Darius Slayton

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

Gets target competition in Round 1

The Giants took Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick Thursday night, making for a more crowded receiving corps.

Analysis: Slayton was already getting squeezed by the Kenny Golladay signing, and now he has another ostensibly prominent receiver with whom to compete. Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram are around, too, and tailback Saquon Barkley will see looks out of the backfield, making it hard to see Slayton increasing his target share this year.

Apr 30, 2021 4:32 AM EST

Modest Year 2

After a promising rookie season, Slayton put up a modest 96-50-751-3 line in 16 games.

Analysis: Slayton's yards per target dropped from 8.8 in 2019 to 7.8 in 2020, and he made fewer big plays despite an extra 12 targets. He also dropped five passes after not dropping a single one as a rookie. Slayton is still the Giants' best deep threat, and he should be more productive if the offensive line gives Daniel Jones -- or whoever is under center in 2021 -- more time to look down the field.

Jan 11, 2021 10:45 AM EST

Inefficient with eight targets

Slayton caught two of eight targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Slayton finished with at least seven targets for the ninth time this season, but he recorded a measly 3.25 yards per target in this contest as he and Daniel Jones failed to connect on a consistent basis. He'll look to finish the season strong next week against the Cowboys, whom he put up an 8-129-0 line against in Week 5.

Dec 28, 2020 8:33 AM EST

Leads team in receiving

Slayton had four receptions (nine targets) for 74 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Slayton continues to lead the Giants in targets despite the recent return of Sterling Shepard. The 2019 fifth-round gem has seen his production come to a screeching halt after a solid start to his sophomore campaign due to the recent drop-off in quarterback play. Colt McCoy is a decent veteran backup, but he lacks physical skills and is not going to light up the stat sheet. Despite generating his first relevant fantasy line in recent weeks, Slayton is going to need Daniel Jones (hamstring) to return in order to boost his fantasy stock next week against the Ravens.

Dec 20, 2020 11:23 PM EST

Team-high eight targets in Week 14

Slayton caught three of eight targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 26-7 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Slayton was the most frequent target for quarterback Daniel Jones, as no other Giant had more than five passes thrown his way. Despite all that volume, Slayton finished third on the team in receiving yards. This was a step in the right direction after Slayton caught just one pass for 14 yards over the previous two games, and the explosive receiver will look to build on this effort in Week 15 against the Browns.

Dec 13, 2020 3:00 PM EST

Dismal production against Seattle

Slayton caught his lone target for 14 yards in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: The Giants' defense won this game for the team, as quarterback Colt McCoy couldn't get anything going Sunday and finished with just 105 passing yards. Golden Tate and Evan Engram were the only pass catchers to record more than one reception, and neither player surpassed 32 receiving yards. Slayton thrives off the deep ball, and there's no recent evidence that McCoy can make those throws. It should be a favorable Week 14 matchup against the Cardinals, and Daniel Jones (hamstring) could be back in time to boost Slayton's ceiling.

Dec 7, 2020 12:34 PM EST

Cleared for Week 13

Slayton (shoulder/foot) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Slayton and Sterling Shepard (toe/shoulder) were both limited in practices Wednesday through Friday while they battled a pair of injuries apiece, but neither wideout will end up taking a designation into the weekend. With that in mind, Slayton looks poised to play a normal allotment of snaps, but the second-year player has been a risky fantasy option this season, turning in three games with 90-plus yards and three with 25 yards or fewer. Moreover, Colt McCoy is expected to step in at quarterback in place of Daniel Jones (hamstring) -- who is listed as doubtful -- adding another variable for Slayton's fantasy managers to take into account this week.

Dec 4, 2020 11:29 AM EST

Gets in limited practice

Slayton (shoulder/foot) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Slayton has yet to log a full session this week as he deals with shoulder and foot injuries. Still, there's been no indication that his status is threatened for Sunday's contest at Seattle, which may be confirmed as soon as the release of Friday's practice report.

Dec 3, 2020 1:11 PM EST

Gets 'limited' tag Wednesday

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

Analysis: Slayton is listed with the two injuries that he's tended to at times this season, meaning the cap on his reps may be maintenance-related. Despite logging a significant snap count in most games this season, his production has been sporadic, with just two outings of 50-plus yards over the last six games and just one TD in 10 appearances since Week 1.

Dec 2, 2020 12:33 PM EST

No catches in win over Bengals

Slayton failed to haul in either of his targets Sunday against the Bengals.

Analysis: Daniel Jones (hamstring) narrowly missed Slayton on a deep throw just off his fingertips that might have gone for a touchdown had he hung on. Once Jones got hurt, there was little chance for Slayton to make an impact playing with backup Colt McCoy. Slayton has a great matchup Week 13 in Seattle, but if Jones can't go, Slayton makes for a risky start with McCoy under center.

Dec 1, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Provides big plays

Slayton recorded five receptions on seven targets for 93 yards in Week 10 against the Eagles.

Analysis: Slayton made an immediate impact for the Giants, recording a 22-yard reception on the second play of the game. He was then held relatively quiet until the fourth quarter, when he provided explosive gains of 16 and 40 yards to help clinch a victory. Slayton now has eight receptions of greater than 20 yards and two for 40 or more yards on the season. Even with the splash play ability, Slayton has been a boom or bust option, surpassing 90 yards in three contests but less than 50 in five games. The Giants have a bye in Week 11, but Slayton will look to build on this effort in Week 12 against the Bengals.

Nov 15, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Returns to action

Slayton, who had been forced out of Sunday's game against the Eagles due to a shoulder injury, was able to return to the contest, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Slayton thus rejoins the Giants' Week 10 wide receiver corps, which also includes Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Austin Mack.

Nov 15, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Hurts shoulder Sunday

Slayton left Sunday's game versus the Eagles due to a shoulder injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: After landing on his left arm at the end of a 22-yard catch on the first drive of the contest, Slayton went to the sideline and soon after to the locker room. He was deemed questionable to return, but in the meantime, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Evan Engram will be the Giants' primary pass catchers.

Nov 15, 2020 10:17 AM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Slayton (undisclosed) went to the locker room during the first possession of Sunday's game against the Eagles, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Slayton landed on his left arm while making a 22-yard catch and immediately left the field. The nature and extent of the injury are unknown, but Stapleton implied Slayton may be getting X-rays.

Nov 15, 2020 10:13 AM EST

Bottoms out against Washington

Slayton caught his lone target for six yards and added a two-yard carry in Sunday's 23-20 win over Washington.

Analysis: Perhaps with Golden Tate (coach's decision) benched, Washington was able to key in on shutting down Slayton, allowing Daniel Jones to target 10 other pass catchers. Nevertheless, it's disappointing that the second-year wide receiver finished with season lows in receptions, receiving yards and targets. Slayton always has big-play potential and could be the best wideout on the team, but he's otherwise a replacement-level fantasy asset, averaging 2.7 receptions and 27 receiving yards in games where he doesn't score a touchdown.

Nov 9, 2020 11:23 AM EST

Catches five passes

Slayton caught five of nine targets for 56 yards in Monday night's 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Slayton made a great fourth-down reception to extend New York's final offensive drive, but his night was otherwise marred by failed deep connections with Daniel Jones. The speedster never got on the same page as his quarterback, missing a few big-play opportunities in the process. Despite those disappointments, Slayton still trailed only Sterling Shepard in receptions while nearly hitting double-digits in targets. That involvement bodes well ahead of Week 9's matchup against Washington.

Nov 2, 2020 9:14 PM EST

Quiet in loss to Eagles

Slayton caught two of four targets for 23 yards Thursday in the Giants' 22-21 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Slayton's practice activity heading into the contest was limited to due a foot issue, but being shadowed by top Eagles corner Darius Slay for most of the night likely hindered the wideout's production more than the injury. In addition, the return of Sterling Shepard (toe) from a four-game layoff left fewer looks available for Slayton, who had averaged 7.2 targets per game during that former's absence. Slayton's fantasy outlook won't be any rosier in the Giants' next game on Nov. 2, when he'll be facing off against a Buccaneers defense that has graded out as the NFL's toughest versus receivers this season, per Pro Football Focus.

Oct 23, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Ready for Thursday

Slayton (foot) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game at Philadelphia, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, Slayton's practice reps were capped due to a foot injury, but it won't impact his ability to suit up for game day. Facing Washington this past Sunday, he managed a typical workload (83 percent of the snaps on offense) while totaling two catches (on four targets) for 41 yards and one TD.

Oct 21, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Limited again Tuesday

Slayton (foot) was listed as limited on Tuesday's practice estimate, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Slayton maintained his listing in the first two days of the week, but the Giants actually held a walkthrough Tuesday, which may indicate the second-year wideout is attempting to gut out a foot injury. He played through the concern this past Sunday against Washington, tallying a season-low two catches for 41 yards. Fortunately for Slayton, he salvaged his stat line with a 23-yard TD. He'll attempt to bump from LP to FP on Wednesday, at which point the Giants will give an indication of his availability for Thursday's game in Philadelphia.

Oct 20, 2020 12:57 PM EST

Listed as limited participant

Slayton (foot) is listed as limited on Monday's estimated injury report, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Slayton was officially listed as questionable for Sunday's win over Washington, but he managed to play through his foot injury while corralling two of four targets for 41 yards and a score. The second-year pro did see his lowest snap share (83 percent) and target of the season, so it's clear that the foot issue limited him, which makes it encouraging to see the Giants expect he would've practiced to begin the week. Slayton will work to upgrade to full practice activity ahead of Thursday's contest in Philadelphia.

Oct 19, 2020 12:56 PM EST

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