by Jeff Pilgrim @JeffPilgrim11
Darius Slayton was originally a 5th-round (171st pick overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2019. He has emerged as a WR with solid production and a lot of promise for the future.
Aside from his flashy plays and obvious talent, you can see the likes of Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard potentially fading away due to age and injuries, respectively. This will allow Slayton to take on a more prominent role in the offense.
Do you realize Slayton only started 9 games last year, yet he produced 8 TDs (twice as many as OBJ) and 740 yards receiving? He averaged over 15 yards per reception. 32 of his 48 receptions were First Downs.
The Break Out:
During Week 10 against the Jets, Slayton finished with 10 catches for 121 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Three weeks later in Philly, he added 8 catches for 154 yards and another 2 Touchdowns. He has big play ability and can be a game changer for the Giants. With 4.39 speed, he can take the top off the defense. He can run every route he needs to.
Darius Slayton could emerge as the Giants top Wide Receiver in 2020. He’s young, healthy, and has great chemistry with fellow sophomore QB, Daniel Jones. Their chemistry began in training camp as neither was slated to be a starter. Slayton took advantage of several injuries plaguing the Giants offense. All those extra reps with Jones showed up on the field when both guys were promoted to starters.
Pat on the Back:
For all the heat that GM Dave Gettleman gets, some of which is deserved, the Giants scored in a big way with 5th round pick Darius Slayton.
And THAT’s the point.