Kenny Juladay is ready for whatever role the Giants play Sunday

Kenny Juladay isn’t looking for a backdoor exit from his nightmare season.

After the Giants’ injury report surfaced on Wednesday and Thursday as a limited participant in training due to a hamstring injury, Guladay announced that he was “good” and ready to play Sunday against the Lions. There was a belief that the injury might save the Giants from a difficult decision of whether to make their highest-paid player a healthy scratch against his former team after he dropped a pass and was benched in the second half against Texas last Sunday.

“I’m ready for anything,” said Guladay, who was limping into the locker room on Sunday, when asked what role he expected.

Once, Golladay led the NFL in receiving touchdowns (11th in 2019) for the Lions. Those times were happier—albeit less opulent—for Godaday, who has gone four games without a hit and four games (with a knee injury) since Week 1.

Kenny Juladay takes part in a drill at Giants practice Thursday.
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Kenny Juladay speaks to the media on Thursday.
Kenny Juladay speaks to the media on Thursday.
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“Definitely some good memories there,” Guladay said. “It’s just a casual game for me. I don’t get much involved with it all [added motivation]. ”

Golladay has not had a touchdown in 19 games since signing a four-year, $72 million free agent contract with the Giants.

“If you find a home somewhere with a team and they want to sign you up again, great,” Guladay said. “But if you do everything right and get a chance to enter the market, that should be the wish of almost every player. It’s like you got drafted back. They didn’t want me back. Hey, that’s great. I signed here.”

Giants fans booed last week when both passes towards Juladay were incomplete. But he still considered himself the player who was at his peak.

“I never think of myself at all,” Guladay said. “I still feel like I can do that kind of thing. Making opportunities matter when they come to you, that’s what it boils down to. You always want to get out there and make up for what you did wrong last time.”

Giants captains Julian Love and Graham Gano are auctioning their expertise as part of MetLife’s “Inside the Huddle” initiative to raise money for at-risk youth. Online bidding continues through November 29th and is supporting the NYPD Harlem Giants and Far Rockaway Giants. MetLife will contribute $30,000 in match funds.

Jano gives a kicking lesson to four people at the training facility. Love offers a game night—ping pong, corn hole, and more—at the facility.

“I might play left-handed if the donation was big enough,” Love joked. “These are my handicaps that I would give up. It’s fun. To get a chance to play with an NFL player, I feel like as a kid I would have taken the chance. Whoever can give some money to this good cause, I encourage them to do so.”

WR Wan’Dale Robinson (hamstring) has been demoted to not participating in practice. If he can’t play on Sunday, the Giants will be left with Darius Slayton, Richie James, David Seals (last inactive game), Juladay, and newcomer Isaiah Hodgins at receiver.

Robinson and Juladay both “tightened a bunch” in practice on Wednesday, according to head coach Brian Dabol.

LG Josh Ezeudu (Neck) has been added to the injury report. That created an opportunity for Shane Lemieux, a projected preseason starter who had yet to play due to a toe injury that landed him on injured reserve.

“Shane will gradually start getting more actors,” said Daboll.

DT Dexter Lawrence (back) and OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (illness) have both been upgraded to limited entrants. No change in condition for non-participants TE Daniel Bellinger (eye) or limited participants S Dane Belton (clavicle), RT Evan Neal (knee) and OLB Jihad Ward (thumb).

Daboll said Neal has “moved around a bit” but will likely miss his third consecutive game on Sunday.

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