They were many factors that played into wide receiver Kenny Golladay choosing the New York Giants as his next home, including quarterback Daniel Jones reaching out to him saying that â€œwe are trying to do something right here.â€
The Giants, more specifically, Daniel Jones, needed a WR1 to help spur his development and increase his production. Last season, the Giants ranked 29th in passing yards earning 189.1 per game and ranked 31st in points per game with 17.5. Adding Golladay to the mix will undoubtedly have a profound effect on their efficiency, especially in the red zone.
Golladay is a 6’4″ behemoth of a receiver, showing his WR1 skills with his ability to high-point catches and use incredible body control to box out corners and dominate in all facets of the field. After reviewing his film, not only did I see an elite red-zone threat, but also an athlete that can make plays on a whim. His elite use of his stellar frame is perfect for Jones, who desperately needed a big body target to utilize in the passing game and a dangerous threat inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
What does the signing of Kenny mean for the New York Giants?
The signing of Golladay does a lot more than just improve the offense, it also opens up more options with the 11th overall pick in the draft. The Giants have a big decision to make, as a top 10 player will likely fall to their slot, and they have to make a decision on drafting another receiver to completely overhauling a weak unit in 2020 or allocate the pick toward a position of need. Normally, teams tend to settle with the best player available in the first round, based on positional value. If that is the case, the Giants might want to target offensive tackle Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern.
Slater is a phenomenal talent with the versatility to play multiple positions. With below-average arm length, some project he can move inside to guard, and the Giants could easily utilize him in that way on the right side. However, starting him at right tackle might be the most beneficial move, as Nate Solder hasnâ€™t played RT in over a decade, and Matt Peart missed developmental time last year with COVID-19. You can never have too many great offensive linemen, that is simply a fact and todayâ€™s NFL.
The Giants had a bottoming unit the last couple of years, so utilizing the 11th overall pick on another high upside player shouldnâ€™t be overlooked. Alternatively, they could secure a player like Jaylen Waddle out of Alabama, who would completely revitalize the offense and give the Giants too many weapons to work with.
Defensively, depending on if the Giants utilize some salary space on a CB2, they could allocate the 11th overall pick toward a defender like Patrick Surtain out of Alabama or Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons. As you can see, the options are endless, and the Golladay signing is to thank.