The New York Giants were once again active in the free-agent market on Thursday afternoon, with wide receiver Kenny Golladay visiting the facilities to meet with the coaching staff and upper management. Aside from Golladay, the Giants also inked tight end Kyle Rudolph and linebacker Reggie Ragland to one-year deals.
Rudolph is a 31-year-old tight end from the Minnesota Vikings, a player who has excellent hands, going the last two years without a dropped pass, and ranked as the fifth-best tight end in pass-blocking efficiency last season, according to PFF.
Ragland, on the other hand, is coming off his rookie deal, having spent the first three years of his career with Kansas City and last season with the Detroit Lions. The Giants recently hired executive Kyle Oâ€™Brien, who just made his way over from Detroit. Knowing their roster, Oâ€™Brien likely recommended Ragland as a solid fit for Big Blue, who let Devante Downs and David Mayo walk in free agency.
Rudolph will likely earn starting snaps immediately, while Ragland will act as a reserve behind Blake Martinez. It is possible he presses Tae Crowder for snaps at LB2, but he will have to earn it.
The latest on Kenny Golladay and the New York Giants:
Golladay will carry his visit over into Friday, where he will meet with head coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman. From there, they will decide if Golladay is a good fit for the team while gauging his price. Given everything goes smoothly, the Giants will have their WR1 for the 2021 season, and quarterback Daniel Jones will have a 6-foot-4 target to utilize in the passing game.
“The interesting part about this Kenny Golladay visit is that the player needs to sell himself just as much as the team,”Â ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan tweetedÂ on Thursday night. “It’s kind of unique in that regard with Golladay having other options but also needing to answer questions about some of the things that went down in Detroit.”