Giants huge receiver Darius Slayton catches as much as Publish columnist Steve Serby to speak playoffs, his profession with Massive Blue and the impression of the Damar Hamlin damage.
Q: What’s the lesson now we have discovered from what occurred to Damar Hamlin?
A: Regardless that soccer is an enormous a part of what we do, soccer is clearly a serious a part of our lives, however on the finish of the day, nothing’s extra vital than your well being, nothing’s extra vital than your loved ones. Clearly I felt for him, I used to be clearly praying for him and all that, however the state of affairs actually most likely affected my dad and mom greater than it did me. For me, I’m simply enjoying soccer. Even seeing one thing like that occur to someone, like I simply play ball. However my dad and mom, they fear each week.
Q: About you?
A: About me, yeah. And I’m not even apprehensive about me. However you by no means take into consideration just like the pressure that that places on the individuals round you and that sort of factor.
Q: Are you able to speak in regards to the conversations with them this week?
A: Simply being dad and mom, they all the time assume to themselves, that’s like the very last thing they need for me. They by no means wish to be within the stands and see me doubtlessly on the sector preventing for my life. It’s clearly a worry of theirs, however they’ve additionally been watching me play soccer since I used to be 9 years outdated. However clearly seeing one thing like this occur brings it to the forefront in your thoughts.
Q: Was there ever a time when both of them mentioned, “We’d fairly you not play soccer?”
A: I imply, from the leap, my momma by no means needed me to play soccer. She tried very arduous really to not let me play soccer. However I simply was cussed, and saved begging and asking, and he or she lastly let me in, and the remainder was historical past after that. … My dad by no means like essentially pushed me to play, however when he noticed how dangerous I needed to play, he was like, “Effectively simply let him play” or no matter. After which, she put me in flag soccer, and he or she thought that that would really like fulfill me, after which, it simply made me wish to play much more.
Q: What are your ideas on Damar Hamlin respiratory on his personal and talking?
A: God, man. God is sweet, for actual. I hope he absolutely recovers, not that soccer is vital, but when that’s his dream and he’s residing his dream, I hope he will get all the best way wholesome to the place he can play ball once more if that’s what he needs to do. I’m glad to see that he’s trying up, and I simply hope he retains trending up.
Q: What was the toughest hit you ever took?
A: I’ve taken some good ones in faculty [at Auburn]. … I’ve taken some photographs.
Q: What resonated with you about what senior VP of medical providers Ronnie Barnes mentioned to the crew on Wednesday?
A: He defined like principally what occurred to him, and he defined that just about that identical to this was a freak accident. This was one thing that was like one in one million, regardless of the odds are. It’s not like one thing that’s simply gonna occur week in and week out. This was very, very uncommon, and I feel that put lots of people relaxed.
Q: What resonated about what director of wellness and medical providers Dr. Lani Lawrence mentioned?
A: Most likely simply that she was there. For those who wanted her, when you had been having any sort of like psychological well being points or when you had been feeling any sort of means in regards to the state of affairs, she could be there. For those who wanted her, simply ask.
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Q: And chaplain Gian Paul Gonzalez?
A: He actually didn’t say too, an excessive amount of in regards to the state of affairs, however he prayed over him and his household. It was clearly a robust prayer.
Q: That is your fourth season as a Large. Why would you like to remain right here?
A: Been having fun with my time right here, I couldn’t actually let you know something as far on this constructing that I dislike. I like my teammates, I like this group, I like the best way it’s ran, I just like the meals we serve right here. Most of my gripes with being right here is about Jersey, the climate and stuff like that. However so far as being right here, being a Large, I don’t have any complaints.
Q: Do you assume you’ve proven sufficient to make them wish to preserve you when your contact ends after the season?
A: I feel so. I feel when you take my physique of labor since I’ve been right here, and also you take a look at what I’ve executed over 4 years I’ve been right here, I’d say so.
Q: For the primary time as a New York Large you’ll be within the playoffs carrying No. 86.
A: It’s been an extended street. It’s been a looong street. It’s rewarding in a way. I really feel like when you’re been right here in my draft class particularly … clearly once you’re drafted with a first-round quarterback [Daniel Jones], it has its personal standing and stipulation to it for any franchise, however you’re following up a Corridor of Fame, two-time profitable Tremendous Bowl quarterback, and I’m making an attempt to observe up Odell [Beckham Jr.]’s launch the yr earlier than — some heavy hitters, large sneakers to fill sort of deal for us, and clearly we weren’t very profitable our first yr and second yr, third yr. However I feel to come back full circle so to talk and have this fourth yr and have the success now we have, it’s been superior.
Q: Did you set strain on your self to observe Odell?
A: Nah, not likely, I by no means actually did. I by no means actually noticed myself as like … different individuals used to ask me after I was a rookie, “Do you see your self as Odell’s alternative?” However I used to be a fifth-round decide, I wasn’t picked to be the Odell alternative, that’s not what you draft a receiver within the fifth spherical for, so (giggle) I didn’t are available with like delusions of grandeur. However when you begin making performs like I did, clearly I perceive the place the narrative got here from, however I by no means tried to be him, needed to be him, he’s him. And to be sincere, be about unimaginable to duplicate in any case. Simply be the most effective me I might be.
Q: What do you hope Giants followers are saying about you now?
A: I hope they simply say that … he ain’t all the time been excellent, however he performs his ass off. No matter criticisms or robust instances I’ve been by way of, I really feel like I’ve all the time bounced again, I’ve all the time executed higher. I simply hope they’ve the impression of someone that don’t give up, someone that loves enjoying soccer and someone that’s gonna get higher.
Q: Did these criticisms gas your fireplace over time?
A: I feel any time you’ve criticism of your sport it does, however on the similar time, if the criticism is one thing that’s respectable, then it’s trigger for reflection. Perhaps someone’s saying one thing about you and possibly it’s true. Perhaps you do have to work on that, and that’s high-quality. Everyone has one thing they gotta work at. I don’t all the time take criticism as a detrimental factor.
Q: The place do you assume within the final yr you’ve made the most important enhancements?
A: I’ll most likely say consistency so far as getting open and catching the ball, simply doing every thing at a really constantly excessive degree.
Giants huge receiver Darius Slayton (86) catches the ball as Washington Commanders cornerback Christian Holmes (34) defends in the course of the first half on Dec. 4.USA TODAY Sports activities
Q: Who’re huge receivers that remind you of you?
A: Any individual like Davante Adams, although he’s most likely somewhat faster than me, I’m sooner than him, however so far as like our dimension, physique construct, I really feel like now we have an analogous body. We have now some components of our sport which can be comparable. … I’ve to say like a combination of individuals.
Q: Which different individuals?
A: Sort of an analogous body, Justin Jefferson. After seeing him in individual, he’s lengthy like I’m, actual lengthy man, lanky man. Once more, he’s most likely acquired somewhat extra wiggle than I do, I’m most likely somewhat sooner than him, however I’ll say we play an analogous model of soccer. …[Stefon] Diggs, I’d say is one other man that’s most likely in that 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 vary. Once more, most likely somewhat faster than me, most likely somewhat sooner, however all these guys are I really feel like round my dimension and now we have an analogous ability set.
Q: You simply talked about three elite receivers. How shut are you to that league and may you get there?
A: If you concentrate on it … they’re solely thought of elite receivers ’reason for what they’ve executed, proper? Like if Stefon Diggs had 500, 600 yards this yr, you wouldn’t be saying he’s an elite receiver. You’re saying he’s an elite receiver ’trigger he’s had 1,200 yards, Justin Jefferson’s acquired 1,700 yards, Davante Adams acquired 1,500 yards, that’s why you say they’re elite receivers. However on the finish of the day, traits are traits. If I can run and lower and leap identical to someone, operating and chopping and leaping is operating, chopping and leaping. It’s not any totally different. However their accomplishments is what makes someone an elite individual. That’s what makes individuals have this notion of them that they’re elite, however on the finish of the day, that doesn’t imply that our bodily means is any totally different, or a lot totally different.
Q: Do you assume you could be a Large Receiver 1?
A: For certain. For sure.
Q: Right here?
A: For sure. Anyplace.
Q: I assume it’s a must to have that confidence.
A: For those who ask Davante Adams, what would he say? Right here, there, the moon, the solar, ? Gotta consider that.
Q: Describe the assumption this crew has now in Daniel Jones.
A: In everyone you see glimpses, like “Oooh, if we may simply get extra of that, if we may simply get this constantly, if we may simply get that constantly.” Most likely one factor that’s understated for Daniel is when you take a look at different guys which can be succeeding within the league … We’ve had three head coaches and 4 [offensive coordinators] — it’s 4 individuals holding the mic speaking to you over his profession. That’s quite a bit. Particularly with one franchise. There’s 4 totally different voices, 4 totally different schemes, 4 totally different sport plans, 4 totally different those that see the sport otherwise that you just’re making an attempt to get on the identical web page as them. That in itself is a hurdle. Each single time it’s a must to get it. I feel we all the time knew he had the flexibility to be the man that he’s, and all we would have liked was the continuity and he simply wanted us round him to be there for him.
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Q: How a lot did all that impression you?
A: Rather a lot. Everyone’s totally different. Some coordinators, they like large guys, some guys like quick guys, some guys like large, sturdy. … You by no means understand how you match or how a coordinator sees you. And clearly as a receiver, that may have an effect on your targets, all these sorts of issues.
Q: What’s Daniel like within the huddle now in comparison with even final yr?
A: I feel he’s all the time been very regular. However I feel he’s simply gotten an increasing number of comfy with commanding the huddle, an increasing number of comfy with the second, an increasing number of comfy with getting guys to consider, getting guys to come back alongside, getting guys to make performs once we want ’em. I feel he’s simply gotten an increasing number of comfy with these issues as time has went on.
Q: Is there perception that he can take you guys far within the playoffs?
A: For sure. For sure.
Q: What do you want greatest about this crew?
A: Most likely relationships. Everyone will get alongside. There’s no pressure from one group to a different. I really feel like everyone simply is cool, and I really feel like that helps us quite a bit.
Q: Describe Saquon Barkley’s 2020 knee damage in Chicago.
A: It was a freakish damage. It was clearly disappointing on the time, you lose a again of his caliber, it’s not nice. Clearly felt dangerous for him.
Q: What impresses you most about him now that he’s again wholesome?
A: I feel he’s simply executed an excellent job of rising into the position, rising into being an elite again. Clearly everyone knows he can hit the house run. Me and him are form of comparable in that regard. I really feel like the explanation why we’re each identified is for hitting the massive performs. However clearly to be a very good participant, be an elite participant, you gotta make the mundane performs, too, constantly. And I feel that he’s executed a terrific job of embracing like, “All proper it’s third-and-3, let me simply get the 4. Get the primary down. “OK, it’s fourth-and-1, all proper let me push the pile, get the 1.” ’Trigger I do know myself, I do it too, is such as you all the time wish to hit the house run, you all the time wish to bust ’em for 60, bust ’em for 70, however realistically you may’t. I feel clearly as a again, that’s much more vital ’trigger typically you simply want 5 yards on first down. Now the entire playbook we will name no matter. I feel he’s executed a terrific job of rising into the place.
Q: What do you recall from watching Eli Manning from the sidelines as a rookie?
A: You be taught actually rapidly, bro, that there’s no means you’re closing the hole to someone like that in a few months. That’s the very first thing, it’s humbling. He is aware of a lot in regards to the sport. Typically it felt he may see the defensive coordinator’s play sheet typically. And it’s like, how does he know? What’s he seeing? What’s giving it away? You attempt to determine it out, however you simply can’t shut that hole in a few months, and even a few years.
Q: What do you wish to say about Sterling Shepard as a receiver?
A: Once I was a rookie, he was a terrific instance of form of just like the unwavering confidence it’s a must to need to be a high man, to be the No. 1 as individuals say. He was an excellent instance for me after I acquired to the league of like, “All proper, that is the way you’ve gotta assault the ball, it’s the way you gotta assault the sport.”
Q: Describe head coach Brian Daboll’s optimistic work setting.
A: Some coaches are like, you get in a gathering room or one thing, they don’t like desire a peep of noise, prefer it’s lifeless silent, you may’t say nothing. Let’s simply say we’re in between of two conferences, guys joke and giggle and speak and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, whereas different instances possibly previously the place you’d be sitting in between conferences it could be lifeless quiet. Folks ought to be capable to have their personalities. All that sort of stuff simply brings vitality, brings life into the room.
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Q: Describe your late grandfather, Maze Stallworth.
A: It began with him. An excellent man locally, nice man, nice coronary heart, nice household man. Clearly raised my mom to be an excellent girl. I by no means noticed my grandfather run clearly, however they are saying when he was younger, he was actually quick, my mom was quick, so (giggle) gave me velocity … simply so many issues he gave me that I’m grateful for.
Q: Out of your Instagram: “If sliced bread is the best factor ever, then what does that make the primary individual to slice bread?”
A: They gotta be a GOAT, proper?
Q: What’s your fascination with Outback Steakhouse?
A: I simply really feel prefer it’s a good meals institution that’s most likely understated.
Q: Why do you just like the hostile ambiance in Philadelphia?
A: I went to Auburn, man. Went to LSU, went to Alabama, went to Georgia. I’ve been getting booed for a minute now (giggle). I’m not new to boos.
Q: What was it like for you watching the NFL playoffs the previous three years?
A: You marvel what it’s like. You watch these atmospheres, these loopy video games, these shut video games, and I imply, you simply wish to know like what’s it wish to be in these sort of phases?
Q: What was the setting at Minnesota like on Christmas Eve once you performed the Vikings?
A: It was superior. I ain’t by no means been there earlier than, I don’t even know what Skol means, however they acquired it going when the dude began beating the drum.
Q: Would you welcome a rematch with them?
A: Yeah certain, they’re an excellent crew, it was a enjoyable sport, and clearly it was a enjoyable setting, enjoyable stadium to play in, so if that’s the place we land, let’s go do it.
Q: You misplaced to the 49ers, 36-9, in 2020 at MetLife Stadium.
A: That was not an excellent day for the Giants, that’s what I bear in mind. We didn’t play effectively.
Q: What are you most happy with about your self?
A: Most likely the truth that I simply keep regular. I feel most likely my complete time right here I’ve been regular. I’ve bounced again. I most likely have beat the percentages quote unquote some individuals would possibly say. I’m simply grateful the best way I used to be raised, and grateful for the flexibility God gave me.
Q: So when you had been the Giants GM, would you re-sign Saquon?
A: I imply, I’d tie him up and lock him within the basement if I used to be the GM.
Q: Would you signal Daniel?
A: For sure.
Q: Would you signal No. 86?
A: 1,000 p.c.