Kenny Golladay on staying engaged: I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror if I checked out

NFL: JAN 01 Colts at Giants
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Giants receiver Kenny Golladay complained earlier this season about a lack of playing time. Now, he’s a quiet contributor who has accepted his role, whatever that is.

Golladay played only four snaps Sunday, but he left an imprint with a crushing block on Vikings cornerback Duke Shelley that knocked out Shelley’s mouth guard. It sprung Saquon Barkley for a 10-yard catch-and-run.

“I think it’s all attitude at the end of the day,” Golladay said Wednesday, via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “It’s a little different when you’re used to going out there making a whole bunch of plays. They normally cover the catches that you make.

“[But] me being in the position I am, anything good I do I think will be highlighted a little bit. And what’d I get four snaps last game? Out of those four, hopefully I am able to just leave my little stamp on it any little way. That’s all I can really do.”

The Giants’ previous regime signed Golladay to be a No. 1 receiver, giving him a four-year, $72 million deal in free agency before the 2021 season. The new coaching staff isn’t playing Golladay like even a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver, much less a No. 1.

Golladay’s 261 offensive snaps was sixth among the team’s receivers, and seven other wideouts on the team had more receptions than his career-low six and more receiving yards than his career-low 81.

He sounded off in Week 2 when he initially was benched, but since, Golladay quietly has done his job and whatever the Giants have asked. It could have gotten ugly. It didn’t.

“As far as checking out, I take a lot of pride in what I do,” Golladay said. “I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror to just be checked out. I’ve got a lot of football left. The last name on my back, I take a lot of pride in that. That’s kind of what it boils down to. And then [it’s for] these guys in the locker room.”

Golladay has only $4.5 million in guaranteed money left on his deal, so his time with the Giants is coming to an end. It would have ended already if not for the $17.5 million in guaranteed money he had this year.

As long as he’s here, Golladay vows to do his part, whatever that is.

12 responses to “Kenny Golladay on staying engaged: I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror if I checked out

  1. You’re gonna need more than a good block & a miracle catch to keep it close this weekend. 34-23 eagles

  2. If the Giants are to win against Philly, they need to pull out all the stops and try to throw to this guy. Slayton aint scaring anyone and they need all the playmakers they can to pull the upset. Can Daboll give him a chance with the season on the line?

  3. His unselfish behavior is commendable. His leadership in interviews is a good role model for his young teammates. I wish him the best in whatever he does next. Hopefully he has a few more contributions this week.

  4. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants put Golladay out there as a starter to throw off the Eagles defensive plans. A big playoff game by Golladay will certainly raise his stock a notch, and the Giants could be able to trade him instead of cut him.

  5. Voiced his frustration, then sucked it up and did what was asked. These days, that’s pretty good. Not his fault he didn’t live up to what Gittleman expected… and it sure was a pretty block.

  6. He had 2 decent seasons in Detroit (65 & 70 catches) that don’t justify the contract the giants gave him. No issue to the guys that earn this size of contract, he’s not one of them.

  7. This isn’t the song he was singing at the start of the 2022 season up until the trade deadline 😂

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