Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Darrius Slayton were billed as one of the NFL’s most dangerous trios, but a consistent criticism group lacked a true game-breaker. Some forward-looking 2021 mock drafts also suggest that the Giants will be shopping for a receiver with their first-round pick.
Slayton – and the re-emergence of many more pressing needs – could change that thinking over the next three months.
Picking up where he left off as a rogue, Slayton gave up six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns in a 26–16 season opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on Monday. The highlight of the night’s top Giants was a 41-yard scoring strike when quarterback Daniel Jones had time and room to step into the pocket and find Slaton on a well-paved route.
With every game that goes on, the former fifth-rounder looks more and more, the Giants’ biggest steal of general manager Dave Gatelman’s three-year term – and may have been the decade when the Super Bowl trophies In the card.
“Daris did a good job tonight, he was a good camp and he was ready to go,” Jones said. “I definitely believe in him a lot.”
In May 2019, Slayton and Jones established a synergy in the rookie minicamp and continued with minimal interruptions.
Slaton missed the first two games of the previous season when Jones was on the bench. When Jones missed two with an ankle injury, Slayen caught three touchdown passes in Eli Manning’s farewell tour.
Monday was the fourth time in 15 career games that Slaton has scored multiple touchdowns and he averaged 15.6 yards per catch during his short career. What is his ability?
“Slayton has a chance to be in the top-10 conversation [at wide receiver], Pro Football Talk’s NFL analyst Chris Sims told the Post.
When Jones was intercepted on a tangled ball in tight coverage to prevent a potential go-forward drive in the third quarter, Slaton was also an intended receiver in the end zone. This was probably a sign of too much trust in their relationship.
“You play every play independent of the other,” Jones said. “Can’t afford those mistakes in that situation.”
Tate did not play due to a hamstring injury, which has limited him to practice since 31 August. Jones has never played a game, notably with Slayton, Tate, Shepard, Tang and Evan Engram, and Saquon Bark.
“Golden is working to bring it back,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to it. We’ve got a lot of people who can do plays and my job is to get them the ball.”