New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay received a lot of attention online after cameras caught him yelling toward quarterback Daniel Jones during Thursday night's loss to the Washington Football Team.
On Monday, Golladay clarified that his comments were not directed toward Jones but instead to Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
"It was pretty much just me talking to JG a little bit," Golladay told reporters. "That's two competitive guys right there, and more so just me wanting to do anything I can."
Thursday's loss to NFC East-rival Washington was particularly demoralizing for the Giants. After seemingly securing the win on a missed field goal by Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins, an offsides penalty gifted Hopkins a second chance that he converted to send New York to 0-2 on the season.
Golladay was held to three catches for 38 yards on just eight targets, with only one target in the fourth quarter. Through two games, he has seven receptions for 102 yards, not what he envisioned when he signed a four-year, $72 million contract in free agency this past offseason.
Golladay said he wasn't telling Jones or Garrett to get him the ball more. He explained that his emotions were running high because it was a division game and he "wanted to leave that spot with a win."
Jones said he didn't take offense to Golladay's sideline outburst.
"He was frustrated with the situation," Jones told reporters after the game. "I don't think it was to me or anyone in particular."
Before signing with New York, Golladay starred for the Detroit Lions. He was limited to five games in 2020 because of a hamstring injury, but the Giants felt comfortable paying him big money after his back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and 2019. The Giants hope Golladay can return to the form that saw him catch 11 touchdowns in 2019.
Giants receiver Sterling Shepard remains Jones' favorite option so far this season, leading the team with 16 receptions and 207 yards on 19 targets. Golladay ranks second with 14 targets.
It's the fifth season in a row that New York has started the season 0-2.