SEE IT: Darius Slayton Overtakes Rookie Lead With 8th TD Catch

Giants WR Had 31 Yards On 2 Catches

Alec Gearty
December 15, 2019 - 3:16 pm

Darius Slayton continued his stellar rookie campaign in the Giants' 36-20 win on Sunday afternoon.

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Eli Manning found the Giants rookie in the back of the end zone, isolated from the Dolphins' defense. The score handed New York its first lead, but also propelled Slayton atop of his fellow rookies. 

Slayton's tally marked his eighth touchdown through 13 games. He was tied with Baltimore's Marquise Brown, who tallied his seventh touchdown against the Jets on Thursday, for the league lead. 

Slayton wasn't projected to be one of the league's breakout wide receivers in 2019.

While Brown was the first wide receiver selected in April's draft, Slayton's wait lasted much longer. He was selected in the fifth round as 17 other wide receivers were selected before he landed with the Giants. 

Slayton, however, developed into quarterback Daniel Jones' top target - scoring five touchdowns with Jones at the lead. He's recorded 659 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year as a member of Big Blue. 

He's had little trouble translating the success since Manning took over for Jones, who recovers from a high-ankle sprain. Slayton twice reached the end zone last week in Manning's return under center, tallying 154 yards on five receptions. 

The former Auburn standout finished the game with two catches for 31 yards.