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Nate Burleson predicts breakout campaign for Darius Slayton

Darius Slayton is coming off quite an impressive rookie season. After missing the first two games of the year, the 2019 fifth-round pick went on to catch 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns, matching Tennessee's A.J. Brown for the NFL rookie lead in touchdown catches.

His eight touchdowns are tied for the third-most by a rookie in franchise history, two behind Bill Swiacki (1948) and four off Odell Beckham Jr.'s record set in 2014. He also ranks fifth in receiving yards and is tied for sixth in catches on the Giants' all-time rookie leaderboard.

Last year's 171st overall pick finished second among all rookies in touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards despite being the 18th wide receiver taken in the draft.

Earlier this summer, CBS Sports selected Slayton to its 2020 breakout team. Now, NFL Network is doing the same.

Former wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson chose Slayton as one of his second-year wide receivers primed for a breakout campaign in 2020.

"Slayton is the best wide receiver on the Giants, in my opinion," wrote Burleson. "I know Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard both missed time with injuries last season, but the fifth-round steal showed a lot of promise as the focal point of the passing game. This is an offseason in which veterans Tate and Shepard haven't been able to work on their connection with Daniel Jones. The guy Jones knows best is Slayton, the Giants' leader in receiving yards last season, so I'd expect the pair of Year 2 players to continue to grow together. Slayton looks poised for roughly 1,000 yards and 10 TDs."

Markus Golden re-signs with Giants

Outside linebacker Markus Golden – whose 10.0 sacks in 2019 were more than twice the total of any other Giants defender – re-signed with the team today.

Golden, 29, had been an unrestricted free agent. Soon after the NFL Draft in late April, the Giants placed a seldom-used unrestricted free agent tender on Golden. When he did not sign with another team by the first day of training camp, the Giants regained exclusive rights to his services for the 2020 season.

The reunion should be fortuitous for both the team and the player.

Golden, who is entering his sixth NFL season, rejoins a group of outside backers that includes three-year veteran Lorenzo Carter and second-year pro Oshane Ximines – who tied for second on the team with 4.5 sacks last season – free agent acquisition Kyler Fackrell, who had 10.5 sacks for Green Bay in 2018, and 2020 draft choices Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin. Golden has 29.0 career sacks. Carter, Ximines and Fackrell have a combined 29.5 sacks.

In his first season with the Giants in 2019, Golden was one of six players – including four on defense - to start all 16 games. He was one of 18 NFL players with at least 10.0 sacks. Golden was the first Giants player with a double-digit sack total since Jason Pierre-Paul had 12.5 in 2014 and the first Giants linebacker to accomplish the feat since Lawrence Taylor had 10.5 in 1990.

Golden had at least a half-sack in five consecutive games from Sept. 15 - Oct. 10 – including a season-best 2.0 sacks at Tampa Bay on Sept. 22 – to become the first Giants player with a streak that long since Olivier Vernon from Nov. 6 - Dec. 4, 2016.

Golden's 2019 stats included 72 total tackles (37 solo), 13 tackles for loss, 27 quarterback hits, 10.0 sacks, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown.

View photos of outside linebacker Markus Golden.

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