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Richie James potential could make Darius Slayton the Giants' salary cap cut

The eccentric way stands out. What on earth got into Richie James on the night of Nov. 5, 2020 when the nondescript third-year 49ers wide receiver threw nine catches for 184 yards and one touchdown in a loss to the Packers?

Prior to that, James had only 15 NFL career receptions.

"It didn't just happen. It just popped out of nowhere," James said after a recent Giants training session at his camp. "I think that game proved what I can do. If he throws the ball many times, he can score over 100 points in one game."

James He was targeted 13 times by backup quarterback Nick Mullens on his breakout show. Samuel, Kendrick Bourne and Brandon Ayuk are all out.

Ultimately, the performance wasn't exactly a breakout. James could only catch 14 more passes for the rest of that season and missed all of 2021 with knee surgery. His time in the Bay Area came to an end, and in late March he signed a one-year contract with the Giants. }

At least James is in the mix as a kickoff and punt returner. It might cut him short. James has been one of camp's most productive receivers all spring through this summer. At 5 feet 9 inches and 185 pounds, his body moves in and out wearing his 80 jersey number that Victor Cruz wore. He creates so many highlight movie moments. Roster changes should be expected to be all-encompassing in the first year for Shane and head coach Brian Daball. I'm new and James is new too.

And confident.

"I think weapons everywhere," he said. "That's how I feel. Hand me the ball in your hand. I'll show you what I can do. Whether it's [the yards after the catch] or catching the ball. I feel like I can do anything, be it handing the ball.” 2,959 yards and 20 touchdowns. But while he never gained a foothold in his offense with the 49ers, he did establish himself as a threat with the ball in his possession as he averaged 18.1 yards on his receptions in 38 careers. . He also recorded his 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as a rookie, and in 2019 he recorded an 81-yard return.

Is there a place for him on the Giants?Top 3 receivers His spots are set by Kenny Goladay, Kadarius Toney and rookie Wandale Robinson, almost all first rep on his team has earned Veteran Sterling, who underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, his Shepard is set to start the season on the physically unexecutable list. Returning he will have competition from C.J. Board, Collin Johnson, David Sills and newcomer Robert He Foster. Ultimately, it's up to Davor and his staff to choose between 26-year-old James and his 24-year-old Darius Slayton, who will enter his 4th season and play in the final year of his contract.

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His 2022 Salary Reached Nearly $2.6 Million His To justify the cap, we confirm details from Slayton. James joins with his $1 million against Cap. For a team with less than $5 million under his cap, it's no trivial matter that he'll save over $1.5 million by going with James instead of Slayton.

Slayton played but inconsistently this summer, a trait that developed after a great rookie year. James was the more impressive receiver in the early stages of camp.

In 2022 he will be on every detail of the NFL schedule:

," Slayton said. "As a receiver, you can't think about bad things because bad things will come to all of us at some point. You have to get over what's in your head and try to make the next."

James showed how quick he was by working with the second-team offense in the blue-white scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on Friday night. A 5-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor. Slayton worked with his Davis Webb and his third team.

James' movement on the field has an athleticism similar to that of Tony and Robinson. The run-minded 49ers native said he feels he has more freedom and opportunities on Davor's offense. He has special team values ​​as a returner, and if he proves he can meet the needs of the offense, James will get the role and the job. ' said James. "That's how I see it. Everyone tries to box me, but I don't box myself. Really choose your poison."