Giants cut Davis Webb, keep Darius Slayton — for now

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The last answers in the “will he or won’t he?” debates were answered Tuesday as the Giants made their cuts to hit the 53-player limit. For now, it’s a no to quarterback Davis Webb and a yes to wide receiver Darius Slayton.

For now.

Webb was waived despite a solid result this summer. Slayton was retained despite a training camp and preseason delayed by injury, as he seemingly didn’t get much traction with the new coaching staff. Both decisions are, of course, subject to change as the Giants are expected to be active on the waiver front and players who have made this cut won’t be there by the end of the week. This is very much the “initial” roster of 53 men.

Davis Webb and Darius Slayton
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This probably isn’t a goodbye for Webb, who could at least return to the exhibition squad unless another team wants to put him on its roster.

Sometimes a player does everything he can to make the team, but there is no place to put him. This is what happened to Webb. However, Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor are ahead of Webb on the depth chart, and given needs elsewhere, keeping three quarterbacks on the roster is seemingly not a move by the Giants.

“Relative to our roster management, we’ve moved there at this point,” said coach Brian Daboll. “I think Davis has done a really good job. We’ll see how that unfolds.”

This isn’t the first time Webb has been let loose by the Giants. He is a draft pick of the third round of 2017 and spent his rookie year on the exhibition squad. He didn’t make it to the team in 2018, clipped in favor of Kyle Lauletta, a design pick of a new front office regime.

Webb spent a year on the Jets’ training squad and the past three seasons with the Bills on their training squad. Those three years gave him a complete indoctrination into Daboll’s offensive system – Daboll was the offensive coordinator in Buffalo. That fame showed, as Webb completed 60 of 81 passes for 458 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in his three preseason games.

“I think with how he played in preseason and training camp, you see his comfort in the system and how well he knew it,” Jones said. “That was a big part of all of us to pick it up and learn and he’s been huge for that process.”

Taylor was forced out of the game last Sunday with a back injury, but Dboll said Taylor should be fine.

Webb, 27, has made no secret of his desire to start coaching, but he wants to extinguish his chances as a player before moving on.

Slayton survived this round of cuts, but it’s no secret that the Giants would trade him out if they can find a meaningful deal, given he’s counting $2.5 million on the salary cap and he hasn’t made a comfortable adjustment to Daboll’s passing attack. He has been delayed with a hamstring problem and was able to take the field for the preseason final.

“Yeah, we’ll see,” Daboll said of Slayton. ‘We’ll see where we are now. We had a good conversation with Darius about expectation and role. He has done a good job and we are delighted to have him.

“He had that little injury that he’s fighting through. Just before that injury for that week, Patriots week, he was doing well in training where you could see his pace and he was doing well with us.”

Slayton, 25, caught eight touchdown passes as a rookie in 2019 and had 98 receptions in the first two years before a dip last season. He knows he has been pushed back on the depth chart this summer and his name has come up in trade talks.

“Time will tell,” Slayton said. “I am here today, and hopefully here in the future. Obviously, I’d love to be here, chatting with Mr. Jones to continue playing. This is a great place. This is one of the best sports organizations in the world. I would love to be here.”

On the fact that he might be given away, Slayton said, “If people call them about me, it’s them. Obviously their job is to do what’s best for them. If the Rams call them and they say, “Hey, we’re giving you Aaron Donald for Darius Slayton,” I’d make that trade too. They answer the calls because that’s their job. I don’t take it personally, though.”

Daboll is the first head coach after 21 years as an NFL assistant. This was the first time he was the first to inform players that they had been cut.

“That relationship you build when you have to tell someone they didn’t make it,” Daboll said. “That’s always, at least for me, that’s difficult.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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