Kenny Golladay went out and did something for the Giants last Sunday that he hadn’t done all year: Score a touchdown. Now heading into the playoffs, Brian Daboll didn’t rule out Golladay working his way back into the receiver group in the playoffs.
Realistically, it would be a tall order for Golladay after the Giants’ current crop has risen to the occasion after injuries severely impacted the unit.
“We’ll see. We’ll see,” Daboll responded when Golladay was brought up on Monday. “Kenny’s worked hard since he’s been here. (Darius Slayton, Richie James and Isaiah Hodgins) have done a good job for us. Again, every week’s a different plan, the way we want to do things. I think everything’s on the table.”
The Giants coach’s comments weren’t exactly a ringing endorsement, but they did leave the option on the table. Golladay has been underwhelming, to say the least, for the four-year, $72 million contract he signed in 2021.
It took him until his 26th game as a member of the Giants to finally reach the back of the end zone. It came in the waning moments of Sunday’s loss to the Eagles when Golladay made a 25-yard touchdown catch over Darius Slay to finally shed the burden of not having scored.
Golladay’s future with the Giants is unknown after this season, with many anticipating that it could be coming to an end. Still, it didn’t diminish the excitement among his teammates for Golladay.
Daboll showed plenty of excitement for him as well, going up to him after the play.
“I think getting to know the guys, I have a wide variety of emotions I think I show,” Daboll said. “This one was more. I just was proud of the young man. He made a great play. I asked him if he thought we’d have cheesesteaks after, when we got out on the buses. But no. I respect all of our players. Every player has a different journey. Every player goes through different things, and he’s certainly a guy that I respect a lot.”
The question now becomes was it enough for Daboll to throw Galladay back out there in the right circumstance next Sunday when the Giants play their first playoff game in seven years. The struggling receiver played all 62 snaps against the Eagles with mostly backups as Daboll opted to rest his starters in the meaningless game for New York.
In the three weeks prior he played just 10 offensive snaps.
New York’s offense has been led by Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, but the trio of Slayton, James and Hodgins have held down the fort his season. Slayton, who had struggled early in the year, turned a corner and has become a top receiver for the Giants.
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Hodgins was picked up on waivers from Buffalo in November and has quickly developed into one of Daniel Jones’ top targets.
“I’d say they’re smart, tough and dependable. They know what we expect out of them,” Daboll said. “They don’t really make a lot of mental errors. They know exactly what to do. They’ve made plays when the ball has come their way. I think the quarterback (Daniel Jones) has a lot of trust in them. He has a good feel for their body language and how they run routes. And I think they do a good job of working on that with him.”