NEW YORK — Giants coach Brian Daboll brushed off the frustrations of wide receiver Kenny Golladay as any disruptive issue on Thursday.
“I’ve been in the NFL a long time, as you guys have,” Daboll said before practice. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of any team where someone’s not happy about something. I have a greater respect for Kenny. I’m glad he’s [un]happy that he didn’t play. It shows competitiveness. But he’s been a pro and we’ll see how it goes this week.”
Golladay was diligent as usual during Thursday’s practice. Then he watched film of his routes on an iPad in the locker room after.
Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka provided no clarity about why Golladay played only two snaps against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2, however.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked to be honest with you,” Kafka said. “He’s done a great job.”
That’s exactly the kind of “confusing” feedback Golladay said he doesn’t understand: he receives praise, then doesn’t play.
Daboll insisted Golladay is not in the dark.
“We have private conversations,” the coach said. “We have good conversations. We’re in a good spot.”
Kafka said he thinks he’s “in a good place with being on the same page” with Golladay.
“I got faith in Kenny,” Daboll said. “I got a good relationship with him. I’m sure for a player that’s 28 [years old], that’s not always the easiest thing. ... I think it’s a bigger thing than it really it is. We went with [David] Sills. KG’s working hard. We’ll see where it goes this week, and I have confidence in all the guys.”