New York Giants receiver Kenny Golladay said his outburst during Thursday night’s 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team was aimed at offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and not quarterback Daniel Jones.
Television cameras caught Golladay yelling on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of the NFC East battle. Jones was seen looking at Golladay during the incident.
“Pretty much just me just talking to (Garrett) a little bit,” Golladay told reporters on Monday. “That is two competitive guys right there. Moreso just me wanting to do anything I can. Not so much get me the ball more.”
Golladay was targeted eight times during the contest. He had three catches for 38 yards and also dropped a pass.
Golladay, who signed a four-year, $72 million deal with New York in the offseason, said his tantrum was out of character.
“I’ve never done anything like that either,” said the fifth-year pro, who was a Pro Bowl selection for the Detroit Lions in 2019. “Really just passion. Just being a competitor. I want to do anything I can to help the team and I let the emotions get the best of me.”
Second-year coach Joe Judge on Monday downplayed the situation, surely figuring his 0-2 team doesn’t need a distraction that the New York tabloids could have a field day with.
“You guys asked me the other night about Kenny, there was no argument on the sideline,” Judge said. “There was no him versus Daniel or anything of that nature. This is a guy that in the heat of the moment, you speak very passionately. You kind of speak with some emotion. I speak with emotion on the sideline. There was no blowup or anything that has to be made of it.
“I understand sometimes the perceptions will be what they are, but like I said the other day, there’s no issue there.”
Jones didn’t seem to dispute the incident in his comment to reporters.
“There’s lots of ways to communicate and we’ll work through it,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of emotions to the game and I certainly understand that. Me and Kenny have a great relationship and I know we can communicate and do what we need to do there. I appreciate his passion and emotion.”
Golladay has seven receptions for 102 yards this season for the Giants, who host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.
–Field Level Media