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Giants May Have A $72 Million Problem

Kenny Golladay had a forgettable night in the Giants’ second preseason game, finishing with zero catches and zero targets on 21 snaps. It’s now becoming evident that Golladay is becoming more of a headache than a solution.

Giants $72 Million Problem

Back in 2021, when the Giants desperately needed a true alpha number one receiver, Giants fans universally called for the team to sign former Lions WR Kenny Golladay. He had excelled with a terrible Lions team whenever he was on the field. He was great in the red zone and would snag contested catches like they were nothing. Finally, the now former Giants general manager Dave Gettleman listened to the fans and signed Golladay to a $72 million deal. Giants fans rejoiced as they finally had that good number one receiver since OBJ was with the team for the first time.

Fast forward to the training camp of 2022, and Golladay barely gets any production with the offense. This past Sunday, during the Giants’ second preseason game against the Bengals, he wasn’t even targeted during the 21 snaps he played with quarterback Daniel Jones.

Some could say that Jones needs to get the ball to Golladay more. However, if he’s not getting open, it doesn’t serve Jones any right to take the risk by forcing it on him. As we head into the second season of Golladay’s tenure with the Giants, it’s clear that the large contract the old Giants regime gave him was a big mistake.

Gettleman made many bad decisions during his tenure as Giant’s GM. First, he drafted Daniel Jones, which hasn’t turned out great. Then, he signed WR Golden Tate to replace OBJ in 2019 and OT Nate Solder to a big-money contract that he never lived up to. Gettleman didn’t do better on the way out, as the Golladay signing could hurt the Giants for an extended period.

They have already drafted two wide receivers in the first and second rounds of the past two drafts. Kadarius Toney looks like a promising star on the rise if he can stay healthy, and Wan’dale Robinson provides electric slot receiver abilities.

To keep up with these two, Golladay has to improve his numbers dramatically, similar to the stats he put up in Detroit. In 2018 with the Lions, he finished playing 15 games and had 70 receptions for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns. The following year, he played in all 16 games putting up 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The next year, he was hampered by injuries and came to the Giants. He played in 14 games and 37 receptions for 521 yards in his first season with the Giants last year. The worst stat from last season was that he didn’t even have any touchdowns all year. It had to eat Golladay alive all offseason that he couldn’t even get in the end zone once in his first season with the Giants.

He then goes into this offseason, and in his first preseason game, he only gets one catch for six yards. That game is understandable, considering he only played a few snaps. However, in the Giant’s second preseason game on Sunday against the Bengals, he played in 21 snaps with Jones as QB, which is a lot for the preseason.

He didn’t even get the ball once, though, which tells you all that needs to be said about how much separation he was getting. That’s been a big problem with Golladay, his who career, amplified during his entire Giants tenure. He creates a tiny break from the cornerback, which doesn’t give the quarterback room to fit the ball.

If Golladay doesn’t improve his game quickly, there is a real chance he gets shuffled down the depth chart. Remember, this new regime of head coach Brian Daboll and new general manager Joe Schoen didn’t give him this significant contract. They have said that they are evaluating every player on the roster similarly.

Especially if Toney and Robinson have great years, Golladay could rightfully be in trouble. In addition, there are wide receivers like Colin Johnson and Sterling Shepard when he comes back from injury who could challenge Golladay if he continues this type of play. For the sake of the Giant’s offense, Golladay needs to rise and show the world who he is during the regular season. It’s unacceptable for him to be as absent as he was this past Sunday. If that ever were to happen during the regular season, significant changes would need to happen immediately.

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