Slayton has been called up to the Falcons' active roster in preparation for the team's Week 6 matchup against Minnesota, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Falcons currently have two interior defensive linemen -- Marlon Davidson and John Cominsky -- who are listed on the reserve-COVID-19 list. Slayton still has not made his NFL debut since being selected by the Giants in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but if starters Grady Jarrett or Tyeler Davison need a breather Sunday against the Vikings, Slayton and Deadrin Senat will be in line for snaps.
Slayton has been promoted to the Giants' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Eagles. Slayton has spent the season on New York's practice squad after getting waived during final roster cuts prior to Week 1. Given the Giants' season will come to a close following the contest, it makes sense for them to see what they have in their rookie seventh-round pick.
Slayton was waived by the Giants on Saturday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports. The Giants selected Slayton during the seventh round of April's draft, but he was unable to show enough prior to Saturday's roster deadline to earn a place on the 53-man roster. The 23-year-old had six tackles (two solo) in four preseason contests.
The Giants selected Slayton in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 245th overall. Slayton (6-foot-4, 307 pounds) might be redundant to first-round pick Dexter Lawrence in the sense that both primarily project as gap-holding defensive linemen, but Slayton might stick around anyway as a four-year contributor at Syracuse who flashed occasional disruption ability (32.5 tackles for loss in four years).
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