New York Giants: Kenny Golladay explains week 2’s sideline argument

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One of the most talked about moments during the New York Giants‘ week 2 loss to Washington didn’t happen on the field. Rather, wide receiver Kenny Golladay would put attention on himself while on the sideline when he appeared to have an emotional outburst at either Daniel Jones or Jason Garrett. Jones would quickly stand up for Golladay in his comments after the game, but many still wondered about the situation and whether Jones was simply saying what was good for public appearances.

However, Golladay himself also claims that the burst of emotion on the sideline wasn’t directed at his quarterback. When asked about it on Monday, he said that it was aimed towards Jason Garrett and also denied the incident was over a lack of passes headed his way in big moments.

What did Golladay have to say on the matter?

“No, not so much that,” Golladay said when asked if his message was to get him the ball more. “Pretty much just me talking to JG a little bit and that’s two competitive guys right there. Moreso, just me wanting to do anything I can. Not so much, ‘Give me the ball more,’ though.”

“No, it’s not dealing with that,” the receiver further elaborated when asked if it was about mainly being thrown the ball on early downs.

Golladay was targeted 8 times but only had 3 receptions in the loss. His 38 yard performance was a step down from week 1 and served to fuel calls for the Giants to use their top weapons better.

While the sideline outburst brought some initial concern from the fanbase, many will be willing to look past it after learning it was directed towards Jason Garrett – Garrett, after all, has proven to be one of the least popular figures around the Giants this season.

With the way the season has started for the Giants’ new additions at receivers, it’s not that surprising that some frustration managed to come out towards the offensive coordinator. One can only hope that the offense continues to build on its improvements from the Washington game and that there’s no need for moments like this later in the season.

Giants News: Kenny Golladay yells at Jason Garrett, Kadarius Toney’s frustrations are boiling over

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The New York Giants lost a nailbiter against the Washington Football Team on Thursday evening, with interior defender Dexter Lawrence jumping offside on a field goal attempt, they gave kicker Dustin Hopkins one more opportunity to win the game. Unfortunately for the Giants, Hopkins didn’t miss on his second attempt, sending Big Blue crashing down to an 0-2 record this season and the fan base into a frenzy.

With the negativity beginning to mount and head coach Joe Judge running out of answers, the interior of the team has begun to raise frustration, as star receiver Kenny Golladay was seen yelling at coordinator Jason Garrett toward the end of the contest.

Kenny Golladay screams at Jason Garrett as the team avoids him in the most important moments:

Golladay finished with three receptions for 38 yards in the loss, playing in 39 total passing snaps. Golladay was used rarely, as quarterback Daniel Jones targeted Sterling Shepard more frequently over the big money possession option.

Golladay has every right to be frustrated about his lack of usage, especially toward the latter portion of the game when the Giants needed to march down the field and score. At 6’4″ and 213 pounds, the Giants took only one deep shot to their big exterior receiver, which simply isn’t enough.

However, Kenny wasn’t the only receiver to expressed frustration after the defeat, as first-round pick Kadarius Toney took to social media to show his disappointment.

Kadarius Toney’s frustration is boiling over to social media:

Toney featured in just 19 total snaps against Washington, an increase of 14 compared to Week 1 against Denver. Toney failed to make an impact in the receiving game, not being targeted once by Jones. After the game, Tony posted on social media a meme, stating, “I don’t be mad, s—t just be lame to me.”

Some might compare the Giants’ lack of utility for Toney, like buying a sports car and failing to drive it. It is yet to be seen if coordinator Jason Garrett even has plays in his arsenal that are capable of maximizing Kadarius’s skill set.

Hopefully, they can get him more involved moving forward and not just utilize him as an end-around and jet sweep option. He is far more than just a gadget player, and if the Giants don’t get him involved quickly, Toney has a high probability of lashing out once again, and with Golliday already having a screaming match with Garrett on the sidelines, they need to get some of these players involved quickly.

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 Giants: Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney to play on Sunday

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Despite earlier injury scares, the New York Giants won’t have to go into their season opener without their new additions at wide receiver. Both Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney have been on the injury report during the past week leading up to the game, and missed the preseason finale, but have finally been removed from that list with days left before the opener.

The Giants have a number of injury situations that will come down to late decisions from the coaching staff. While Golladay and Toney are confirmed as ready to play, the same isn’t true for Saquon Barkley and Adoree’ Jackson. Both players are listed as questionable, but it looks like Barkley has the better odds of playing as Joe Judge has already confirmed that it would take a setback for Barkley to not play on Sunday.

Evan Engram, on the other hand, is ruled out entirely with a calf injury. We’ll likely see more of Kyle Rudolph because of that, as the new veteran addition is returning to health just in time for week 1.

It remains to be seen how some players will perform coming back from injury, or what the exact role will be for the newcomers to the offense, but the the current outcome is far from the worst one possible for the Giants.

Even if both Engram and Jackson miss the season opener, having the new weapons such as Toney, Golliday, and Rudolph on the field consistently is a big step in justifying the high price the Giants spent this offseason to acquire them.

New York Giants: Kenny Golladay on recovery, chemistry with offense

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It’s safe to say a fair amount of the hopes for the New York Giants offense rest on Kenny Golladay. Golladay is the team’s highest profile free agent, and the most visible part of the organization’s plan to focus on offensive weapons this offseason. The Giants prioritized bringing Golladay in over improving other areas such as the offensive line, and that decision will be judged in part by how Golladay plays in his debut season with the team.

Golladay and the Giants are unfortunately facing a challenge in that plan, however. Golladay is injured right now, and it’s unclear if he’ll be back in time for week 1. Despite that, the receiver has seemingly kept a hopeful outlook and is positive about his time with the franchise so far.

Golladay speaks on return to practice

Golladay, along with Saquon Barkley, is one of the Giants players who recently made a return to practice. He took questions on Thursday about it, and explained the reasoning behind a slower start.

“I mean, this is literally like the first day and a half I’m back out there, so it’s still fresh. I’ve still got to get my legs up under me and everything,” Golladay told reporters when asked about his explosiveness.

He also spoke about another subject that fans will be curious about: his chemistry with Daniel Jones. While Jones will have more weapons this season, injuries have largely meant that those weapons haven’t had much of a chance to build chemistry yet. According to Golladay, however, this isn’t the biggest deal.

“It’s definitely a little bump in the road, but we still have some days left. I’ve got to get just a lot of catches in,” Golladay said.

Golladay on Kadarius Toney

Ironically enough, injury may help Golladay’s chemistry with fellow receiver Kadarius Toney. Both players are on uncertain return timetables after offseason injuries. And as high profile additions, both of them have strong expectations to get back on the field for the Denver game.

“I’m just trying to keep him on a good track and trying to keep his mind clear. As a rookie, it’s kind of hard coming in with injuries,” Golladay said about the rookie.

“I dealt with it a little bit my rookie year and I know how frustrating it can be. You almost kind of want to rush it and get yourself back out there, so I kind of make sure his head is on straight and tell him everything will be alright, and we have time on our side.”

A quick return to form following injury is the bare minimum expectation for both Golladay and Toney after the Giants prioritized both players over other areas of the team. Based on the way things are panning out so far, that decision has been criticized with many pointing to the state of the offensive line as evidence the Giants should have focused elsewhere.

It’s still too early to say just how either of the new additions will fit into the offense when healthy, but it’s definitely not too soon to rule wide receiver one of the highest pressure positions on the team currently.

New York Giants: Barkley and Rudolph out, others will be game time decision

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The New York Giants are dealing with a number of injuries right now, and it’s unclear which players are in a position to return for the final preseason game. We do know, however, that two anticipated returns won’t happen in this game after Joe Judge ruled out the possibility already.

Those players are Saquon Barkley and tight end Kyle Rudolph, both of whom have mounting pressure to play in week 1. Judge confirmed on Friday that neither player will take the field against New England.

“He will not play in this game, no. We’ll dress him out. He’ll go through warm up. We’ll continue him on through ramping up. He won’t play. Him or Rudolph won’t play in this game,” Judge told reporters when asked about Barkley.

But more encouragingly, Judge also claimed that the Giants are still making decisions on some players.

Some decisions are still being made

“The other players – there’s a lot of guys where there’s still decisions being made. We’ll see how they come out today and even some tomorrow. We’ll see how they’re going to look for the game. So, I can’t give any final answers on a lot of guys,” Judge said.

The list of injuries includes three wide receivers – John Ross, Kadarius Toney, and Kenny Golladay.

With Toney being the team’s first round draft pick and Golladay being their biggest free agent signing, this has caused some reasonable concern that Daniel Jones won’t get a chance to build chemistry with his most important targets in a game situation before week 1.

But as the Giants generally rested their starters for the first couple of preseason games, it’s clear the staff aren’t prioritizing preseason experience for their key players.

We know Jones will play one half in the final game, but as of now, it remains to be seen if his new weapons will be there on the field with him.

New York Giants injury updates: Adoree Jackson, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney

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The New York Giants started practice on Wednesday afternoon on a positive note, announcing the return of tight end Kyle Rudolph from the PUP list. Rudolph has spent the summer rehabilitating from a foot injury that was discovered before he signed with the Giants this off-season on a two-year contract.

However, not all injury news from Wednesday’s joint practice with the New England Patriots was positive. Starting quarterback and new free-agent signing, Adoree Jackson suffered a foot injury, and the severity is currently unknown.

New York Giants injury updates:

Adoree Jackson:

The roller coaster of news following Jackson’s injury is quite laughable.

Ranging from Jackson being carted off the field after slipping in coverage to he might be able to practice tomorrow is quite polarizing. Ian Rapoport went as far as to say the swelling was “significant,” but the Giants are still running tests to diagnose exactly what the cornerback is facing in the short term.

Best case scenario, Jackson walks away dodging a bullet, as the Giants recently traded Isaac Yiadom to the Green Bay Packers in hopes the secondary would remain healthy. They lost Quincy Wilson during the last preseason game and are still unsure about rookie Rodarius Williams. Third-round pick Aaron Robinson continues to spend time on the PUP list with a core muscle injury.

Overall, the Giants are holding their breath that the injury doesn’t reveal anything significant. Swelling could indicate something serious, but it is also a natural reaction from the body and normally subsides with a bit of ice and Advil. Until the swelling goes down, the team won’t truly know how long he will be out.

Kenny Golladay:

The Giants’ top wideout has spent the last few weeks dealing with a hamstring injury, an issue he’s faced before. Golladay has only played five games since his Pro Bowl appearance in 2019, but he is expected to make a full recovery and to be available for the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Denver Broncos.

Golladay spent time on the side with trainers, catching passes from a standstill. He has worked with Daniel Jones, playing a game of simple catch, but that isn’t enough to beat corners on timing routes and fully understand the playbook come the start of the regular season. Hopefully, next week will offer Golladay an opportunity to get the gears turning once again.

Kadarius Toney:

Giants’ rookie receiver Kadarius Toney has experienced somewhat of an up-and-down off-season.

After equipment issues first plagued his minicamp, Toney, unfortunately, contracted COVID-19, which has kept him on edge ever since. Toney was also working alongside trainers with Golladay during Wednesday’s practice. There’s no guarantee he will be available against Denver, but at the very least, he could get a few reps throughout the game on designed plays to get his feet wet. Missing the entire preseason isn’t ideal, but the Giants are still confident he will make an impact on the 2021 campaign.

New York Giants already declare key offensive players OUT for second preseason game

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The New York Giants are currently enjoying a week of joint practices with the Cleveland Browns. The Giants and Browns will face off in a preseason Week Two matchup on Sunday night.

In their first preseason game, key members of the team were held out in an effort to keep them healthy for the start of the regular season. Players like Daniel Jones and Leonard Williams did not see the field on game day. Many of these key players will return to the field to start ramping up to game speed. But the Giants have already declared a number of key offensive players out for their second preseason game.

Kenny Golladay (hamstring), Kyle Rudolph (foot), Saquon Barkley (knee), and Kadarius Toney (unknown) will all be absent from the Giants’ lineup on Sunday.

When will these players return?

Daniel Jones and most of the starters on offense will take the field on Sunday. In the third preseason game versus the Patriots next weekend, Joe Judge wants the starters to play most of the first half. But will these injured players be back in time to create some chemistry in the preseason? Or will Golladay, Rudolph, Barkley, and Toney have to wait until the regular season to see some action?

Kyle Rudolph

At this point, it appears Kyle Rudolph will not be seeing the field until the regular season. In fact, it looks like it could be a long time before he suits up for the Giants. Rudolph does not seem close to returning and if he is not activated off of the PUP list by the start of the regular season, he will miss at least the first six weeks of the year.

Kenny Golladay

Kenny Golladay is a player the Giants need healthy for the regular season. He suffered a hamstring tweak a few weeks ago and avoided the worst-case scenario, but he has not been a full participant in practice since the injury occurred. At this point, Golladay could be healthy enough to play next week, but it might be wise for the Giants to let him rest up and focus on the regular season.

Saquon Barkley

Like Golladay, Saquon Barkley is an essential piece of the Giants’ offense. New York needs their superstar running back to get healthy. It is hard to imagine that the Giants would risk an injury to Barkley by playing him in the preseason considering the severity of the injury he is recovering from.

Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney is a major question mark to this point. The rookie wide receiver has barely practiced with the team this summer and is now dealing with a mystery injury. The Giants say he is dealing with an injury but have not specified what the injury might be. At this point, no one knows when Toney will be recovered. All Giants fans can do is wait and hope to see Kadarius Toney on the field for the start of the regular season.

New York Giants: Kenny Golladay expected to be out 2-3 weeks

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Every training camp comes with injury scares, and this year for the New York Giants, the latest one surrounds Kenny Golladay.

Golladay came into camp as the team’s top free agent acquisition, but became the center of concern for a different reason when he had to leave the field due to an apparent hamstring injury on Tuesday. Despite some initial worries coming from this, Joe Judge insisted that the Giants had avoided the worst case scenario.

It looks like Judge had accurate information, as Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News is reporting that Golladay is only set to miss two to three weeks with the injury.

Golladay having to miss two to three weeks isn’t exactly a positive outcome, especially as the new wide receiver already has a limited amount of time to build chemistry with Daniel Jones and learn Jason Garrett’s offense before the start of the season. However, the verdict could have been far worse.

The Giants likely aren’t going to rush Golladay back into action, just like they aren’t rushing Saquon Barkley. Like with Barkley, they have good reasons to be more considerate of Golladay’s long term future. The largest of those reasons is the huge four year contract that Golladay signed to become the team’s number one receiving threat.

If we’re lucky, we might still see Golladay make a return at some point in the preseason. But given the likely cautious approach from the Giants, that shouldn’t be assumed.

As for Golladay’s status for week one, that remains to be seen. But based on the current reports coming out, it doesn’t look like this injury will last long enough to keep Golladay out against Denver unless there’s a setback.

New York Giants News: Joe Looney retires, Kenny Golladay injury update, Andy Jones signed

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The New York Giants once again had a busy news day today. Despite not practicing until the evening (begins at 5:15 pm), the Giants had a busy morning and afternoon. Recently-signed interior offensive lineman Joe Looney retired out of nowhere and head coach Joe Judge provided an injury update on star receiver Kenny Golladay. The Giants also signed another wide receiver to compete in camp today, Andy Jones.

Joe Looney retires unexpectedly

This past weekend, the New York Giants signed interior offensive lineman Joe Looney. The idea was to bring Looney in as a quality depth piece on the offensive line which has dealt with injuries and inconsistency due to inexperience. Joe Looney was a nine-year NFL veteran that could bring some stability to the team’s front line. However, the possibility of gaining stability on the offensive line from Joe Looney no longer exists.

Joe Looney shockingly retired today after two practices with the team. According to Mike Garafolo, this retirement had nothing to do with Joe Judge’s intense practices or disciplinary style. Looney had to run some laps during practice, but his retirement was not related to the laps or practices. Joe Looney made this difficult decision because his body told him to.

“Joe always felt when his body didn’t respond the way he needed it to, it would be time to step away. He has too much respect for the Giants and Coach Garrett to not do that.” – Joe Looney’s agent via Mike Garafolo

Giants fans should react to Looney’s retirement with respect and admiration. Joe could have easily played this season out, given the team some poor performances, and earned a paycheck that he did not deserve. But, out of respect for the team, Looney walked away from the sport instead. ESM wishes Joe Looney the best of luck in his retirement.

Kenny Golladay injury update

During yesterday’s hectic practice, the Giants’ new star wide receiver Kenny Golladay left the field early with an apparent leg injury. After catching an underneath reception in team drills, Kenny Golladay had the ball punched out of his hands by linebacker Tae Crowder. After fumbling the football, Golladay almost immediately reached for his hamstring and walked off the field with a trainer.

Head coach Joe Judge spoke with the media today and gave an update on Kenny Golladay’s injury. Judge said it’s not considered a significant injury and that the “worst-case scenario” seems to be avoided. Excellent news there for the Giants’ top receiving threat. Golladay will meet with a doctor and undergo some more tests since hamstring injuries can be quite tricky. But the Giants are optimistic about the initial diagnosis of Kenny Golladay’s injury.

Giants sign WR Andy Jones

The New York Giants signed wide receiver Andy Jones today. He’s played for the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans in the past. He’s a 6-1 receiver that the Giants had in for a tryout two days ago. Jones has not seen any regular-season action since 2018 when he played in 8 games for the Detroit Lions, catching 11 passes on 24 targets for 80 yards and 1 touchdown.