Unhappy Kenny Golladay won’t rule out trade request after ‘confusing’ Giants benching

Giants receiver Kenny Golladay said Wednesday that he strongly disagreed with last Sunday’s benching in a win over the Carolina Panthers.

“I didn’t like the decision whatsoever,” the receiver said at his locker after practice. “Even people on the team really was kinda like, ‘What’s goin’ on?’”

Golladay said he didn’t understand why he was relegated to two snaps, either.

“The GM, head coach, all these coaches: They keep saying, ‘You do everything right. You handle yourself the right way,” he said. “So it’s a little confusing.”

That is why Golladay would not rule out the possibility of asking for a change of scenery if this continues. He is getting $17.75 million guaranteed from the Giants to watch from the sideline.

“We’re gonna see how it goes,” he said. “I mean, I came here to play. I’m pretty sure they’re also paying me to play. I guess they want to see more, I guess, or get whatever situated on their end. I’ll keep on doing what I gotta do as far as coming in each day.”

He seemed to think he might be a bigger part of this week’s game plan for Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at MetLife Stadium.

“I think [my role] is gonna probably be a little different,” he said. “I still really don’t know.”

If his benching is due to lack of production, it didn’t seem Golladay was told that. He made two comments about how the front office and coaching staff allegedly are telling him one thing and doing another. Also, he gave an icy answer about whether this situation will affect his relationship with the coaching staff.

“It is what it is. It’s a business,” he said. “I’m not here to be friends with coaches. They’re just co-workers to me.”

Golladay and GM Joe Schoen fist-bumped and spoke briefly on the field during the individual portion of Wednesday’s practice. Golladay said they’d spoken about the benching.

“A little bit,” he said. “That’s between me and him.”

Head coach Brian Daboll implied on Monday that Schoen has a role in determining the gameday roster.

“Joe and I collaborate on pretty much everything in our building,” Daboll said, when asked about sitting Golladay. “Something we want to create is as competitive of a team as we can. And regardless of where you’re drafted, how you got here, how much money you make, we believe everybody goes out there and competes and we play the guys that earn the right to play that week.”

Daboll said wideout David Sills had earned the playing time that Golladay lost. Sills’ snaps skyrocketed from 27 in the season opener to 67 last Sunday. Golladay’s playing time plummeted from 46 to two.

“I’ll just say David Sills has done a good job,” Daboll said. “He’s done a good job and he’s earned some of his playing time. And each week is a competition.”

Golladay said Daboll told him the benching was coming prior to the Panthers game and Golladay “accepted what he said.”

“It wasn’t an argument back and forth,” Golladay said. …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


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