Giants' Darius Slayton not focused on individual numbers

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Darius Slayton makes over the shoulder catch
Darius Slayton makes over the shoulder catch

In 2019, Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton developed some major chemistry as rookies in an otherwise dark season for the Giants. With Jones taking over the quarterback position in Week 3 and Slayton getting his first start in Week 6, the two connected 48 times for 740 yards and eight touchdowns.

It was a surprising first year for the fifth-round pick out of Auburn, and the hope was that Slayton would develop into the big-play threat the Giants have been lacking since they traded Odell Beckham Jr.

With six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against the Steelers, all signs pointed to a breakout second season for Slayton. But the 23-year-old has gotten into the end zone just once since that game.

Despite that, Slayton knows there are more important things to worry about than individual numbers.

“Last year, I felt like it was kind of one of those things where I did it once so I can do it again,” Slayton said of his touchdown totals. “Obviously, I’m not on that kind of pace this year. We also have more wins this year. At the of the day, if you ask what I would rather have the touchdowns or the wins, I’ll go with the wins.

“At the end of the day, I go out there and I’m trying to win. Whether I have a million yards or two yards, at the end of the day I’m trying to get a win. As long as our team comes away with a W, I’m okay.”

With two weeks left in the season, the Giants will likely need two more of those Ws to find their way into the playoffs. They looked to be in the driver’s seat in the NFC East after a win over the Seahawks in Week 13, but back-to-back losses to Arizona and Cleveland have their backs against the wall.

But according to Slayton, don’t start writing their obituary just yet.

“I think that we’re still in a position to win the division,” Slayton said. “All we have to do is go out there and win our last two games and take care of business. In any scenario, as long as you hold the cards, you can control your own destiny.”

That might be easier said than done, especially as Jones, who missed last week’s game against the Browns, remains limited in practice.

But whether it’s Jones or Colt McCoy under center, the Giants will be ready to go with whoever is throwing the ball.

“Colt or Daniel have both played full games this year and in games that we have won,” Slayton said. I know everybody on this team has a tremendous amount of faith in both of them. Either of them that they put out there on Sunday, we’ll be comfortable with and be ready to roll.”