Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay
Q: How much of a 'what if' do you leave this season with knowing how little time you, (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley), Shep (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard), (Wide Receiver Kadarius) Toney and (Tight End Evan) Engram – the three top receivers, running back and tight end – were on the field together? It was hardly ever. Does that leave you with a 'what if'?
A: Yeah, of course. I came into the season saying that the expectations were high. The 'what ifs,' that's always valid, pretty much. That's all you can really say is 'what if.'
Q: You were in Detroit, you had some injuries there. Are the Giants any more cautious with injuries? Are they more hesitant, the trainers, doctors here to put you out if you're banged up than in Detroit? Or is it pretty standard across the league? I'm just curious if maybe they're a little wearier of reinjuries and that's why guys have a harder time getting on the field sooner.
A: I would just say – I've only been on two teams – I would just say it's standard.
Q: If they came to you this offseason and said, 'Hey, we know the offense was broken. What do you think we need to do to make sure it's fixed next year,' where would you start?
A: First off, I'm keeping that in-house. That's definitely something I would talk to (Head) Coach (Joe Judge) about and that would be between me and him.
Q: Do you think that's something that they would take your input on?
A: As of right now, we're just worried about Washington. When we get into the offseason, we'll talk about the offseason when it arrives.
Q: When you do some self-scouting and reflecting on your season, what do you think was the biggest issue and the biggest reason why you weren't able to find the end zone this year?
A: A lot goes into it – different personnel, as far as who's playing and who's not playing, including myself. Even in the personnel as far as coaching-wise. A lot goes into it. A lot goes into it to make a football team go.
Q: Where is your emotion at? Obviously, I don't think this is the type of year that you signed up for, not scoring a touchdown, going 4-12. Your first year here, where's your head at?
A: To be honest, me just looking back, I would just say just not good enough on my part. Not saying I was playing terrible or anything, but I expect more. Yeah, just not good enough.
Q: Your rookie year you missed a bunch of games and Kadarius has kind of gone through that too as a rookie. What advice can you give to him to help him bounce back from that? Obviously, rookie year is a big year for development and things like that, and he kind of missed out on a lot of that.
A: To be honest, I'm not even sure how many games he missed. I know as far as me, I missed early on in the year in my rookie year just with a hamstring. I want to say I missed about five games and I was able to finish the season out strong. He's been dealing with a lot. I was a third-rounder, he was a first-rounder, so he already had high expectations. I would just say stay the course. Stay the course. You're going to have an offseason this year – you know, last year he didn't really have an offseason. You're going from training for the Combine straight into rookie minicamp and that whole thing. Just focus on trying to learn his body more and just stay the course.
Q: (Wide Receivers Coach) Tyke (Tolbert) was saying the other day that maybe your open isn't the same as everybody else's open because you're such a high-point catch radius guy more so than a separation guy. I'm curious if you think the more time that you have with the same quarterback – (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones) in theory – that will change, guys will get more comfortable with you, throwing to you and realizing what your definition of open is? You obviously played with the same quarterback your whole time in Detroit and got more comfortable than you would have this year.
A: That's something else I kind of said early on, pretty much gaining his trust. If I'm not out there on the field or he's not out there on the field, there's only so much trust you can really get without him actually trying to force the ball to me. It's going to make him look bad. We don't have that same type of chemistry and him knowing and the coaches knowing that I would go up and make that play. It's easy to look and say, 'Yeah, he made a lot of those catches in Detroit,' but if I haven't made not one here then that's not a good play and you shouldn't do it.