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Giants Now: Media lauds Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton

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Media lauds Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton

Giants training camp will officially kick off in one week.

With the buzz leading up to the 2023 season increasing, a few Giants wide receivers are garnering praise from the media.

Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson recently discussed some wide receivers that he believes are primed for bigger roles this season, including the Giants' Isaiah Hodgins.

"Hodgins ended up earning the best PFF grade on the team and didn't drop any of his 45 targets," Monson wrote. "Passes targeting him earned a 123.3 passer rating, the best on the team, and his four touchdowns tied for the lead among Giants wideouts."

Monson went on to say Hodgins earned "more looks in 2023 and there is little reason why doubling his output this season isn't a realistic aim for him."

After being claimed off waivers in the middle of the 2022 campaign, Hodgins came on strong for the Giants towards the end of the season. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound receiver caught a touchdown pass in four of his last five regular season games before adding another in the Wild Card win over the Vikings, a game that saw him erupt for eight receptions for 105 yards.

In eight regular season games (five starts) with the Giants, Hodgins reeled in 33 passes for 351 yards and the four touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Giants, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound receiver totaled just four receptions for 41 yards in three games with the Buffalo Bills.

Here is Monson's full list of wide receivers primed for bigger roles this season:

  • Isaiah Hodgins, New York Giants
  • Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Deonte Harty, Buffalo Bills
  • Garrett Wilson, New York Jets
  • Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints
  • Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns
  • Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans
  • Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs

View the best photos from wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins' time with the Giants.

Hodgins isn't the only Giants wide receiver garnering some love from the media.

CBS Sports' Jeff Kerr chose one player from every team who he believes is underappreciated around the league. For the Giants, the choice was wide receiver Darius Slayton.

"An underutilized pass catcher in New York after his rookie season, Brian Daboll found ways to use his talents again in 2022," wrote Kerr. "Slayton was the best wideout on a Giants offense that lacked pass catchers, finishing with 46 catches for 724 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a career-high 15.7 yards per catch."

Slayton's 15.7 yards per reception led the team and set a new career-high, just barely beating out his rookie season mark of 15.3. His 724 receiving yards were also the most on the Giants.

Since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound receiver has averaged 15.0 yards per catch. This ranks eighth in the NFL among players with at least 90 receptions, more than the likes of Mike Evans, Justin Jefferson, and Ja'Marr Chase, who are right behind him.

Slayton, who entered the NFL in the same draft class as quarterback Daniel Jones, has developed a nice connection with the Giants QB. In 49 games with Jones under center, the 26-year-old has registered 151 receptions for 2,209 yards and 11 touchdowns.

View the best photos of wide receiver Darius Slayton's time with the Giants.

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