Kenny Golladay played a second straight preseason game with no statistics to show for it, leaving many to wonder if he will have a role on the Giants in the regular season and leading coach Brian Daboll to temporarily suggest that his roster spot could be in jeopardy.
“All those receivers are competing,” Daboll said. “Kenny has had a good camp. Joe [Schoen, the general manager] and I will sit back and we’ll talk about everybody.”
Daboll later clarified that he did not mean to suggest that Golladay is on the chopping block, but he refused to say for certain that he will be on the team come 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The idea of cutting Golladay is a non-starter. Because of his onerous contract, he would cost more against the salary cap this season as a former Giant than he would as a Giant. Trading him would be difficult. The Giants might wind up keeping him on the team; then the question would become how much and in what capacities they will utilize him.
The wide receiver has done himself few favors in the preseason games. On Sunday against the Jets, he was targeted once on a pass that was intercepted. More alarmingly, he gave what appeared to be lackluster effort while blocking on a run by Matt Breida on the opening drive (Daboll said he did not notice anything watching that play live but will take a look at the tape).
“He’s done a good job with what we’ve asked him to do. He’s competed, he’s played multiple spots for us and he’s continued to learn the offense,” Daboll said. “I know numbers and catches and all that, I got all that, but he’s done what we’ve asked him to do.”
Notes & quotes: LB Austin Calitro made a strong case for a spot on the team with an interception returned for a 35-yard touchdown in the first half. “I feel like I put my best foot forward,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.” TE Daniel Bellinger and DL Jalyn Holmes left the game with concussions . . . The Giants likely will begin paring down their roster with some cuts on Monday followed by the final moves on Tuesday.