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Has Kenny Golladay Set His Career Back?

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By Andy Davies April 2, 2021 0 Comment
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Kenny Golladay is a New York Giant. After four seasons with the Detroit Lions, the wide receiver departed in free agency. He ended up choosing the Giants, but has Golladay set his career back with this move?

The Advantages Of Golladay Joining The Giants

Golladay instantly becomes the number one wideout. This is something that perhaps other teams could not guarantee him. The receiver will see lots of the ball as the go-to-guy for quarterback Daniel Jones. He is joining a team that grew in confidence during the 2020 season under first-year head coach Joe Judge.

The Giants started the season 1-7 before a 5-3 run down the stretch saw them end the season with a 6-10 record. There was room for optimism after the conclusion of the 2020 season. Defensively, there was room for optimism. Defensive end Leonard Williams finished the season with 11.5 sacks. Linebacker Blake Martinez recorded 151 total tackles; in the secondary, safety Jabrill Peppers deflected 11 passes while cornerback James Bradberry recorded 18.

This has helped ease the pressure off an offense that struggled. Golladay can go a long way in helping turn this offense around. Quarterback Daniel Jones threw for less than 3,000 yards in 2020, recording just 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He needs help. Wideout Darius Slayton recorded 751 receiving yards and just three touchdowns despite playing all 16 games. Sterling Shepard also recorded a measly three touchdowns along with 656 receiving yards. These two players were the best statistically in 2020, further strengthening the need for more offensive talent.

Some may argue that Jones is a shining example of how wide receivers can make quarterbacks. However, we saw how much an improvement Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen made after the addition of Stefon Diggs. Golladay can help unleash Jones’ potential, and with running back Saquon Barkley hoping to be healthy during the 2021 season, this can be a trio for the Giants franchise to rely upon.

The Disadvantages Of Golladay Joining The Giants

Kenny Golladay left the Lions after a year of mediocrity and below .500 seasons. He is joining a franchise that has only had one winning season since the 2012 campaign.

New York is a massive market for players, but neither the Giants nor Jets have had much success these past few seasons. General Manager Dave Gettleman has received plenty of criticism for some of his decision-making in recent times. Giants fans went into meltdown when they drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick in 2019 when he was seen as someone that the Giants could have selected with their second first-round pick at 17 overall. There is also the growing feeling that the Giants should have cut ties with franchise legend Eli Manning a year or two earlier.

The franchise appears set for numerous years of below-par seasons. It does beg the question as to why Golladay has moved to the Giants. Teams such as the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, and Cincinnati Bengals were rumored to be interested in Golladay. All three teams have brighter futures than the Giants, particularly Baltimore and Miami as well (albeit to a somewhat lesser extent). Perhaps he would be the signing to change all of this.

Despite this, Kenny Golladay seemed to have the pick of the bunch. Instead, he has potentially set his career back with this free agency move.

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