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NFL details protocols for players' return to team facilities

The NFL is gearing up for the return of players to team facilities. On Monday, Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memo to all teams detailing protocols that must be followed upon the return of players in the building.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero shared some of the protocols that teams must abide by, including physical distancing, facility cleaning and disinfecting, equipment cleaning and more.

As Pelissero notes, some highlights include:

  • Locker rooms must be reconfigured to permit players being six feet apart
  • Meetings must be conducted virtually when possible
  • Helmets, shoulder pads, etc. must be disinfected after every game
  • Masks are required at all times except if it interferes with "athletic activities"

Darius Slayton named to CBS Sports' Year 2 breakout team

Darius Slayton put together an impressive rookie campaign. After the Giants selected him with the 171st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Slayton went on to catch 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games with nine starts.

The fifth-round pick finished second among all rookies in touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards despite being the 18th wide receiver taken in the draft.

CBS Sports' Josh Edwards put together a list of 22 players entering their second year in the NFL that are poised for a breakout performance in 2020. Slayton made the breakout team along with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

As Edwards writes, "Slayton burst onto the scene with 48 receptions for 740 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. With another year in the system alongside quarterback Daniel Jones, the Auburn product should be even more productive. During the first half of the season, he was consistent but it was not until the second half that he really posted some impressive statistical days."

View the best images from Darius Slayton's breakout 2019 campaign

Dalvin Tomlinson, Kevin Zeitler graded highly by Pro Football Focus

Dalvin Tomlinson has been one of the most consistent players for the Giants over the last three seasons.

Since being selected as a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, Tomlinson has started all 16 games every year. He was named to the Pro Football Writers Association's All-Rookie team in 2017 before recording a career-high 59 tackles the following season. The defensive tackle registered several new career highs in 2019 after finishing with 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits and one forced fumble to go with his 49 tackles (23 solo).

In addition to filling up the stat sheet, Tomlinson has garnered praise for his performance in the run game from Pro Football Focus.

Tomlinson is not the only Giant to be recognized for his strong play by PFF.

Kevin Zeitler was a first round pick by the Cleveland Browns back in 2012. In his rookie campaign, Zeitler started all 16 games and wound up being named to the Pro Football Writers Association's All-Rookie Team. The offensive lineman has started all 16 games in five of his eight NFL seasons and has missed just one game over the last five years.

The Giants acquired Zeitler in a trade during the 2019 offseason. The veteran guard performed well in his first season with Big Blue, starting 15 games and earning a 76.4 overall grade from PFF after allowing just three sacks on 991 total offensive snaps.

PFF recently praised Zeitler for his strong, consistent play over his eight seasons as the analytics site recognized him as one of the top o-line performers in the passing game.

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