The New York Giants’ prized free agent signing is all about the playbook this year.
Kenny Golladay told reporters Tuesday that there is one thing he’s focused on in particular, heading into the 2021 NFL season.
“I pretty much say this every year, just still becoming a better all-around receiver and that’s hand, routes and this year it’s going to be playbook,” said the former Detroit Lions wide receiver. “And just getting all my alignments and assignments correct.”
When Golladay nails down that playbook, quarterback Daniel Jones should be the first one to be excited.
In fact, Golladay and Jones both spoke about their growing relationship on Tuesday.
“Me and Danny hooked up a few times outside of the facility ... that’s my boy. I can’t wait to just really work with him deeper in training camp and especially when the season starts,” said Golladay.
The former Pro Bowler said that he and Jones spent time together “a few times” during the offseason. Golladay said it was all about getting a feel for each other.
“It was actually all the receivers, chilling. You know, just bonding with the guys and going out there and working out,” Golladay said.
Jones had some glowing words for Golladay, who put up over 3,000 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons with the Detroit Lions.
“It’s been great working with Kenny so far, and you can tell he’s a true pro. He understands offensive football. He’s still obviously learning our system but you can tell he’s got a good understanding of football and where to be, kind of timing and understanding concepts,” said Jones.
“Obviously his talent and skill level, you can tell as soon as you can get on the field with him he’s a good player, smart player,” added Jones.
Jones said he and Golladay have had conversations about what worked well in Detroit, and what they could try doing in New York. But Jones said at the moment it’s more just about getting to know each other.
“We’re just now getting to work together,” said Jones. “Getting a sense for how he sees it, how I see it, how he wants the ball and where I can put it. I think those conversations come naturally when you get to know each other and working through a lot of things like we are right now.
Golladay also talked about how driven he is as the new guy in town, eager to prove himself on a brand new team. Here’s how he responded when asked if he needs to prove himself all over again.
“100 percent. This is just a new chapter in my life right now. I definitely feel like I have to go out there and prove to other people including myself, it’s different for me,” said the 27-year-old. “This is a whole different environment right now. So I’m just ready to accept the challenge and just ready to go to work.”
From the sounds of it, the positive chemistry is already beginning to build for Jones and the Giants’ new big-play threat.