Daniel Jones finally gets his Giants catch monster from Kenny Golladay.
For all of Big Blue, but particularly for Daniel Jones, today will feel like Christmas.
Golladay, Golladay, Golladay, Golladay
Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge made a brilliant, wide grab.
Danny’s Dimes have a nice, big goal here.
For Kenny Golladay, this is a huge deal.
Jones and the Giants have changed everything with their four-year, $72 million, $40 million guaranteed deal.
Jones now has a better than even chance of having a breakthrough, breakout season with the Battling Joe Judges… if his young offensive line can keep him healthy… if offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is able to bring together a quarterback-friendly offense… and if Golladay, 27, will stay on the field longer than he did last season with the Lions, when he was hampered by a hip flexor injury.
Yeah, there are a lot of ifs. But Golladay receiving the medical green light from Giants doctors is a hip, hip, hooray for Jones and the Giants, and it immediately filled 1925 Giants Drive and beyond with Golladay cheer.
So Jones won’t just be reuniting with Saquon Barkley.
He’ll be greeted by a 6-foot-4 contested-catch monster and long-range threat.
Golladay said, “I kind of want to evolve with [Jones].” “I’m still improving as a player, and I think me and him have a lot of potential.”
In 2020, Jones threw 11 touchdown passes. Is it any surprise that he’s contacted Golladay?
Golladay said, “He just said how good of a player he thought I was, and I pretty much said the same thing about him.” “He also just said, ‘We’re trying to do something amazing here,’ which is exactly what I’m about.”
“He’s been a big-time playmaker in this league,” Jones said of Golladay in a tweet. I’m looking forward to getting out on the field and working with him.”
There’s no Catch-22 here. Once Leonard Williams pulled off his heist and Golladay’s price dropped to fit inside the Giants’ cap room, this was a step that had to be made.
Since he is quiet and humble, the anti-diva recipient, he is a culture boy. In the run game, he’ll even block.
If Golladay will prove to be Gettleman’s Plaxico Burress… without the Glock… Jones would have a better chance to be Gettleman’s Eli Manning.
Consider this: from 2005 to 2008, Eli Manning threw to 6-5 Burress and 6-3 Amani Toomer.
Last season, Jones threw to Sterling Shepard (5-10), Golden Tate (5-10), and Darius Slayton (6-1).
At 5-11, Odell Beckham Jr. was an outlier because he could slant the ball to the house and make one-handed catches. Manning was tossing to Beckham, 6-foot Victor Cruz, and Shepard the last time the Giants made the playoffs.
Having a young quarterback a target with a wide catch radius is the fastest way to increase his completion rate.
“He is a guy who has an intimidating physical presence,” Tom Coughlin said of Burress. And, since he has the potential to be a long-ball threat, he is a player who will make defenses pay close attention to where he is on the field. He’s a high-value prospect. He has the ability to catch the ball with his hands over his head, putting him way above most corners and safeties.”
“He’s very long, he’s big, he’s certainly — for some of the matchups that he can get into, he provides an advantage from that standpoint,” former Lions head coach Matt Patricia said of Golladay. He’s also a physically active person. He can play the big-man game at receiver, which is awesome. It also gives the quarterback a wide goal down in the red area, just from a catch-radius standpoint.”
Golladay has struggled with separation in the past, but he has two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and 11 touchdown catches in 2019. Giants cornerback James Bradberry will tell you about Golladay ripping out a possible interception and running with the ball for a first down.
“He’s a really explosive player, great hands, made some fabulous catches in games that we’ve seen this year and last year on the sideline and down the field,” Bill Belichick said of Golladay in 2018. Getting his feet in bounds and sprinting for the ball.”
For Gettleman, bigger is always better, and he has shown a fondness for the large receiver. He selected 6-5, 245-pound Kelvin Benjamin in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and 6-4, 236-pound Devin Funchess in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft as the Panthers’ general manager. Both had varying degrees of success.
Barkley catches and runs with the ball. Shepard is working from the slot. Even when he’s sealed, Golladay is available. The NFC Least will once again be up for grabs. Daniel Jones will have someone to reach out and catch it this time.