Scout­ing re­port

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Dar­ius Slay­ton, Giants WR

In­for­ma­tion for this re­port was ob­tained from NFL scouts.

Dar­ius Slay­ton, 6-foot-1 and 194 pounds, is a rookie the Giants drafted in the fifth round from Auburn. He leads the team with five touch­down catches and has 27 re­cep­tions for 394 yards (14.6 av­er­age).

Slay­ton ranks fourth on the team in catches, and the Giants wide re­ceivers have not stepped up as needed for rookie quar­ter­back Daniel Jones, es­pe­cially with tight end Evan En­gram and run­ning back Saquon Barkley miss­ing time with in­juries.

“I like his col­lege film com­ing out of Auburn,” the scout said. “He’s a high-end speed guy (4.39 sec­onds in the 40-yard dash at the com­bine), kind of a slight frame. Then the con­cern you have for him is the lim­ited route tree he had com­ing out of Gus Malzahn’s of­fense.

“He wasn’t run­ning a ton of pro-style routes in that of­fense, but he’s de­vel­oped pretty quickly and he’s got­ten more of an op­por­tu­nity be­cause of the in­juries. Ster­ling Shep­ard has missed time — he’s seem­ingly al­ways hurt — and Golden Tate was on sus­pen­sion to start the year, so they haven’t had a steady ro­ta­tion of guys. And be­cause of that, Slay­ton has got­ten an op­por­tu­nity and he’s done pretty well. He can get on top of cor­ners out­side and he matched up OK against Stephen Gil­more when they played the Pa­tri­ots.”

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