Slayton said he feels healthy this offseason, after battling a nagging hamstring injury during his rookie campaign, NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt reports.
The hamstring ailment sidelined Slayton for Weeks 1 and 2 but didn't seem to affect him thereafter. He quickly emerged as a downfield weapon in a part-time role, earning a starting job and heavy snap counts by mid-October. The fifth-round pick ultimately averaged 50.1 snaps and 6.0 targets over 14 games, despite making an early exit from Week 16 with a minor knee injury. Slayton rejoined the lineup Week 17 and finished the year as Big Blue's leader in receiving yards (740) and touchdowns (eight). He's met with Daniel Jones on multiple occasions this offseason, hoping to improve the chemistry as both players prepare for their second pro season.
Slayton finished his rookie season with 48 catches on 84 targets for 740 yards in 14 games, with eight touchdowns (T-9th), 15.4 YPC (12th) and 8.8 YPT (23rd.)
It was a monster year for a fifth-round rookie, and Slayton should at least reprise his role as the team's downfield playmaker in Year 2 and could emerge as its clear No. 1 wideout.
Slayton (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation and should be ready for his normal workload Sunday against the Eagles, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Slayton was limited to two targets and 29 percent of offensive snaps in last week's 41-35 win over Washington, missing a large chunk of the game after he hurt his knee in the first half. He did make sporadic appearances thereafter, and he was able to practice on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday. While it's possible the Giants monitor Slayton's workload, it sounds like he'll open the game with his usual spot in three-wide sets alongside Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. The rookie enjoyed his best game of the season Week 14 at Philadelphia, catching five of eight targets for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Slayton (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Slayton missed some action this past Sunday at Washington, resulting in a season-low 29-percent share of the offensive snaps. Held without a catch on his two targets for the first time in his brief career, he's so far logged limited showings on both Week 17 practice reports due to a knee injury. Friday's report will give a sense of his availability for Sunday's season finale against the Eagles.
Slayton was listed as a limited participant Wednesday on the Giants' estimated practice report with a knee injury, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
The Giants didn't hold a practice Christmas Day, but Slayton's inclusion on the injury report implies that he may be banged up coming out of the Week 16 overtime win over the Redskins. He'll have two more days to upgrade to full participation in advance of the Giants' season finale Sunday versus the Eagles.
Slayton had zero catches on two targets during Sunday's 41-35 overtime win over the Redskins.
The 22-year-old had 27 receptions for 417 yards and five touchdowns over the previous five games, but he lost playing time to Cody Latimer on Sunday. Slayton played more than 69 percent of offensive snaps in those five games but played his lowest snap share of the season (29 percent) versus Washington compared to Latimer's 59-percent share. The rookie fifth-round pick is trending down for Week 17 with Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate healthy.
Slayton caught two of three targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.
Slayton failed to notch his fourth multi-score effort of 2019, but the impressive rookie is up to eight touchdowns, seven of which have come in his past seven games played. His visit to the end zone in this one came from five yards out in the third quarter. Regardless of whether he's catching balls from Eli Manning for a third straight game or from Daniel Jones (ankle), Slayton will remain a threat to find the end zone in Washington in Week 16.
Slayton caught five of eight targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.
Slayton showed no slippage despite the Giants' change at quarterback, as he opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown from Eli Manning, then finished the first half with a 55-yard scoring bomb. In doing so, the rookie set a new career high in receiving yards -- topping 100 yards for the second time and scoring for the fourth time in his last four outings -- and led New York in all major pass-catching categories. That came despite both Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard suiting up, offering resounding reassurance of Slayton's stock ahead of a tasty Week 15 matchup against Miami.
Wide receiver coach Tyke Tolbert suggested Slayton would still be a featured part of the offense following the return of Golden Tate (concussion) to the starting lineup, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "He's going to be the same factor he's always been."
There's a lot working against the narrative Tolbert suggested, starting first and foremost with the return of both Tate and Sterling Shepard, the latter of whom made his first appearance last Sunday against the Packers after a multi-week absence due to ongoing concussion symptoms. While Slayton was still able to record at least seven targets for the third consecutive game even with Shepard around, those opportunities could vanish with the news that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle) will miss Monday's contest, forcing the previously benched Eli Manning to make his unheralded return to the starting lineup. Slayton is very clearly the Giants' most explosive player, particularly with Evan Engram (foot) sidelined for another game, but with a bevy of mouths to feed and little to no connection with the newly minted starting signal caller, fantasy owners may be playing a dicey game relying on the normally consistent wideout.
Slayton caught six of nine passes for 44 yards during Sunday's 31-13 loss to Green Bay.
Slayton, getting the start for Golden Tate (concussion), enjoyed his third consecutive game with at least seven targets. He and rookie Daniel Jones seem to have a strong rapport, and Jones looked the fellow rookie's way early in the first quarter to convert a key fourth down. Slayton had seven targets in Week 12 even with the Giants healthy at receiver, so he should get some opportunities irrespective of Tate's health in Week 14 against the Eagles.
Slayton caught four of seven targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears.
Fellow wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned from a concussion and led the Giants with nine targets, but Slayton led the team in receiving yards and tied with Golden Tate for second in targets with seven. While Shepard is another mouth to feed, it appears Slayton has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Giants. The rookie fifth-rounder should remain on the fantasy radar in deeper formats when his team hosts the Packers in Week 13.
Slayton caught 10 of 14 targets for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Jets.
Slayton scored touchdowns of five and 39 yards in the second quarter, delivering his second two-score performance in the past three weeks. Sandwiched in between those performances is a one-catch, six-yard dud, as the 22-year-old wide receiver is still striving to find week-to-week consistency. Slayton makes for an intriguing pickup moving forward given the upside he's displayed recently, but his role could shrink dramatically if Sterling Shepard (concussion) is ready to make his return following the Giants' Week 11 bye.
Slayton caught one of four targets for six yards in Monday's 37-18 loss to the Cowboys.
Slayton started the contest and played 67 of 72 offensive snaps (93 percent), but he saw his fewest receptions and yards of the season. This dud comes after the rookie fifth-round pick posted two touchdowns in Week 8 against the Lions. Slayton didn't draw much attention despite Daniel Jones heaving 41 passes, but he has a good chance to turn it around against the Jets' suspect secondary in Week 10.
Slayton will start Monday versus the Cowboys, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Sterling Shepard seemed to be closing in on getting through the concussion protocol for the second time this season, only to have a recurrence of symptoms over the weekend. His absence has allowed Slayton to retain an increased role, which he's utilized to put up 16 catches (on 27 targets) for 267 yards and three touchdowns over the last six games. Slayton may have a difficult time producing against a Cowboys defense that has yielded 7.7 yards per target and just three TDs to wide receivers in seven contests this season.
Slayton caught two of five targets for 50 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Lions.
Slayton made the most of his two grabs, which capped off back-to-back touchdown drives in the second quarter. He had totaled five catches for 60 yards over the previous two games, so this efficient effort was likely a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners who rolled the dice on him this week. Despite Slayton's performance in this one, the Giants have several other options ahead of him on offense, which far from guarantees him similar results in next Monday's home matchup against the Cowboys.
Slayton caught both of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
Daniel Jones didn't have much time to throw, and when he did it was mostly short balls to Golden Tate. Sterling Shepard could be back soon, too, but Slayton should retain a small role as a deep threat.
Slayton will start alongside Golden Tate at wide receiver in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
The rookie will crack the lineup for the second straight contest with Sterling Shepard inactive again after having yet to clear the concussion protocol. In the Giants' 35-14 loss to the Patriots in Week 6, Slayton was on the field for all but one of New York's offensive snaps, finishing with three catches for 32 yards on eight targets.
Slayton secured three of his eight targets for 32 yards in the Giants' 35-14 loss to the Patriots on Thursday.
The rookie couldn't quite replicate his 4-62-1 line from Week 5, but in a Giants passing attack that was missing both Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Evan Engram (knee), he checked in a distant second to Golden Tate in receiving yards. Slayton has seen at least five targets in three of the first four games he's suited up for, and with his above-average speed, he retains upside as a downfield threat any time he's on the field. He'll look to parlay his skills into more production when he faces an inconsistent Cardinals secondary in Week 7.
Slayton caught four of five targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Vikings.
Although Slayton finished fourth on the team in targets, he led it in receiving yardage and yards per catch (15.5). The majority of his production came on a 35-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter, which was New York's only play longer than 20 yards for the game. Slayton has certainly flashed his ability to generate big plays early on in his NFL career, but he'll find the going tough in Thursday's road matchup against a surging Patriots defense.
Slayton caught both his targets for 13 yards Sunday against the Redskins.
Slayton made a splash last week against the Bucs, but with Golden Tate returning next week, Slayton's share of the team's passing game is likely to remain small.
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