Darius Slayton
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New York Giants rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton is reportedly getting close to returning from his hamstring injury.

In July, New York Giants rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton suffered a minor hamstring injury. The team was optimistic that it wouldn’t be too serious, but Slayton has been limited ever since and hasn’t played in a preseason game yet.

Slayton, a fifth-round pick out of Auburn University, could’ve gotten a ton of first-team reps due to the other setbacks to the Giants wide receiver room. He hasn’t been able to due to the injury. However, Dan Salomone of the Giants official website reports the rookie could return soon.

Slayton has a lot of ground to cover when he eventually returns from the injury. He’s someone that could definitely be used in a multitude of ways if healthy.

With Sterling Shepard dealing with a fractured thumb and Corey Coleman out for the year with a torn ACL, Slayton has a clear lane to get a good amount of opportunities. Not to mention, wide receiver Golden Tate is suspended for the first four games of the year for PEDs. Slayton could even get some time the first few weeks of the regular season if he makes the team.

Slayton played 29 games at Auburn from 2016-18. In those 29 games, he caught 79 balls for 1,605 yards and 11 touchdowns. Along with receiver, the Giants could use him in the return game, as they have no clear-cut kick or punt returner at the moment.

The Giants play their third preseason game in Cincinnatti this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.