Depth continues to be a major flaw
With 9:44 remaining in the third quarter, Daniel Jones hit wide receiver Darius Slayton perfectly in stride for what would have been a 31-yard touchdown pass … Until flags went flying on Damion Ratley for pass interference after he set a pick.
Slayton had broken open and beat the defender by at least two steps when Ratley made the illegal block, but the fact that he was even on the field in the first place underscores just how flawed the Giants roster is constructed.
General manager Dave Gettleman went into this season without signing a marquee free agent wide receiver, or choosing one in the NFL Draft, despite a historically deep and talented class at the position.
Maybe a veteran receiver still gets called for interference on the play, but the Giants are fielding young, unproven talents like Ratley at wide receiver, Ryan Lewis in the secondary, and Nick Gates at center despite the fact that Gates’ first snap at the position at any level of football came Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
It was hubris to think Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Sterling Shepard would be able to play 16 games — with Tate and Shepard already missing time this season — and the inability to prepare for that contingency in March or April forced Ratley on the field and took seven points off the board against the Cowboys.