PFF aren’t crazy about the Kenny Golladay signing
The New York Giants made two big signings to beef up their wide receiving corp this offseason in John Ross and Kenny Golladay over the past week.
Pro Football Focus is grading every team’s free agent signings. When it comes to Golladay, the Giants were given an “average” grade. Here’s what they wrote:
Golladay is coming off three straight seasons with a PFF grade of at least 79.9, combining for a 86.2 grade since 2018 that ranks 18th at the position among qualifiers. He appeared in just five games this past season, but despite that, Golladay still ranks fourth in receiving yards on passes 20-plus yards downfield over the past three seasons (1,072). His 53 contested catches over that same stretch are fewer than only Allen Robinson II. He’s one of the best “go up and get it” receivers in the league, which should help out Daniel Jones entering his third year.
This is a strong deal for him coming off injury, but it doesn’t stand out as an egregious overpay on the part of the Giants, either. The $18 million average per year puts Golladay just outside the top five wide receivers in the league, and the $40 million guaranteed sits just outside the top 10 at the position.
I’m not sure how signing Golladay is only average. Reading what PFF wrote certainly sounds like they didn’t overpay for him and they filled a huge need by acquiring a top-end receiver.
When it comes to signing former the top-10 pick, Ross, PFF gave the Giants an “above average” grade.
There is no way to classify this move as anything other than a flier on a former top-10 draft pick. And it’s not a bad deal at this price point. Every NFL offense could use more speed, and if nothing else, Ross has that. The former Washington Huskies wideout lit the NFL combine on fire with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash that remains the fastest in the event’s history. That speed hasn’t come close to equaling production, though.
Ross has struggled with both injuries and drops across his four years in the league. He flashed potential during the 2019 season with 100-yard outings in each of the Bengals’ first two games that year, but that’s all there is to work with — flashes. The Giants still need a true No. 1 option in the passing game, but adding a 26-year-old Ross into the mix with Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton on a cheap one-year deal in the hopes he can remain healthy and put it all together isn’t a bad bet.
I think “above average” is fair for Ross because he still has to prove that he can stay healthy and live up to being a former first round pick.
Overall, I love how the Giants have improved their offense this offseason. Signing tight end Kyle Rudolph is another really good move. By the way, PFF gave them an “average” grade for that signing as well.
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