Kenny Golladay joining the New York Giants this offseason was fantastic news for Daniel Jones and the rest of the team’s offense. The Giants were coming off yet another disappointing year in 2020 and desperately needed someone to rejuvenate their scoring proficiency.
Golladay was arguably the best wide receiver available in free agency. The Giants landing him is a significant get, even if it cost $72 million.
While the Giants have spent most of the offseason hyping up their new-look offense, it appears Golladay (and likely other members of the organization) aren’t expecting a hot start.
Kenny Golladay expects the New York Giants offense to get off to a slow start
During a recent media session with Giants reporters, Golladay took a moment to highlight that a lot of key players on offense have missed valuable practice time this summer. He expects a lack of familiarity to carry over into the team’s first few games.
“When I look in the huddle and see all those guys, I’m excited. But guys have been in and out of the lineup. We might be a little slow to get off,” said Golladay (Ralph Vacchiano).
Golladay spent the first four years of his NFL career catching passes from Matthew Stafford in Detroit. He’s never experienced the learning curve that comes with joining a new team via free agency. On top of that, Golladay has been battling a hamstring injury since August 3.
Golladay isn’t the only key Giants player who’s missed valuable practice time this summer, to make matters even worse.
Multiple Giants players are dealing with offseason injuries
During a follow-up report on Golladay’s comments, Pro Football Talk highlights just how hobbled the Giants’ offense has been this summer:
Darius Slayton, Kadarius Toney, and John Ross — who is now on injured reserve — also missed time at wideout, Saquon Barkley has been eased into practice after tearing his ACL, and tight ends Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph have also dealt with injuries.
Golladay sees a lot of potential in the group but acknowledged on Thursday that having so little time to work together in camp could lead to a rocky start to the season for the unit.Josh Alper, Pro Football Talk
Darius Slayton has been one of Daniel Jones’ favorite targets for the past two years. Kadarius Toney was the Giants’ first-round pick, and John Ross was another free-agent addition alongside Golladay. Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph make up the team’s starting tight end room, and of course, Saquon Barkley is looking to bounce back after missing most of 2020 due to injury.
Golladay is correct. This many key players missing practice is bad news for the Giants’ offense. A slow start should be expected, which is even worse news.
Kenny Golladay and the Giants can’t afford to get off to a slow start
While it’s understandable to expect a slow start dealing with so many injuries, the brutal reality is that Golladay and the Giants can’t afford to struggle out of the gate.
Their first six games are tough. It includes matchups with the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, and two divisional opponents (Washington Football Team, Dallas Cowboys).
If the Giants want to avoid beginning the year as the laughingstock of the NFC East, they need to find a way to put these offseason struggles behind them and come out firing.