The NY Giants played their first preseason game Thursday night in Foxborough, defeating the Patriots yet again, 23-21, thanks to Davis Webb’s game-winning drive that was capped off by Graham Gano’s buzzer-beating field goal.
While it was nice to see the Giants record a win, the preseason is all about sorting out who will make the Giants roster and who has earned themselves a spot as a contributor this season. While you have to take the players who performed well in the preseason opener with a grain of salt, because they played against the Patriots 2’s and 3’s, it is fair to have concern about the players who struggled against that level of competition. Here are four players who disappointed in the Giants preseason opener.
4. WR Kenny Golladay
The list of disappointing players for the Giants has to start with Kenny Golladay. Last offseason, ex-Giants dreadful general manager Dave Gentleman signed Golladay to a four-year, $72 million contract. While there is plenty of time for Golladay to turn it around with the Giants, the first year was disastrous. Golladay caught less than 50 percent of the passes thrown to him a season ago and scored zero touchdowns.
The start to the 2022 season was not ideal for Golladay. After not being able to gain any separation on Patriots backup cornerback, Terrance Mitchell, on a deep ball thrown by Daniel Jones, Golladay dropped a pass from Jones that could have potentially been a TD.
As Brian Daboll noted, Jones did throw that ball a little low. However, Golladay has to haul that ball in. After all, Golladay ranks in the top five of wide receiver salaries in the NFL in 2022 and it is time he starts living up to that.