Uncertainty surrounds Giants’ Kenny Golladay after Jets game

There seems to be some uncertainty about Kenny Golladay’s role in the Giants offense, and perhaps their long-term plans.

The $72 million wide receiver started Sunday’s preseason finale against the Jets despite most of the Giants’ starters not playing. He was targeted once and didn’t have a catch, and was only targeted four times on 51 snaps during the preseason.

After Sunday’s game, head coach Brian Daboll — who said he started all of his healthy receivers, with Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard held out — was asked outright if Golladay’s roster spot is in danger.

Kenny Golladay during Giants practice on Aug. 15, 2022.
Robert Sabo

“Look, all those receivers are competing,” Daboll said. “Kenny’s had a good camp. [General manager] Joe [Schoen] and I will sit back and we’ll talk about everybody.”

Pressed on the lack of commitment to Golladay, Daboll responded, “I’m not going to commit to anybody being on the roster or not being on the roster until I sit down with Joe. We have a lot to talk about. That’s really not what I meant.”

While Daboll wasn’t saying Golladay could be released, the tepid response about a player entering the second season of a four-year, $72 million contract is noteworthy, especially after the 28-year-old had a quiet training camp. Still, with Schoen in cap-management mode, Golladay’s roster spot figures to be safe. Cutting Golladay would cost the Giants an additional $4.3 million against the cap.

Golladay, a Dave Gettleman signing, had 37 catches on 76 targets for 521 yards and, remarkably, zero touchdowns in his first season with the Giants last year. Injuries limited him to just five games in 2020, but the year prior Golladay earned his first Pro Bowl nod by catching 65 passes for 1,190 yards and a league-leading 11 touchdowns.

“He’s done a good job with what we’ve asked him to do,” Daboll said of Golladay. “Played multiple spots for us. He’s continued to learn our offense, I think he’s done a good job of learning it. I know numbers and catches and all that, I got all that. He’s done what we’ve asked him to do.”

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