Kenny Golladay came to the Giants with a reputation for compiling injuries and touchdowns.
So far, the 2021 scoreboard reads: Injuries 3, Touchdowns 0.
Golladay, who missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury and missed three games earlier this season with a knee injury, made three first-half catches before injuring his ribs and returning to the locker room Sunday in a 20-9 loss to the Dolphins. He was back on the field in the second half as the target of two incompletions, but head coach Joe Judge said the receiver “couldn’t” return for the final minutes.
“I kind of just felt like something popped,” Golladay said of his reaction after making his first catch. “I don’t think it’s too serious. Get treatment on it. I want to be out there with the team. So, I think it will just be day-to-day.”
Golladay said an X-ray showed “no cracked ribs or nothing like that.”
Kenny Golladay makes a catch during the Giants’ 20-9 loss to the Dolphins.
One impetus for the Giants firing Jason Garrett and installing Freddie Kitchens as offensive coordinator was trying to get more out of their $72 million prized free-agent signing.
Golladay, who averaged 67 receptions for 1,126 yards and eight touchdowns over his two mostly full seasons with the Lions, is on pace for career-lows across the board other than the two seasons he was limited to five games played apiece.
“Kenny plays with a lot of toughness and competitiveness,” Judge said. “And, when he’s out there, he obviously makes plays for us. Kenny is a guy we talk about all the time — it may look covered at some points [with] other receivers, but when that’s No. 19, don’t be afraid to feed it to him.”
The 6-foot-4 Golladay averages just 2 yards of separation on his routes, which is the fourth-lowest total among all qualified NFL receivers, according to NextGenStats. Against a blitz from the aggressive Dolphins, quarterback Mike Glennon floated a pass to a double-teamed Golladay in the end zone that wound up as an incompletion before the Giants settled for a field goal.
Asked what he was encouraged about after a dismal 250-yard offensive performance, Judge twice singled out, “saw Kenny make some big catches.” But that’s a different tone than when Judge seemed to be delivering a stern message to players on the sideline.
“Really just saying, ‘There’s a lot of ball left. Keep going. We’re not going to stop going to you guys,’ ” Golladay said of what he heard from Judge. “Just make sure no one is having their head down.”
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