Giants’ Kenny Golladay makes bold claim about offense

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Ever since the New York Giants hired Jason Garrett to be their offensive coordinator, the unit has averaged a measly 17.3 points per game. Despite the additions of Kenny Golladay, Kyle Rudolph, Kadarius Toney, and the return of Saquon Barkley, the Giants managed just seven points during meaningful football on Sunday in Week 1. While the final score might say 13, garbage time provided the offense an opportunity to put more points on the scoreboard.

Given the embarrassing amount of riches the Giants have at their disposal, scoring seven points is malpractice. Garrett, who is an experienced coach from his time with the Dallas Cowboys, has hit a roadblock devising a unique scheme the focuses on vertical concepts and expanding upon his player’s strengths.

Despite seeing more of the same in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, receiver Kenny Golladay is optimistic that the offense will turn a corner and provide more explosiveness moving forward.

“I’m sure I speak for everyone, we try to go into every game trying to be explosive, we want to make those explosive plays,” he said. “Of course I’m going to say I want myself and the rest of the guys on offense to come in with that mindset and dominate.”

Golladay stated before the game that the offense would be a little rusty, given the star receiver has been dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the preseason and joint practices against both the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. Last season, Kenny played in just five games, dealing with a bevy of issues. Suffering an injury so early in the season certainly didn’t brew optimism within the fan-base, but he is working his way back efficiently.

In the loss to Denver, Golladay hauled in four receptions for 64 yards on six targets. Interestingly, the majority of his targets came in garbage time in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach.

“We have to build from here and I feel like we’ll do that,” Golladay said. “Just being able to get those balls from him in the game, that was good because then he could see a little bit of what I can do to help him and to help the team.”

Unless the offense can begin taking shots downfield and putting together more productive games, coordinator Jason Garrett will be on the hot seat sooner rather than later. In fact, after displaying one of the blandest and vanilla offensive schemes in the league last season, Garrett should already be feeling the pressure.

As ownership waits patiently for quarterback Daniel Jones to become a franchise signal collar, the fans are quickly entering panic mode. Joe Judge must get his ducks in a row and rebound against Washington, otherwise the ship will run aground rather quickly.

New York Jets continue to deal with the curious case of Denzel Mims

Mims, the New York Jets’ second-round pick from the 2020 draft, played only three snaps in Sunday’s loss in Charlotte.

The best thing you can say about Denzel Mims’ sophomore season opener is that he made the most of his limited opportunities.

Conversation around Mims has reopened after the New York Jets’ 19-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 action. Mims partook in only three snaps of the defeat, but featured heavily in one of the game’s most impactful plays: with three minutes remaining in the final frame, Mims’ 40-yard reception situated the Jets at Carolina’s 10-year-line. Corey Davis put in six points on a eight-yard pass from Zach Wilson to create what became the final margin.

Making the most out of limited opportunities has defined Mims’ infantile NFL career: the second-round pick from the 2020 draft tallied 357 yards over the final eleven weeks of last season, 10th amongst rookie receivers in that span. Hamstring woes ate away at his training camp and sidelined him for the first six weekends. Mims’ drafting was part of the Jets’ efforts to find the best of both offensive worlds. They chose blocker Mekhi Becton with the 11th overall choice, passing on several elite receiving talents. Mims, an aerial energizer out of Baylor, was chosen 59th overall.

Despite Mims appeared to be an odd man out of sorts after the Jets revamped their receiving corps this offseason, a relic of a prior coaching regime after the arrivals of Davis, Elijah Moore, and Keeland Cole. That idea gained further traction through Sunday’s snap counts: Mims’ trio ranked well behind reserves like Braxton Berrios (37) and Jeff Smith (9) on a day where both Cole and Jamison Crowder were each unavailable. Despite his late entry, Mims’ 40 yards earned on the aforementioned reception was third amongst New York receivers behind Davis (5 receptions, 97 yards) and Berrios (5 receptions, 51 yards).

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Head coach Robert Saleh partly blamed the “sequence of the game” for Mims’ lack of reps, per notes from the Jets. He labeled Davis, Moore, and Berrios as his top three receivers in Carolina. Saleh also said that the Jets’ late offensive pace afforded the comfort to give Mims an offensive opportunity. The Jets’ final drive went 93 yards in 10 plays, doing so in 2:31 as they tried to erase a late two-possession deficit.

“(Mims) has been doing a good job getting himself a little bit better every day but, he’s got to know, when you’re not one of the main guys, you got to know all three spots and you’ve got to know it at a high level so you can step in and take advantage of all those opportunities,” Saleh said. “If the Z, the F or the X needs a break, you’re the first one that goes in because you know all three spots, you can execute at a high level and you can roll.”

“(Sunday) was more of a timing thing where offense really didn’t get rolling until that fourth quarter, which is where you started seeing him show up on the football field,” Saleh continued. “We had those extended drives, I think we had a 10-play, 93-yard drive where the receivers needed a break, and it gave them that opportunity to step in and get action.”

Saleh also mentioned that Cole and Crowder “both have a shot to come back this week” as the Jets prepare for their home opener against the New England Patriots on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). Their potential reinseration could create an awkward situation for Mims, whose big-play potential and ability to gain yards after the catch made him attractive to a Jets offense in desperate need of big-yardage situations. Sunday opponent Jeremy Chinn and and Washington rusher Antonio Gibson were among those chosen in the next ten selections.

Finding a place for Mims could be a way for incoming offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur to leave an impact on the New York offense. LaFleur previously worked with the receivers in San Francisco and guided names like Kendrick Bourne, Maquise Goodwin, Deebo Samuel, and Brandon Aiyuk to breakout seasons.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags