When New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton took the field for rookie minicamp, things could not have possibly gone worse. The fifth-round pick appeared heavily overwhelmed and immediately suffered from a brutal case of the drops.

In fact, Slayton’s practices were so bad it had some within the organization thinking back to David Tyree’s pre-Super Bowl XLII practice where he dropped every pass thrown in his direction.

But rather than let his problem snowball, Slayton calmed his mind and returned his focus to memorizing the team’s offense. And by the time organized team activities began, the rookie seemed to have rounded things into shape.

Then came mandatory minicamp. That’s when Slayton exploded.

On nearly a daily basis, the rookie was seen making big-time plays all over the field, earning high praise from both his teammates and coaches alike.

“He’s done a really good job. I think we were all here during rookie minicamp when he kind of had the yips, drops and what not. He’s really smoothed it out and he’s been making plays. He’s the first guy that comes to mind,” head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters when asked who made the most offseason strides.

By the time OTAs came to a close, Slayton had earned himself first-team reps, which is a far cry from where he began. And needless to say, that caught the attention of many onlookers, including ESPN, who recently named Slayton one of the league’s surprise offseason standouts.

The fifth-round pick’s first impression was downright scary. He had the yips on the first day of rookie minicamp, dropping five passes. But he did more than bounce back. He impressed greatly, especially with his ability to get open and make plays downfield. It seemed as if Slayton was catching a deep ball every day when practicing with the veterans. It prompted coach Pat Shurmur to call Slayton the “most improved” player he saw this spring. Slayton has a chance to make an impact this season. The Giants are looking for a down-the-field threat to complement Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate.

In the absence of Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants are certainly in need of a deep threat. If they can find that solution in Slayton, it will go a long way in solving one of the few remaining offensive concerns.