Giants' Kenny Golladay focused on building chemistry with Daniel Jones on the field: 'That's my boy'

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Kenny Golladay and Daniel Jones during Giants practice
Kenny Golladay and Daniel Jones during Giants practice

When Kenny Golladay signed with the Giants, everyone knew who his new best friend would be on the team: Daniel Jones. I mean, it is kinda forced between new No. 1 receivers and the franchise quarterback, right?

This early relationship is anything but forced, though, as Golladay and Jones have developed a friendship well before mandatory minicamp kicked off on Tuesday.

“That’s my boy,” Golladay told reporters via Zoom after a scorching-hot practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Facility in East Rutherford. “I can’t wait to really work with him deep in training camp and everything, especially when the season starts.”

“It’s been great working with Kenny so far,” Jones added. “You can tell he’s a true pro. He understands offensive football, he’s still obviously learning our system, but you can tell he’s got a good understanding of football and where to be – timing and understanding concepts. He’s been fun to work with. Obviously his talent and skill level, you can tell as soon as you get on the field with him. He’s a good player, smart player and I’m excited to keep working with him.”

Golladay said that he and Jones “actually hooked up a few times outside the facility” to continue building their relationship on and off the field. Those sessions are crucial for any new player joining a new team.

It’s good to hear these sentiments from both sides because their connection on offense this season will be crucial for New York to win more games.

However, Golladay needs to learn the offense through and through first, which Jones alluded to. And the 6-foot-4 wideout is already diving head first into the playbook to make sure he’s acclimated with it by the time training camp rolls around.

“As of right now, I’m just trying to get this playbook all the way down so I can play more comfortable,” he said, adding that doing so leads to more trust from Jones and coaches.

What Golladay offers Jones in the passing game this season is something he really hasn’t had in three seasons: A true No. 1 with good size, skill and production. His frame is perfect to go up and get any ball, and when healthy, Golladay’s numbers – 1,190 yards, 11 touchdowns in his last full season in 2019 – say it all.

So, by the sounds of it, Jones is already realizing what Golladay’s strengths will be for him this year.

“He's a big target that's had a lot of success in this league going up and catching balls over guys and winning those contested catches. That's something you can tell as soon as you get on the field,” Jones said.

For those opportunities to arise, Jones and Golladay will have to work on building that chemistry every day from now until Week 1 rolls around. And honestly, the real chemistry comes on gameday when those throws and catches are made to build a rhythm.

“We’ve had those conversations,” Jones said about being in sync with Golladay. “We're just now starting to work together, feel those things out, get a sense for how he sees it, how I see it, how he wants the ball and where I can put it. I think those conversations come naturally when you're getting to know each other and working through a lot of things like we are right now."