Comparing Slayton’s year with past NY Giants rookie WR’s
Darius Slayton was one of three rookies in the past decade to lead the NY Giants in receiving yards, but think fast! Which of those three receivers had the most yards in his rookie campaign?
While Odell Beckham would be the most logical guess, it’d be a wrong one. Yes, he’s one of the three to lead the team. But Victor Cruz had more yards in his rookie campaign than all the other receivers in this list, with one caveat. Cruz was on the team in 2010, but only suited up for three games and did not see the field.
Counting 2011 as his first on-field year, Cruz led the other receivers’ rookie campaigns in targets (131), reception yards (1536), yards per reception (18.7), yards per target (11.7), first downs (59), and longest reception (who else remembers exactly where they were on that 99-yard touchdown against the Jets?).
Beckham’s rookie season was not without its own highlights. He was not all too far behind Cruz in yards with 1305, but Beckham led in receptions (91), touchdowns (12), receptions per game (7.6), yards per game (108.8) and catch percentage (70).
Slayton, meanwhile, again stays only ahead of Sterling Shepard in most categories. Slayton was fourth of the five reception leaders in targets (84), receptions (48), yards (740), first downs (55), yards per game (52.9), and yards per target (8.8). Unfortunately, he is also last in catch percentage with 57.1.
On the brighter side, he is third in touchdowns (8) and yards per reception (15.4). In fact, he is above Beckham’s rookie yards per game numbers, which is clearly encouraging.