Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay
Q: Seem like you made some plays today, was that a good practice for you?
A: Yeah, today was cool on and off the field.
Q: How do you look at your training camp overall so far?
A: Really just coming to work every day, I'm really going out there picking little things for me to get better at, and just going out there working hard each and every day.
Q: You said on and off the field, how cool is it to see the surprise Giants Ring of Honor?
A: It was really dope, definitely for (Head Athletic Trainer) Ronnie (Barnes). Shout out to Ronnie.
Q: Have you heard of any of those other players?
A: Not really.
Q: I mean you're too young for them, some of those guys are around a little bit maybe, but you don't really know them.
A: Yeah, maybe one of them.
Q: Is that what you were talking about on and off the field or was there something else that made you say that?
A: I'm confused. I don't know what you're talking about.
Q: You said it was cool on and off the field, right?
A: On the field as far as getting our work done on and back off the field getting our bodies right. Yeah, my bad.
Q: (Head Coach Brian) Daboll was talking to you during warmups, what kind of stuff did you guys discuss?
A: He was really just talking to me and (Wide Receiver) Wan'Dale (Robinson) about some plays that we were going to do that he wanted us to get a look at.
Q: How important is this season for you to prove again that you're a number one receiver in this league?
A: I'm not just going to talk about me as far as how important it is to me; I think it's important for everyone. We've got new coaches and a new offense; I think everyone is going to probably come into this season with a little chip on their shoulder. Even from the coaching standpoint, everyone is going to come in with that edge to try and meet the expectations.
Q: You are obviously a proven player in this league, you've had success already. When I brought something to Brian Daboll before, he said "you're competing, everyone's competing" just the same regardless of how much you're making and what you were brought here to do. How much do you view it that way, or how do you feel?
A: I compete with myself, with everybody. When I go out there and see Wan'Dale, (Wide Receiver Kadarius Toney) KT, (Wide Receiver David) Sills (V), (Wide Receiver Darius Slayton) Slay make a catch, I'm competing with those guys. When they make a play, that urges you to go out there and want to make a play, that type of stuff excites me. When the defense goes out there and makes a play on the ball, line it back up, kind of like my lick back almost. So, when he says every day is a competition, I would say that is a fact. When I step on that field, I'm competing each and every play.
Q: Kenny how do you balance, you're a competitor obviously but, when you don't have things go your way obviously you want to show the coaches you're still good at this. But this is a new system you're learning, how do you balance being forgiving of yourself if a mistake is made versus coming down on yourself?
A: First off, I'm my biggest critique pretty much so, other people that say anything about me, they're not going to be harder than I am on myself. But I think it's really just coming into work with that hard hat on every day and just keeping your head down, and trusting the process and just grinding.
Q: Have Giants seen the "real" Kenny Golladay yet?
A: No, I wouldn't say so. Maybe I probably showed glimpses last year in New Orleans a little bit, I definitely would say I got a lot to prove, not just everybody else. I would say to myself I'm always in a daily competition with myself, just trying to better myself each and every day.
Q: Is that frustrating for you that you came here with big expectations and not produce the level that people have seen?
A: It was definitely frustrating, but that was pretty much last year, you know? It's a clean slate, kind of flush that and build from it.
Q: The reason that Daboll said that about the competition thing was because I asked him, what does he make of the previous two days of you catching balls in live drills and practice? So, I guess what he makes from that because your obviously a proven player and what his expectations are. It doesn't matter if you make 10 – 15 catches. So I'm curious what do you make of it when you don't catch balls in live drills, does it bother you?
A: Me being the competitor that I am, I kind of just look at it as a challenge. I'm pretty sure you probably know some receivers out here, when they don't get a ball in practice, you can kind of see it with the body language. So, I accept that as a challenge, and just figure out other ways that I can pop at least on the tape. If that's me blocking 30 yards downfield, that backside block so (Running Back) Saquan (Barkley) can go, or me blocking for Wan'Dale, or me just winning the 1-on-1 matchup I have, but I didn't get the ball. You just have to pick out little battles within the play and just keep going.
Q: Is it a bad day if you don't have any catches, or can it still be a productive day for you without making actually making catches?
A: I want to go into practice and make a catch, I'm not going to lie. I'm not going to say it was a bad day for me, but it goes back to just picking out the positive from it. But I do want to make catches during practice.
Q: It was a bit unusual to see you fire that ball.
A: I was pissed. I went down there and grabbed it, and (Cornerback) Adoree' (Jackson) just came and made a play and made it into a little fumble. So, yeah, I was pissed because it would've been a big completion for us.
Q: Kenny, how much has the new coaching changed technique or anything that you've done in the past, and how different is it; And how much does it take getting used to all of that?
A: I wouldn't say necessarily too much technique, more so you've just got to be a smarter player with this offense. There's a lot of moving parts as far as different guys in different positions. If you can play multiple positions, you can be on the field a lot of the time.
Q: You say you're your hardest critique. What do you see about your own game that you're unsatisfied with last year going into this year?
A: Well, I'm not going to talk about last year, but just as far as training camp and me coming down making those 50/50 balls. I pride myself on just catching the ball period to be honest. I would say just going back and looking at little stuff I could do better. I'm the type of person whenever my number is called, I just want to make the play.
Q: Kenny you said that you're learning new positions in this offense, is it stuff you've never done before or just stuff you haven't done in a long time?
A: I wouldn't say stuff I've never done before, more so when I say just being a smarter player, one play I could be playing this position, next play I could be playing something totally different. So, I've got to erase out my mind me playing one position to play this next position.
Q: So it's a position that you've never done before? I just want to be clear on that.
A: More so just the concept.
Q: Kenny there was a play in the preseason game down near the goal line, it looked like you came off the line and I was wondering rather you were trying to get the guy to fall asleep a little bit by not breaking out of the routes fast and then cutting across. It seemed like the ball was there or is it just a drop or what?
A: I definitely wish I would've come up with it. It's something that we definitely talk about as far as just the route itself. I want to say Wan'Dale at three, (Wide Receiver) Collin (Johnson) at two, and I was outside. Kind of trying to take my time a little bit for those guys, but at the end of the day I have to make the play.
Q: Kenny, do you feel like you're a little extra bounce this year? I just feel like you're enjoying it more, and that it's more comfortable, do you feel that way in practice?
A: Definitely, like I said today we were on and off the field. We went pads two straight days and the past couple of days. Today he (Dabs) wanted us to go out there and get our bodies moving but at the same time good competition, and that's all you can really ask for in a coach. You give him two hard days and you come back and kind of returns the favor a little bit.
Q: Do you think enjoying it sometimes might lead to even productivity, it adds to something like if you're happy and you're rolling along.
A: Definitely, when you step out there on the football field with a good mindset, it can go pretty well for you.