Kenny Golladay isn’t looking for a backdoor to his nightmarish season.
After appearing on the Giants’ injury report Wednesday and Thursday as a restricted practice participant due to a hamstring injury, Golladay stated that he was “all right” and ready to play against the Lions on Sunday. There was some thought that the injury could save the Giants from making a tough decision on whether or not to make their highest-paid player a healthy scratch against his former team after he dropped a pass and lost against the home team last Sunday in the second half. Texans on the couch.
“I’m ready for anything,” said Golladay, limping into the dressing room on Sunday when asked what role he expects to play.
At one time, Golladay led the NFL in receiving touchdowns (11 in 2019) for the Lions. Those were much happier – if less bountiful – times for Golladay, who has had four games without a catch and four missed games (knee injury) since Week 1.
“Definitely some good memories there,” Golladay said. “It’s just like a regular race for me. I’m not all that into it [added motivation].”
Golladay has zero touchdowns in 19 games since signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Giants.
“If you find a home somewhere with a team and they want to re-sign you, great,” said Golladay. “But if you do everything right and get the chance to get into the market, that should be the wish of almost every player. It’s almost like being recruited again. They didn’t want me back. Hey, that’s cool. I signed here.”
Giants fans were booed last week when both passes towards Golladay were incomplete. But he still sees himself as the player he was at his peak.
“I never think less of myself,” said Golladay. “I still feel like I can do things like that. Making opportunities count when they come to you, that’s the bottom line. You always want to go out and make up for the mistake from last time.
Giants captains Julian Love and Graham Gano are auctioning experiences as part of MetLife’s “Inside the Huddle” initiative to raise money for at-risk youth. The online bidding runs through November 29 and supports the NYPD Foundation’s Harlem Giants and Far Rockaway Giants. MetLife will contribute $30,000 to matching funds.
Gano offers a four person stair class at the training facility. Love offers a game night – ping pong, cornhole and more – at the facility.
“I could play left-handed if the donation is big enough,” Love joked. “That’s my handicap that I’m giving away. It’s fun. To get the chance to play with an NFL player, I feel like I would jump at the chance as a kid. I encourage anyone who can give some money for this good cause to do so.”
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (hamstring) was demoted to a non-participant in practice. If he can’t play on Sunday, the Giants are left with Darius Slayton, Richie James, David Sills (inactive last game), Golladay and newcomer Isaiah Hodgins as receivers.
According to head coach Brian Daboll, Robinson and Golladay were both “tightened up from stretching a lot” during practice Wednesday.
LG Josh Ezeudu (neck) was added to the injury report. That created an opportunity for Shane Lemieux, a projected preseason starter who has yet to play due to a toe injury that landed him on injured reserve.
“Shane will gradually get more reps,” Daboll said.
DT Dexter Lawrence (back) and OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (sickness) were both upgraded to restricted participants. No status change for non-participant TE Daniel Bellinger (eye) or restricted participants S Dane Belton (clavicle), RT Evan Neal (knee), and OLB Jihad Ward (thumb).
Daboll said Neal was “moving a bit” but will likely miss his third game in a row on Sunday.