Giants lose 3 receivers to injury during minicamp on Tuesday

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The New York Giants kicked off their minicamp on Tuesday, showcasing their dynamic offense and introducing several new playmakers to the fold.

The session saw standout performances, particularly from Malik Nabers and Wan’Dale Robinson, who dazzled attendees by taking a slant pass all the way for a touchdown. Despite these promising displays, the day was not without its setbacks, as the team encountered injury concerns among its receiving corps.

Giants’ Minicamp Opens with Highs and Lows

The day took a concerning turn when three Giants pass-catchers sustained injuries. Darius Slayton, who had recently negotiated additional incentives into his contract, slipped during a route and took time to get back on his feet, posing a cause for concern.

Meanwhile, Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Chase Cota also faced setbacks with arm and shoulder injuries, respectively, complicating their paths to securing roster spots.

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) gets ready to score a touchdown during a 24-point Giants first half, Sunday, January 7, 2024
Credit: Kevin R. Wexler / USA TODAY NETWORK

Slayton, who is on the final stretch of a two-year, $12 million contract, is positioned to enter free agency in 2025. The Giants seem to be preparing for his eventual departure by grooming Jalin Hyatt, a recent draft pick from Tennessee, as a potential long-term boundary solution.

This strategy suggests a focus on cost management and roster flexibility moving forward, hinting that Slayton’s future contract demands might exceed what the Giants are willing to offer for his services.

Bryce Ford-Wheaton’s first-day injury is particularly disheartening as he aims to secure a place on the team. His quick recovery is crucial if he is to impress the coaching staff and earn a spot. Chase Cota, a sizable talent at 6’4″ and 205 pounds, faces an uphill battle for a practice squad position, having transferred from UCLA to Oregon and going undrafted in 2023 before signing with the Detroit Lions.

As the Giants continue through minicamp, the team’s depth and resilience will be tested, especially if the injured players face extended recovery times. The coaching staff will need to adjust their evaluations and preparations as they navigate these early challenges and assess their roster’s potential to compete in the upcoming season.

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