Monday that Schoen plays a role in determining the game day roster.
“Joe and I collaborate on almost everything we have in our building,” Daboll said when asked about sitting Golladay. “What we want to create will be as competitive as possible for the team. And regardless of where you’re drafted, how you got here, how much money you make, we think everybody goes out there and competes, and we’re playing guys that have earned the right to play this week.”
Daboll said David Sills earned the playing time Golladay lost. Seals’ snap count has skyrocketed from 27 in the season opener to 67 last Sunday. Holoday’s playing time was drastically reduced from 46 to two.
“I’ll just say David Sills did a good job,” Daboll said. “He’s done a good job and he’s earned some of his playing time. And every week is a competition.”
Galloday said Daboll told him the bench would be there before the Panthers game, and Galloday “took what he said.”
“It wasn’t a back-and-forth argument,” Golladay said. “Agree to disagree a little.”
Golladay’s lack of production last season was unacceptable, especially given the four-year, $72 million contract with $40 million guaranteed that he signed in the spring.
He had just 37 catches for 521 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games last season. And he had just two catches for 22 yards on two targets Tennessee in week one.
But he hasn’t missed a single practice this training camp since undergoing an unspecified medical procedure in the offseason. And yet against Carolina, he played less than Kadarius Toney (28 snaps), a second-year player without a track record of reliability who rarely practices and who spent time in the Dabola doghouse, taking seven snaps in Week 1.
Galloday said it doesn’t matter what others do compared to him.
“I have to play regardless,” he said. “It’s a fact.”
It clearly doesn’t add to him that receivers coach Mike Groh said, “I thought Kenny did a really good job” in Week 1, only to play him twice in Week 2.
Golladay said he felt like “anything that was done in the game” against Carolina, “I probably could have done.”
“All the time, [I] there was positive energy on the sideline,” Golladay said. “I wasn’t angry. Accepted this role and just tried to stay closed.” His only two snaps were in the red zone.”
His only two snaps came in the red zone. It is unclear how this situation will be resolved.
The cap-heavy Giants can’t immediately waive Golladay because that would dead drop their $25.4 million salary cap hit. That’s more than the $21.15 million they already have on their books.
Trading Golladay will also be difficult. A team acquiring a potential deal would have to pick up the rest of his $13 million salary this season, as well as a $4.5 million bonus in 2023.
Indications are that this could be Golladay’s final season in New York because his release clause is coming down next year. But for now, Schoen and Dabol must figure out how to manage this proud veteran and integrate him into the team.
To consistently perform at a high level, NFL teams must be meritocracies. So it behooves head coaches – if they want to earn the respect of their players and win games – to play with their best players and bench or destroy the rest.
But these solutions must be transparent, consistent and effective to take hold. Golladay still wondered why this happened and claimed others thought the same.
The official Giants-Cowboys injury report won’t be available until Thursday, but the following players did not practice Wednesday: WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring soreness), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (right knee), WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles, maintenance), S .Dane Belton (undisclosed), Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux (sprained right MCL), Edge Azeez Ojulari (right calf), DL Leonard Williams (sprained right MCL), CB Aaron Robinson (appendix) and CB Nick McCloud (hamstring) … New LB Jaylon Smith wears No. 54. Safety Jason Pinnock, who missed Week 2, practiced.