New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay took just two snaps in Week 2 and that wasn’t something that sat well. He expressed his frustrations through the media, demanding a larger role moving forward.
In Golladay’s mind, he was owed more of an opportunity.
“I should be playing regardless. That’s a fact,” Golladay told reporters last week.
On Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, Golladay got his wish. He saw an increased offensive role and with the game on the line, quarterback Daniel Jones looked his way.
Golladay responded with a huge drop, costing the Giants a first-down with just 8:30 remaining in the game. Instead, Big Blue was forced to punt, giving Dallas quality field position and an eventual three points.
The Giants weren’t able to rebound from there.
“Me just not looking it all the way in. Me just trying to make a play for the team and get up the field,” Golladay said, explaining his drop. “I was running before I really secured the ball. That’s pretty much all that that was. That’s stuff that can’t happen, especially when 8 is pretty much doing everything to get us the ball and to get us in position to win the football game. I want to be a guy that can make that play, so I definitely put that on myself. It was third down and that can’t happen.
“It’s very difficult. I’m beating myself up about it. I definitely wish I could have it back.”
What was in store for the Giants had Golladay made that catch is anyone’s guess, but Jones was making magic happen all game. The drop took the air out of everyone’s sails and breathed life into the Cowboys.
“Whenever they put me in, I’m going to be ready to go. I missed one opportunity, I wish I had it back, but at the end of the day, it’s a short week. We’re going to look at the tape, put this to bed, and get ready for Chicago,” Golladay said.
With Sterling Shepard likely lost for the season and both Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson still ailing, the Giants will have no choice but to rely on the $72 million Golladay further. But make no mistake about it, that will come as the result of necessity and not desire.