Giants’ Kenny Golladay plays just two snaps in new rock bottom

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Kenny Golladay will not find the end zone for the first time with the Giants since his new spot on the bench.

In what must be rock bottom for a $72 million free agent signing, a healthy Golladay played just two snaps on Sunday as the Giants beat the Panthers, 19-16, at MetLife Stadium. . He was among a group of players, including Julian Love after making a big game winner, who left the dressing room during the 15-minute cooling-off period before the media were allowed in.

“It’s an ongoing competition at receiver,” said head coach Brian Daboll. “We’re just gonna keep rolling guys [through the lineup] and play the guys who we think are going to give us the best chance – and the other guys have to be ready to play as substitutes.

A source told the Post early last week that the Giants plan to involve Kadarius Toney – who only played seven snaps in Week 1 – more involved in Sunday’s game plan, perhaps at Golladay’s expense. Then Toney aggravated a hamstring injury on Thursday to temporarily cloud the picture.

Kenny Golladay
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“I had more reps this game, so I got to see more different looks,” Toney said after finishing with two catches for zero yards in a heavier workload. “Get more involved and see what my real role is. Staff that we weren’t calling last week were called this week.

And that made Golladay a strange man. Golladay’s spot in the lineups technically went to David Sills, who had three catches for 37 yards in his third career game after three long years on the practice squad. Even Darius Slayton, who took a pay cut to avoid being cut at the end of the preseason and was inactive for the season opener, played a snap against the Panthers.

Sterling Shepard’s six catches (34 yards) and 10 targets were the best for an offense that averaged a paltry 5.1 yards per pass attempt.

“We have to do better on the pre-snap,” Shepard said of receivers. “Guys need to know where to go. Too many times, myself included, I went the wrong way. Then you look at the clock and we have to hurry, which throws the timing off a bit.

Kadarius Toney
Kadarius Toney had two receptions against the Panthers.
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He added: “Especially in our bedroom – it starts with me – we have a lot to work on.”

How did Golladay handle his demotion?

“Awesome,” Daboll said. “I told him during the week that we were going to leave with Sills. He acted like a pro. I said, ‘Get ready to go.’ Does that mean it’s gonna be [the same] next week? No. … It also takes a lot of mental toughness. It’s not an easy thing to hear. I appreciate that they are pros.

Golladay has 39 catches for 543 yards and no touchdowns in 16 games since signing a four-year free agency contract in 2021. His salary of $13 million this season equates to weekly game checks of $764,705, but Daboll has delivered on his promise that performance will be rewarded more than contracts and draft status.

“Everyone is a team player,” Toney said. “There’s never really any, ‘I’d rather be in it.’ As long as we win, I feel like everyone is happy here.

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