After a bye week, there was a new sense of optimism around New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Goladay. He hoped to contribute to the Giants’ playoff run, which has eluded him throughout his career.
It didn’t take long for that good vibe to disappear. Kenny Goladay was benched in the second half of the Giants’ 24–16 victory over the Texans in Houston. Golladay dropped what would be the first down completion with 1:37 remaining before half-time, the final goal of the day. A wide receiver, he finished the day with 0 catches on two targets.
To start the second half, coach Brian Dabor decided to go with Isiah Hodgins instead of Golladay. Daboll didn’t delve too deeply into his decision during the post-match press conference.
“We decided to play Isaiah. It’s as easy as that.”
As for what it means for the Giants to move from Golladay to the starting lineup, Davor was reluctant to go that far.
“I mean, it’s after one game,” Daboll said. “You never know what’s going to happen every week. Go out and have a good week of practice and do it every day.”
From Goladay’s perspective, I’m going to keep that comment to myself as to whether he should have played in the second half.
Golladay is clearly not happy with his situation.
“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” Golladay said.
With more statistical success on the Detroit offense, Golladay is no stranger to playing to a higher standard than he did in his first two seasons with the New York Giants.
“That’s absolutely unacceptable,” Golladay said in response to his play in today’s game. Given the circumstances of this season, Golladay sees this as the most challenging point in his career.
Kenny Goladay gave the same answer he always has when asked if he would still like to be in New York despite the fan booing and the downturn he’s been through.
Isiah Hodgins gave the Giants two catches for 41 yards, including a crucial 26-yard catch on third down, to sustain the drive leading to the Giants’ touchdown. Daboll has nothing to do with most of this roster, so he’s not afraid to play under a lesser-known name if he believes it gives the Giants the best chance to win. . How many more chances can Kenny Goladay get?