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LANDOVER, Md. New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones downplayed what appeared to be a heated discussion with wide receiver Kenny Golladay late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night with the 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team, saying Golladay was simply “frustrated” . “
Golladay, who had three catches on 38 yards on eight goals, was seen shouting in Jones’ direction near the bench in the final minutes of the match.
“He was frustrated with the situation,” Jones said afterwards. “I do not think it was for me or anyone in particular.”
Golladay, who signed a massive free-agent contract that included $ 40 million guaranteed this offseason, has seven catches of 102 yards in his first two games with the Giants. He was unavailable for comment after the defeat that dropped the Giants to 0-2 for the fifth consecutive season.
New York coach Joe Judge said he saw Jones and Golladay “hugging in the locker room” but that he knew nothing else about the situation.
Jones said he and Golladay talked in the locker room afterwards and that all was well. The quarterback said he did not take it personally.
“I want to say again: He did not show me individually,” Jones said. “So part of the game. Like I said, he’s emotional, wants to win. We all do. I respect that.”
Part of Golladay’s anger seemed to come from his desire to want the ball more. He had only one goal in the fourth quarter on Thursday and was closely covered by it.
“Yeah, I think that’s part of it,” Jones said. “You will definitely have the receivers who want the ball. We will keep working through it.”
Jones said he did not believe he and Golladay would have a problem going forward. The signal caller stressed that the two have a strong relationship and that he appreciates Golladay’s passion and the feeling he brings to the table.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is close with both players and did not make much out of the dust.
“I think you have it all mixed up,” Shepard said. “[Golladay] was just warmed by the situation. We needed some great acting and he was hot on the situation. We all love each other. That’s what happens in this game when your emotions get into it. You say what you have to say and you move on. We all love each other and we dap it at the end of the day and give each other a hug and keep pushing. ”
Despite being under heavy pressure, Jones played one of the better matches of his career on Thursday. He threw 249 yards and a touchdown and ran for 95 yards and a score. He also got another long touchdown run negated with a penalty.
For the second week in a row, it was Shepard, not Golladay, who was Jones’ favorite and most reliable target. Shepard caught nine passes on 10 goals for 94 yards against Washington.