Veteran wideout Kenny Golladay is currently the highest-paid player for the New York Giants in terms of base salary ($13 million) and cap hit ($21.15 million). But despite this, the Giants have been extremely conservative about the way they used Golladay so far in the 2022 season.
Golladay was targeted just twice in the season opener, making both catches and accumulating 22 receiving yards. This was followed by a bench-warming role in Week 2 when the 28-year-old was on the field for only two snaps.
Speaking with reporters about his lack of opportunities in the previous two weeks, Golladay said that he respects the decision but doesn’t agree with it.
“Of course, I don’t really agree with it. Or like it,” Golladay said. “But I can only control what I can control, which is to come to work every day.”
“I should be playing regardless. That’s a fact,” he added.
The Giants’ new head coach Brian Daboll told reporters during the preseason that the snaps are up for grabs regarding the wideout position and has stayed true to his words so far. Ex- seventh-round pick Richie James is currently leading all Giants players in receiving with 10receptions for 110 yards, while former undrafted free agent WR David Sills V if the team’s fourth-most productive receiver. In comparison, Kadarius Toney, first-round pick in 2021, has no yardage so far in the season.
Kenny Golladay landed with the Giants ahead of the 2021 season, inking a four-year, $72 million deal. His first season in New York was marked with inconsistency and injury struggles as he only managed 37 receptions on 76 targets for 521 yards. Golladay previously played for the Detroit Lions, where he had two 1,000+ yards seasons and was a Pro Bowler.