Beckham Jr. Odell was unceremoniously traded in the offseason. Golden Tate was suspended for the first four games as a representative of the NFL's policy on substances that improve performance. Sterling Shepard lost six game this season with multiple concussions.
All of these factors gave Darius Slayton, Gnds' fifth-round draft of Auburn a great opportunity to make progress as a rookie.
He has made the most of these chances and emerged as a rare white spot in another season lost to the Giants, with five worrying receptions and 14.6 yards per catch as they come out. their weeks and they prepared for Sunday road game against the bears.
“I have certainly tried to seize every opportunity that has been given to me and feel that I have a relatively strong job to date. We hope that he will be able to continue, ”Slayton told the Post after the Monday exercise. “I always want to be consistent, only making plays when the ball threw my way.
“Every time I go out there, I'm just trying to find ways to help my team win, whether I'm putting the ball in the final zone or blocking. Anything I can do. ”
The 6-foot-1 Slayton immediately provided an unforeseen return, on its draft status, emerging as a legitimate finding for GM Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur through 10 games. His five scoring plays, including two in the loss of the Jets before the bye, are mostly kept by any rookie receiver in the series alongside D.K. with Seattle. Metcalf, Mecole Hardman from Kansas and Terry McLaurin, chose Mecole Hardman and Washington – all of whom were selected in the first three rounds.
“He's on the spot and made a name for himself,” said Tate from Slayton. “I think it's doing that every week, it's definitely helping us. He has given another dynamic. It is showing that it can manage its load, and that can handle it. I think it is a special player, but I am very excited about the future. Once he understands the game anymore, when the game relieves a little more for him, I think it's going to be more dangerous than it is now.
“It is already an influential player, it is very explosive and can do many things. To enter the final zone five times, as a rookie, there are so special. This was very significant. ”
Slayton, 22, developed an immediate relationship with Daniel Jones's colleague. The 27 people from his arrests came from Jones – including 10 goals for the Jets. Slayton, who dealt with injuries to most of the training camps and the forerunner, lost the first two games of the season started by Eli Manning.
“It certainly helped us come together, with an opportunity to learn the growing rookie pains and go through,” Slayton said. “I hope we have been together for a long time.
Slayton said the same about Shepard, who returned to practice Monday, although it is too early to say whether he will return to the lineup in Chicago.
“Obviously there is a better team on the field than it is without it,” Slayton said. “We came into this season and it was our person. It was difficult to be around. Of course, we all had to do plays and make plays, but it's hard to replace. It will be great to have Shep back.
“But it's tough, with the head things. Ankle is not sprained or anything like it, so you need to be very careful with it. I am glad it is feeling better now and look forward to being on the pitch together. ”
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