Kenny Golladay already dropping the ball for Giants rebound

Do the Giants have a Kenny Golladay problem? 

By the time the 2022 regular season opens, it will have been 17 months since Golladay and the Giants signed off on a four-year contract worth $72 million, $28 million of it fully guaranteed. The early returns on that investment are astoundingly poor. 

There is time for the 28-year-old Golladay to change the narrative. But, given what we know, what we saw in 2021 and what we are witnessing this summer, the likelihood that he will ever provide what Plaxico Burress or Amani Toomer — two former Giants who provided similar physically imposing targets — did in days gone by is exceedingly low. 

That Golladay failed to secure and catch a fairly well-thrown pass by Daniel Jones on the first series of the preseason opening 23-21 victory over the Patriots on Thursday night was frustrating and fitting and not a good look. 

It was third-and-6 from the New England 7-yard line. Golladay was split wide left and his in-cut route left him a yard shy of the first down, and two yards shy of the goal line. Again, frustrating and fitting. Runway models indulge in Haagen-Dazs more frequently than Golladay visits the end zone. His next touchdown will be his first with the Giants. 

Cornerback Malcolm Butler was a step away when Golladay reached down, stumbled and allowed the ball to hit off his hands and midsection. Sure, Jones’ pass was low, but he put it in a place where only his receiver could go down and get it. If Golladay had done what he is paid to do — catch the darn ball — Jones would have taken the Giants 75 yards for a touchdown and everyone would have felt good about the offensive debut for new head coach Brian Daboll. Instead, Golladay slid on the turf, failed to make the catch and the Giants settled for a field goal. 

Kenny Golladay
Kenny Golladay
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“Look, it always can be a little bit better and we can finish it a little bit better,’’ Daboll said Friday after reviewing that play and the entire game. “That’s the red zone, making tight throws, tight catches, you’d like the accuracy to be exactly where you want it. [Jones] put it kind of, a little bit low. We failed to convert on that. That’s part of the technique, the fundamentals that we’ll work on.’’ 

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