The New York Giants continued their impressive start under new head coach Brian Daboll with a 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. The win gives the Giants a 2-0 record, but after the game there’s a bit of uncertainty surrounding a Giants player.
Wide receiver Kenny Golladay saw little action and fell out of the pecking order. He recorded zero receptions on zero goals after catching two passes in Week 1.
Corresponding Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, Golladay’s locker was empty when the postgame media arrived after the 15-minute post-game cooling off period. The veteran receiver wasn’t present in the dressing room either.
Daboll told reporters after the game that Golladay’s limited snaps were the plan for the game. He said they plan to roll players in the wide receiver position.
“It will be a continuous competition,” said Daboll. “(Kadarius Toney) had chances today. We’ll see what it is next week. Maybe it’s (Darius) Slayton, maybe it’s more like KG. We’ll see where we go with that, but I think we’ll just keep rolling that position and play against the guys that we think would give us the best chances this week.
After signing a lucrative four-year, $72 million deal with the Giants in 2021, the veteran receiver is on the downside and it doesn’t seem like things are getting any better.
The Giants were missing fullbacks Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari for the second game in a row. Aaron Robinson was out on Sunday after undergoing midweek appendectomy.
And it didn’t matter.
Baker Mayfield finished with just 145 yards, one touchdown, and a 48.3% completion rate. DJ Moore and Robby Anderson only had six receptions together. Christian McCaffery totaled 128 scrimmage yards but not recorded a touchdown.
New York’s high school kept Carolina’s offense in check. Rookie Cor’Dale Flott started at the border opposite Adoree’ Jackson instead of Robinson. While Flott conceded a touchdown from Mayfield to Moore in the third quarter, there were no other glaring errors from the rookie.
Don “Wink” Martindale must be pleased with the results from New York as they were also without Leonard Williams, who departed in the third quarter and did not return with a knee injury.
In last week’s win, the Giants rode the coattails of Saquon Barkley, who notched 194 total yards against the Titans.
This week, the Giants couldn’t find their best offense player. New York averaged just 60 total offensive yards in 26 offensive games, including zero rushing yards in the first half. Daniel Jones also had a near-clear pick-six interception, which was dropped. However, the offensive found spark on their second drive in the third quarter and sprinted down the field for a touchdown.
For the season, Jones has passed 364 yards on the season, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt, 5.17 air yards per attempt. He has thrown three touchdowns and one interception with a 70.9% completion rate.
For the second straight week, it was a defensive showdown — which could potentially be the Giants’ theme for 2022.