Giants Sign Kenny Golladay: Following the departure of names like O’dell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz, the New York Giants have lacked weapons on offense other than star-running back Saquon Barkley. All of this changed over the weekend as the Giants agreed to terms with former Lions receiver Kenny Golladay on a 4 year $72 million deal.
Golladay, just 27 years old is an immediate upgrade to the Giants wide receiver room and will immediately come in and be quarterback Daniel Jones No. 1 target.
The Giants offense battled injuries in 2020 losing Saquon Barkley for the season with a torn ACL, but Golladay battled his injuries as well playing in just 5 of 16 games for the Lions.
Giants Continue to Spend Big
The New York Giants entered the 2021 offseason with glaring needs at some key positions. The addition of Golladay on a massive contract came after the Giants started free agency by locking up defensive lineman Leonard Williams with a three-year $63 million deal and additionally to the signing of cornerback Adoree Jackson to a three year $39 million deal.
With signings like these, the Giants have shown that they are not afraid to be aggressive in free agency to fill key holes before the NFL draft.
By spending a ton of money this offseason the Giants expect to have a much better team than they did a year ago. In 2020 the Giants finished the season 6-10 after beginning the year 0-5.
With teams like the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys in the division, the Giants must continue to improve and not fall behind.
Golladay and Slayton offer Dynamic Duo to Jones
With the addition of Kenny Golladay to the Giants, New York is beginning to provide quarterback Daniel Jones with a host of weapons on offense. Golladay instantly complements wide receiver Darius Slayton who has been one of Jones’ favorite targets since coming into the league two years ago.
Golladay remains a better receiver than Slayton, but in two seasons as a Giants Slayton has totaled 1,491 receiving yards on 98 receptions and 11 touchdowns.
No matter what the addition of Golladay is an immediate upgrade to the Giants’ wide receiver room and no doubt Daniel Jones cannot wait to take the field with his new weapon on offense.
Golladay in Detroit
As a member of the Detroit Lions Golladay made one pro bowl in four seasons. Since coming into the league he has been a member of some really bad Detroit Lions teams that never seemed to give former quarterback Matthew Stafford the help he needed to perform at a high level. Stafford and Golladay have very good chemistry and he evolved into his go-to target.
At 6’4” Golladay is a big physical wide receiver that can go up and catch almost any pass. Throughout his four-year career in Detroit Golladay put up a total of 3,068 receiving yards on 183 receptions and 21 touchdowns.
Giants Offense in 2020
In 2020 the Giants entered the season with former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett taking over as offensive coordinator under new head coach Joe Judge.
The Giants were without star-running back Saquon Barkley, but their offense was atrocious. In 2020 the giants ranked at the bottom of the league in most important statistical categories including points for yards, passing touchdowns, and passing yards.
Barkley is a running back and the Giants passing game ranked awfully in 2020 meaning he has an impact in the passing game, but he does much more running than receiving. The addition of Golladay will help the Giant offense immensely.