3 NFL players named as potential breakout candidates in 2020

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Darius Slayton, WR, Giants

The final mention on the segment was named by Nate Burleson and he chose Darius Slayton of the New York Giants. What caught Burleson’s attention was the fact that Slayton was tied for most receiving touchdowns by a rookie despite starting out low on the team’s depth chart.

The rookie campaign Slayton provided the Giants was impressive, to say the least. He played in 14 games (nine starts) and totaled 48 receptions for 740 yards and eight touchdowns despite being a 5th round pick while the other top rookie wideouts were early-round selections.

The first appearance Slayton made wasn’t until Week 3 and he played in just 44 percent of the Giants’ offensive snaps. It took two additional games before becoming a regular pillar of New York’s offense and he didn’t start actually recording much in key categories until that period.

With Daniel Jones entering his second season and having the team’s other receiving threats outside of Slayton healthy, the Giants’ offense could take a step forward as a unit. The production Slayton will bring to the table will play a key role in that progression.

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