Golladay, who had three catches for 38 yards on eight targets, was seen yelling at Jones near the bench in the dying minutes of the game.
“He was frustrated with the situation,” Jones said afterwards. “I don’t think it was mine or anyone in particular. “
Golladay, who signed a massive free agent contract that included $ 40 million guaranteed this offseason, had seven catches for 102 yards in his first two games with the Giants. He was not available for comment after the loss, which sent the Giants down to 0-2 for the fifth straight season.
New York coach Joe Judge said he saw Jones and Golladay “hug each other in the locker room” but knew nothing else about the situation.
Jones said he and Golladay spoke in the locker room afterward and that everything was fine. The quarterback said he didn’t take it personally.
“I’ll say it again: he wasn’t showing 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 stem from his desire to want the ball more. He only had one target in the fourth quarter on Thursday and was well covered on it.
“Yeah, I think that’s part of it,” Jones said. “You definitely want the receivers who want the ball. We will continue to work on it. “
Jones said he didn’t believe he and Golladay would have a problem moving forward. The caller stressed that the two have a strong relationship and that he appreciates Golladay’s passion and the emotion he brings to the table.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is close to both players and hasn’t made much noise.
“I think you got it all mixed up,” Shepard said. ” [Golladay] was just heated at the situation. We needed big games and he was passionate about the situation. We all love each other. This is what happens in this game when your emotions enter it. You say what you have to say and move on. We all love each other, and we catch up with each other at the end of the day, we hug and keep pushing. “
Despite great pressure, Jones played one of the best games of his career on Thursday. He threw for 249 yards and a touchdown and ran for 95 yards and a score. He also had another long touchdown run canceled by 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 targets for 94 yards against Washington.