Darius Slayton

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

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

Remains limited in practice

Slayton (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Slayton has now been limited in five consecutive practices, but since he's missed each of the Giants' last three games he may need to log a full session Friday to avoid carrying a designation into Sunday's game against the Panthers. Despite having not played Week 3, Slayton may be one of the Giants' healthier pass catchers at the moment. Sterling Shepard (hamstring), John Ross (hamstring) and Kaden Smith (knee) joined Slayton as limited participants at Thursday's practice, while Kenny Golladay (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle), Evan Engram (calf) and Saquon Barkley (ankle) were non-participants.

Oct 21, 2021 12:58 PM EST

Logs limited showing Wednesday

Slayton (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Slayton has missed three straight games due to a hamstring injury, but getting back on the field was something a few of his fellow wide receivers were unable to do Wednesday. In particular, Kenny Golladay (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle) and even John Ross (hamstring) didn't practice, leaving Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Dante Pettis and Collin Johnson as the healthy WRs on the Giants roster.

Oct 20, 2021 12:20 PM EST

Missing third straight

Slayton (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Slayton took a questionable designation into the weekend after he was a limited participant in practices Wednesday through Friday, but he ultimately didn't make enough progress to avoid a third straight absence. With Kenny Golladay (knee) also inactive for Week 6, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney should be locked into full-time starting roles, with the likes of Collin Johnson, C.J. Board and John Ross expected to rotate in alongside them in three-receiver sets.

Oct 17, 2021 8:45 AM EST

Looks like game-time call

Slayton (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, will go through a pregame workout before the Giants determine his status, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Final word on Slayton's status should arrive around 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, when the Giants will reveal their inactive list. The Giants are already missing top wideout Kenny Golladay (knee) for the Week 6 contest, while Slayton's availability appears to be less locked in than rookie Kadarius Toney's (ankle), who is listed as questionable but expected to play. Slayton has missed the Giants' past two games with the hamstring injury.

Oct 17, 2021 5:36 AM EST

Appears truly questionable

Slayton (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Duggan suggests Slayton, LT Andrew Thomas (foot) and LG Ben Bredeson (hand) are truly questionable, whereas WR Kadarius Toney (Q/ankle) has the official designation but is expected to play. Slayton missed the past two games with hamstring injuries, in which time Kenny Golladay hyperextended his knee and Toney nearly had a 200-yard game. It makes for an interesting situation moving forward, but Toney and Sterling Shepard are safer bets than Slayton to see targets this week, especially now that the Giants also have John Ross as a deep threat outside the numbers.

Oct 15, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Another limited practice

Slayton (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The same can be said for Sterling Shepard as both wide receivers attempt to end their absences at two games. On a positive note, the Giants are optimistic about the ability of Shepard and Slayton to do so, as coach Joe Judge told Dan Salomone of the team's official site earlier Thursday. New York is expected to be without top wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) for at least Sunday's contest versus the Rams, so Slayton could have an elevated profile in the passing game if he's active this weekend.

Oct 14, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Back to limited practice

Slayton (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: The same can be said for Sterling Shepard, who, like Slayton, missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury of his own. Shepard and Slayton were joined by rookie Kadarius Toney (ankle) as limited, too, while No. 1 wide receiver Kenny Golladay is expected to sit out at least one contest due to a hyperextended knee. If Slayton does enough to be able to play Sunday versus the Rams, he could be one of the top candidates among Giants skill-position players for targets.

Oct 13, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Out again

Slayton (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Sterling Shepard, whose absence has freed up slot work for first-round pick Kadarius Toney. Slayton's missing perimeter snaps have mostly gone to a mix of John Ross, Collin Johnson and C.J. Board, with Ross coming on strong last week to put up 3-78-1 in his first game back from IR. In any case, Slayton and Shepard will shoot for a Week 6 return against the Rams.

Oct 8, 2021 11:48 AM EST

Takes no practice reps Thursday

New York listed Slayton (hamstring) as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Both Slayton and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) were withheld from team drills for the second straight day and fifth consecutive practice overall, a discouraging sign for either receiver's chances of playing Sunday in Dallas. According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Shepard appeared to be further along in his recovery from the injury based on how he fared while taking part in individual drills on the side during the open portion of Thursday's practice, though Slayton seemingly took a step forward by donning full pads for his workout, per Dan Duggan of The Athletic. Even so, Slayton will likely need to upgrade to at least limited activity in team drills during Friday's practice if he's to have a legitimate chance at avoiding a second straight missed game Sunday in Dallas.

Oct 7, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Misses practice, but progressing

Slayton (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Slayton and Sterling Shepard, both dealing with hamstring injuries, were at least able to do side-field work during Wednesday's practice, perhaps taking a step forward. Still, they're in danger of missing a second straight game Sunday against the Cowboys, potentially giving Kadarius Toney and John Ross another shot to strut their stuff in top-three roles.

Oct 6, 2021 9:28 AM EST

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