Giants receiver criticizes coach’s decision regarding lack of playing time on Sunday: ‘I have to play’

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Kenny Goladay earned the richest wide receiver contract ahead of the 2021 season when he signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the New York Giants.

Former general manager Dave Gittleman made a desperate move in hopes of getting the most out of midfielder Daniel Jones and improving the Giants’ lackluster attack. But it was a disaster.

Last Sunday, Goladay only played two shots.

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Kenny Goladay of the New York Giants stands on the sidelines during a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Golladay is in his second year with this deal, but the new coaching staff has made it very clear that playing time is earned, not given, and will depend on who he feels gives the team the best chance of winning.

But the recipient “didn’t like the decision at all,” called “A little perplexed.”

“Of course you know I don’t really agree with or like him, but I can only control what I control. That comes to work every day,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Via Athletic.

“I have to play regardless…that’s a fact,” he added.

Right now, Golladay and the Giants coaching crew don’t seem to be best friends.

“I mean, that’s what it is. You know, it’s a business,” Guldai said. “You know, I’m not here to be friends with coaches. You know, they’re just coworkers to me.”

Kenny Goladay of the New York Giants during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Kenny Goladay of the New York Giants during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Sure, the salary is nice, but Golladay clearly wants to play. If he doesn’t, nothing is stopping him from asking for a deal.

“We’ll see how it goes. … I came here to play. They also pay me to play. They want to see more I guess or any situation on their end. I keep doing what I have to do as often as it comes every day,” as he said.

Head coach Brian Dabol told reporters after Sunday’s 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers that he broke the news to Golday about his pre-game playing time, and that he treated it “like a pro.”

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“It’s an ongoing competition for the receiver. You’ve said it since then? I’m not an idiot. You’ve said it since mid-camp, right? It hasn’t changed. It’s going to be an ongoing competition…” he said after the game Sunday. “We will continue to roll and play with the players this week which we think will give us the best chance. The other players should be ready as a backup.”

Golladay played in 46 of 60 offensive shots for the Giants in their Week 1, 21-20 win over the Tennessee Titans, shooting both of his goals for 22 yards.

Last year was a frustrating one for Geladay in his first year with the Giants. He scored no touchdowns and only gained 37 passes for 521 yards in 14 games. He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2019.

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Goladay during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia.

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Goladay during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia.
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The Giants will aim for their first 3-0 start since 2009 when they face the Dallas Cowboys, who miss Dak Prescott, Monday night at MetLife Stadium.


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