Darius Slayton

New York Giants
Wide Receiver #81
New York Giants
Wide Receiver #81
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Darius Slayton News

Scores TD in season-ending loss

Slayton brought in two of three targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 22-7 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: Slayton returned from a shoulder injury and was at least able to record his first touchdown grab since Week 2, small consolation for an utterly forgettable season for the third-year speedster. Slayton scuffled with both injury and poor quarterback play to post an ugly 26-339-2 line across 13 games, a significant downturn after a solid first pair of pro seasons. Slayton will hope the return to health of Daniel Jones (IR-neck) and a potential new coaching staff will help lead to a much more productive offensive environment in 2022.

Jan 9, 2022 4:32 PM EST

Cleared for Sunday

Slayton (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants' lack of a passing game remains more of an issue than Slayton's shoulder injury or recent stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, though it is possible his playing time is affected. The Giants are starting Jake Fromm at quarterback to close out the season.

Jan 7, 2022 12:24 PM EST

Logs limited practice Thursday

Slayton (shoulder/ramp up) was limited at Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants placed Slayton (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Thursday, which caused him to be unavailable for a Week 17 game in Chicago. Upon his activation Wednesday, he was listed with both a shoulder injury and also the COVID-19 ramp up that has been customary of players returning to the active roster. Ultimately, Friday's practice report may clear up Slayton's status ahead of Sunday's game against Washington.

Jan 6, 2022 11:34 AM EST

Removed from COVID-19 list

Slayton (illness) was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and listed as a limited participant on the Giants' estimated practice report, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: It sets the stage for Slayton to play Sunday against Washington, after missing the Week 17 blowout loss at Chicago. He'll likely be a starter and get plenty of snaps if his conditioning is okay, but there's not much upside for the New York passing game with Jake Fromm likely starting at QB.

Jan 5, 2022 1:23 PM EST

Not cleared for Week 17

Slayton (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game in Chicago after the Giants didn't activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Saturday's deadline for week 17 roster moves, Patricia Traina of SI.com reports.

Analysis: The Giants elevated wide receiver Alex Bachman from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement for Slayton, who tested positive for the virus Wednesday. In addition to Slayton, New York will be without Kadarius Toney (shoulder), Sterling Shepard (Achilles), John Ross (knee) and Collin Johnson (hamstring), leaving the team woefully thin at receiver beyond No. 1 option Kenny Golladay. Bachman, Pharoh Cooper and David Sills will be called upon to fill snaps alongside Golladay.

Jan 2, 2022 6:56 AM EST

Headed for COVID-19 list

The Giants placed Slayton on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Unless he's unvaccinated, Slayton will still have an outside chance of clearing the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols before Sunday's game against the Bears, though he seems unlikely to do so. On a positive note, the Giants restored John Ross from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, so he could be a candidate to replace Slayton in three-receiver sets alongside Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney (shoulder).

Dec 30, 2021 8:17 AM EST

Catches one pass in loss

Slayton caught one of five targets for seven yards in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Slayton's struggles continued Sunday despite playing on 80 percent of the team's offensive snaps. The Giants offense is downright horrible at the moment, tanking the fantasy value of all New York skill position players. Slayton will look to get back on track against the Bears in Week 17, but fantasy managers should look elsewhere.

Dec 27, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Quiet in loss

Slayton secured two of three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 21-6 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Slayton was minimally involved on a day when the entire Giants offense struggled. The veteran wideout played on 62 percent of New York's offensive snaps, but he couldn't get anything going. Fellow receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a torn Achilles in the contest and will be out for the remainder of the season. This should open up more looks for Slayton, though being a member of the Giants' offense does not inspire much confidence for fantasy purposes. The Giants will square off against the Eagles in Week 16.

Dec 22, 2021 7:56 AM EST

No catches

Slayton failed to haul in any of his three targets Sunday against the Chargers.

Analysis: Slayton is one of several receivers vying for scraps in a terrible Giants passing offense. It's been a lost year for him.

Dec 14, 2021 3:46 AM EST

Draws seven targets in Week 13 loss

Slayton caught two of his seven targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Slayton saw his second-largest snap share (80 percent) of the season with fellow wideouts Kadarius Toney (quadriceps/oblique) and Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) sidelined, but he was unable to forge much of a connection with quarterback Mike Glennon, who picked up his first start of the season under center with Daniel Jones (neck) sidelined. Glennon was diagnosed with a concussion Monday, while Jones has yet to be cleared for contact, leaving both quarterback's statuses in flux for a Week 14 game against the Chargers. Jake Fromm would be in line to make his NFL debut if neither Jones nor Glennon is cleared, and that unsettled situation coupled with the potential returns of Toney and Shepard renders Slayton a rather unappealing fantasy option this week.

Dec 8, 2021 11:37 AM EST

Catches three passes

Slayton caught three passes for 40 yards on four targets against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Analysis: Slayton was efficient with his targets, but it would have been nice to see him draw more in this matchup, especially with teammates Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney both out with injuries. While Slayton's speed makes him a dangerous downfield threat, the depth of the Giants' pass catcher rotation and the general struggles of Daniel Jones make it difficult to see the route to mainstream fantasy viability most weeks.

Nov 28, 2021 2:24 PM EST

Loses fumble in loss

Slayton caught four of seven targets for 37 yards but lost a fumble in Monday night's 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Slayton's long gain of 21 yards helped him rank second on the Giants in receiving, even though his fumble on the last play of the first half cancelled some of his production out. The third-year pro has been a frustrating figure this season, and with rookie Kadarius Toney hauling in seven of 12 targets to go with Saquon Barkley's six grabs Monday, Slayton has stiff competition for looks within an inconsistent New York offense.

Nov 22, 2021 9:12 PM EST

No catches

Slayton failed to catch his only target Sunday against the Raiders.

Analysis: The Giants attempted only 20 passes Sunday, and most were shot throws to the running backs and tight ends. Slayton will be in the mix after the bye, but with Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Evan Engram healthy, and Sterling Shepard potentially coming back, Slayton's ceiling is modest.

Nov 9, 2021 2:54 PM EST

Set to retain starting role

Slayton is expected to remain in a top-three role at receiver Sunday against the Raiders, joining Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: No. 1 receiver Golladay is back in action after a three-game absence due to a hyperextended knee, but the absence of Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) should create room in the startling lineup for both Toney and Slayton. Though Slayton entered the season ahead of Toney in the pecking order, that may have changed with the rookie have flashed big-play potential in recent weeks. Slayton could thus be a candidate to lose out on some reps if Shepard is ready to go following a Week 10 bye.

Nov 7, 2021 9:14 AM EST

Held catchless in loss

Slayton failed to reel in both of his targets in Monday's 20-17 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Slayton was a major disappointment for fantasy managers starting the wideout in what was a plus matchup against Kansas City's porous defense. The 24-year-old played the most snaps of any Giants pass catcher, as he was on the field for 52 of the team's 60 offensive snaps. Slayton will look to get back on track in Week 9 against the Raiders, especially if Kenny Golladay (knee) remains out and Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) can't go.

Nov 3, 2021 3:44 AM EST

Racks up 63 yards

Slayton recorded five receptions on nine targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 25-3 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Slayton led the team in both targets and receiving yards in the absence of Kadarius Toney (ankle), Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Kenny Golladay (knee). Given the game script, the Giants didn't need to push the ball much through the air, which in turn limited the potential for him to turn in a big game. Nevertheless, he recorded four receptions of 15 or more yards to serve as the team's primary threat down the field. Slayton's potential to produce moving forward likely depends on the rest of the Giants' receiving corps heading into a Week 8 matchup against Kansas City.

Oct 24, 2021 5:31 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Slayton (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday versus the Panthers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Sidelined since Week 3 due to a hamstring issue, Slayton is back in the lineup at an opportune time, with all of Saquon Barkley (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) all out of commission. With that quartet in street clothes, Slayton will be the Giants' leading wide receiver, while Dante Pettis, John Ross (hamstring), Collin Johnson and David Sills fill in behind him.

Oct 24, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Expects to play Sunday

Slayton (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, expects to play, Jordan Ranaan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though he's missed the Giants' last three games and will take a designation into the weekend, Slayton told Ranaan that he felt good after practicing on a limited basis Friday for the third consecutive day. Citing a source, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, also relays that the Giants are planning on having Slayton back for the Week 7 contest, and he could immediately find himself filling a high-volume role in the New York passing attack if he suits up. New York will be without three key pass catchers in Kenny Golladay (knee), Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Kadarius Toney (ankle), while three more in Sterling Shepard (hamstring), John Ross (hamstring) and Evan Engram (calf) are listed as questionable.

Oct 22, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Officially listed as questionable

Slayton (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media reports.

Analysis: This questionable designation comes as no surprise considering Slayton's expected to be a game-time decision. If he suits up, Slayton will be on the field for the first time since hurting his hamstring in Week 3. Health permitting, Slayton will immediately take on a prominent role in a Giants receiving corps that will be without both Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Kenny Golladay (knee).

Oct 22, 2021 10:46 AM EST

Could be game-time call

Slayton (hamstring) is participating at Friday's practice and could be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Slayton will practice in some capacity for the third straight day, but he'll be stuck with the questionable tag for Week 7. If available, the 24-year-old would likely operate as New York's No. 2 wideout with Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) trending in the wrong direction for this weekend.

Oct 22, 2021 9:12 AM EST

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