Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay hope Giants changes spur seasons

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Two of the Giants’ most important – if underperforming – offensive arms were praised on Friday by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, but Saxon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay discussed the changes they are looking to make starting with Sunday’s game against the Eagles. expecting or expecting.

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Goladay has not scored any touchdowns this season and has just 22 receptions on 34 goals in seven matches he has played since signing a $72 million four-year deal via free agency.

“To be honest, just more opportunities, period. Any way I can help the team, that’s what I really want, so of course I need more opportunities,” said Goladay. , I am approaching this with an open mind and going into it as I go every week.

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“When the ball is coming [No.] 19, I have to play now. [I] Certainly more chances are expected, but when the ball comes to me, I have to make it. Even if I don’t have a lot of opportunities, I still have to make the most of those opportunities.”

Saxon Barkley (left) and Kenny Golladay (right) both try to turn their seasons around after the firing of Jason Garrett.
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Asked if he was disappointed by the lack of goals in his first season with the Giants, the five-year-old NFL veteran replied: “I’m just going to keep that comment to myself.”

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Barkley (ankle) is listed as a suspect for Sunday’s game against the Eagles after receiving 12 touches (six escape attempts and six receptions) after losing to Tampa Bay on Monday. After appearing in each of the Giants’ first five matches following a season-ending knee surgery in 2020, he had missed the last four matches with a sprained ankle.

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018, Barkley has just 381 yards from scrimmage (220 rushing) in six appearances this season. He said the coaching staff has sought input from skill players on this week’s game plan, specifically what games they like to play and which they think will give them the best chance of winning against Philadelphia.

“Obviously, you want play calls designed to set you up and put you in the best position possible. But sometimes, it’s just the NFL, and those guys are good there, too. making,” Barkley said. “Sometimes that’s just how the game goes.

“To me, and from what I’m telling people, obviously it sucks that JG got fired, let him go. But it’s easier to point a finger. Sometimes a thumbs up has to be shown [at yourself], We have to realize that we are equally accountable. The reason for that decision was that we weren’t scoring points or making plays, and at the end of the day, that’s on us too.

Golladay also said that the players take responsibility for Garrett’s ouster. Head coach Joe Judge still hasn’t announced whether he or interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchen will call most plays against the Eagles.

“My mindset is just to stay positive, to be honest. Excited about this weekend. Excited every weekend to have a chance to play and be out on the field. My mindset is just getting positive,” Goladay said. “I really can’t speak for other people. As far as I’m concerned, I loved Jason Garrett.

“Things I think didn’t work out and we had to make a change. But Jason Garrett said in my book, As a Guy, I Love That Guy, to be honest… I think We’re still going to drive the stuff that we know and do well. At this point in time, I think it’s about getting the right people in the right places.”

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