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Darius Slayton named Giants' most underrated player

The New York Giants' 2024 roster is full of players who have not yet met expectations and others who are hoping for their final breakthrough.

However, one player has shown consistent performance in his five seasons with the Giants: wide receiver Darius Slayton.

In fact, NFL Media just named Slayton the Giants' most underrated player.

As a 27-year-old entering his sixth NFL season, Slayton is definitely not a highly anticipated rookie receiver who was considered by some to be one of the best players of his draft class. That would be Malik Nabers, who was taken by the Giants with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the draft in April. But Slayton — whose contract was recently reworked to provide additional incentives — can play a major role on this team. He's never managed more than 800 receiving yards in a season, but he's also only managed fewer than 700 once, in 2021 when he also hit a career low with five starts, and he's regularly contributed to an often shaky passing game, managing a useful 15.1 yards per catch for his career. This is a pivotal season for Daniel Jones, and Slayton can be the reliable veteran who gives the QB some security while giving Nabers room to find his footing.

Slayton recently returned to the Giants' offseason workouts after a brief hiatus due to contract clauses. The team and his representatives agreed to keep the current content and simply add some incentives to increase his earning potential.

This is the first time Slayton has been named as an underrated player. In two previous polls, linebacker Bobby Okereke was voted the most underrated player.

The story originally appeared on Giants Wire