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Kenny Golladay not looking back with new Giants’ ‘receiver-friendly’ offense



Kenny Golladay brushed off questions about his disappointing first season with the Giants like it almost never happened. 

There’s little statistical evidence to show that it actually did. 

Golladay unfathomably was not one of the 274 players across the NFL who scored a receiving touchdown last season — despite playing in 14 games and collecting the first $18.4 million on his four-year, $72 million contract. 

“It was disappointing, but a lot played a role in that,” Golladay said Monday as he tried to turn the page to the coming season. “Every offense wants to get off to a fast start, but to be honest we haven’t even been talking about last year.” 

One veteran executive added to the Giants front office this offseason has told others around the league that the size and structure of Golladay’s contract for the return on investment makes it the “worst” he has encountered in his career from a team perspective, multiple sources told The Post. 

In a push to add playmakers at then-head coach Joe Judge’s urging and with then-general manager Dave Gettleman thinking in the short-term, the Giants backloaded Golladay’s deal to fit under the 2021 salary cap, meaning he has the highest charge among their offensive players in 2022 ($21.1 million) and 2023 ($21.4 million). The Giants have the most 2022 cap-dollars invested at receiver among any NFL team, according to 

Kenny Golladay is leaving his rough first Giants season in the past.
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Just like that, Golladay went from being hailed as a third-round NFL draft steal who had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns during his third season with the Lions to being painted as a free-agent bust. Did the expectations created by the contract put too much pressure on his shoulders? 

“No, not at all,” Golladay said. “It was just a lot of different moving parts last year. That was last year.” 

Golladay, 28, missed most of last training camp with a hamstring pull that set the tone for an injury-plagued season. He never saw eye-to-eye with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett before an in-season change was made. The passing attack was non-functional in six games played with backup quarterbacks. 

All those factors have changed in the first year under head coach Brian Daboll’s “very receiver friendly” scheme. 

“First off, the offense is totally different,” Golladay said. “Coach is putting people in different positions at all times, keeping the defense guessing. It just gives you a lot of freedom. You don’t have to be so cookie-cutter or do what’s on the paper. You can go out there and kind of make the route your own.” 

In a rare highlight for the offense during Monday’s practice, Golladay made a catch in traffic during 11-on-11. But the most encouraging sign is that Golladay is part of the first-team offense’s chemistry building after he was in red jersey to signal limitations during spring workouts. He declined to reveal if that was because of a nagging or new injury. 

Kenny Golladay, right, speaks with Daniel Jones at Giants training camp.
Kenny Golladay, right, speaks with Daniel Jones at Giants training camp.
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“I think this year is a little bit better as far as just the training staff, strength staff and then coaching staff taking care of our bodies — and then us as players doing the right things on and off the field,” Golladay said. “I feel good. I’m in a good spot right now.” 

To make up for lost time, Golladay spent most of his offseason around New York so he could get in sync with quarterback Daniel Jones. 

“The receivers in our system have a lot to learn, a lot of different positions to play,” Daboll said. “And I just think that early on in camp when you’re thinking a little bit, there’s a lot of things going through your head. And maybe you don’t play as fast. That’s why we’ll give it another week or two, and things will settle down a little bit.” 

While Daboll’s offense has speedy receivers Wan’Dale Robinson and Kadarius Toney, running back Saquon Barkley and even Jones running in pre-snap motion, the 6-foot-4 Golladay isn’t fooling anyone. His job is to win contested jump balls on the perimeter. 

“I’m just my own player,” Golladay said. “I’ve got all the faith that Dabes is going to put me in the right position. I’ve just got to make plays. I’m pretty sure the defenses in the league know I’m not going to get an end-around or a reverse or anything like that.” 

Don’t entirely rule it out if it could get Golladay back in the end zone and give the Giants more bang for their buck.

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Artemi Panarin’s scoreless streak grows to 12 games in Rangers’ loss



Artemi Panarin has gone 12 straight games without a goal after failing to score in the Rangers’ stunning 4-3 loss to the reeling Oilers on Saturday afternoon at the Garden. The 12 games tied the longest scoring drought of the Russian wing’s NHL career.

Game 12 likely stung more than the previous 11, however, considering Panarin thought he had scored twice.

Panarin had one of his more active games of the season, in two of the three periods at least. In addition to assisting on Chris Kreider’s second-period tally, Panarin posted two shots on goal and one takeaway. Both of his shots came in the first period.

The first came on a power play. Panarin wired one home from the right faceoff circle and had a look of relief rush upon his face. But Edmonton challenged for offside and the goal was rescinded after the replay revealed that Panarin never fully crossed the puck into the offensive zone before Vincent Trocheck entered.

Artemi Panarin reacts during the Rangers’ loss to the Oilers.
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“Yeah, especially when I can’t score the last [11] games,” Panarin said when asked if he was frustrated. “Posts or something, always something. Just keep doing what I usually do. Try not to lose confidence. That’s the most important thing.”

Braden Schneider also had a goal negated after the Oilers challenged for goalie interference, which proved to be the case when replays showed Ryan Carpenter had made contact with Oilers goalie Jack Campbell in the blue crease.

Panarin later smacked a one-timer from the other faceoff circle and Campbell slid over to get in front of it just in time. It was unclear if the puck went in or not, so the refs got on the headsets with the situation room to give it a second look before it was officially deemed not a goal.

Panarin skated on the right wing of the top line next to Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider , similar to how the Rangers lined up at the end of their 3-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday and again in practice on Friday. That left Trocheck to center Jimmy Vesey and Barclay Goodrow. The Kid Line of Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko remained intact, while the fourth line featured Sammy Blais, Ryan Carpenter and Julien Gauthier.

Vitali Kravtsov was scratched for a seventh straight game despite taking part in warmups Saturday afternoon. Additionally, Libor Hajek replaced Zac Jones on the left side of the bottom defensive pair alongside Braden Schneider. Jones had played in the previous three games and seemed primed to get a run in the lineup, as Hajek already had, but  head coach Gerard Gallant opted to switch it up.

The Rangers dropped to 8-2-1 when scoring first this season after giving up four unanswered tallies in the third period.

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Rob Gronkowski plays baseball with marshmallows in supermarket: ‘Holy smokes’



Former superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski showed off his prowess in a different sport: baseball.

While in a Sprouts Farmers Markert, the five-time Pro Bowler was recorded hitting a marshmallow into a sea of gawking people. Gronkowski even earned enough respect to be posted by MLB’s Twitter account, who captioned the video: “POV: You go to the store to get milk and Gronk is in produce crushing dingers.”

The gimmick took multiple attempts to successfully complete, with Gronk using a loaf of bread as a bat. During one trial, the bread slid out of its sleeve and flew to a customer – who later got it signed.

Gronkowski tried again and finally made contact by sending the marshmallow deep. Among a crowd of oohs and ahs, the former Patriots and Buccaneers tight end proudly saluted his hit.

Gronk hit dingers with marshmallows in a supermarket.
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“Holy smokes,” one person in the video said.

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Michigan’s Mike Sainristil plants flag on Ohio State’s ‘O’ after beat-down



The tables have turned.

After Ohio State had dominated its Big Ten rivalry against Michigan for a sustained stretch, the Wolverines have pulled off two in a row, executing a 45-23 demolition in Columbus on Saturday.

Following the game, senior defensive back Mike Sainristil, who had seven tackles on Saturday, planted the Michigan flag directly in the center of the ‘O’ in the middle of Ohio Stadium.

The Big Ten East was on the line in the matchup, and there was some chippiness. Ohio State tight end Gee Scott Jr. head-butted a Michigan defender in the third quarter.

The star for Michigan was running back Donovan Edwards, who saw increased time after an injury forced starter Blake Corum to miss the game, and he seized it. Edwards carried the ball 22 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy completed 12 of his 24 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Cornelius Johnson caught four balls for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The tables have turned for Jim Harbaugh, whose Michigan Wolverines have defeated Ohio State two straight years after Harbaugh started the rivalry 0-5.
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For Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, it has been a dramatic reversal of fortunes in the past two seasons. Harbaugh lost his first five matchups to Ohio State, and before the 2021 season took a pay cut, going from $8 million in base pay to $4 million, in order to remain on the job.

Michigan now will head to Indianapolis next Saturday to vie for the Big Ten championship against an opponent still to be determined; a win for the Wolverines would cement a berth in the College Football Playoff.

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