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Getty Images Darius Slayton scores a touchdown in 2020.

New York Giants fans certainly had a honeymoon phase with Darius Slayton in his 2019 rookie season. The fifth-round pick caught 48 receptions for 740 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games while dropping just two passes.

Slayton would have 50 receptions in 2020 — two more than his 48 in 2019 — but in two more games.

His production went even further downhill last season, recording 26 receptions in 13 games. He also had six drops in each of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

There’s a reason to believe that Slayton is expendable, and the Giants showed signs of possibly moving on from him. According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, the Giants were shopping Slayton before the 2022 NFL draft.

When Sterling Shepard returns from his ACL injury, Slayton projects as the fifth wide receiver on the Giants offense, which features Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and second-round rookie Wan’Dale Robinson.

If Slayton were to be dealt, there’s a potential destination for the 25-year-old that could rub Giants fans the wrong way.

Trade Scenario Deals Slayton In-Division

Brian Martin of SB Nation’s Blogging the Boys wrote an article on “talented” wide receivers that the Cowboys could acquire via trade. The Cowboys lost wide receiver James Washington, who was carted off the field during a training camp practice on Monday, August 1. It’s believed to be a foot fracture, which would sideline him for six to 10 weeks.

One of the many receiver proposals is for Slayton.

Martin believes Slayton’s ability to catch the deep ball — likewise to Washington — is a reason why the Cowboys should trade for him.

“There have been rumors circulating that a couple of Giants receivers, Darius Slayton and Kadarius Toney, are being shopped to teams looking for more WR help,” says Martin. “As far as the Cowboys are concerned, both players could potentially help their own WR position. Slayton is a deep threat much like James Washington was before his injury, while Toney is more of a gadget player. Of the two, Darius Slayton probably makes the most sense.”

Dallas also traded wide receiver Amari Cooper in the offseason. They are already expecting Michael Gallup to miss the start of the season as he’s recovering from a torn ACL. Currently, the Cowboys’ top four wide receivers on the depth chart are Pro Bowler CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Tolbert, Noah Brown, T.J. Vasher.

Current Slayton Situation

While the Giants are currently in rebuilding mode, it’s not likely that the team would trade any wide receiver depth to the Cowboys, especially to a heated rival.

However, it was reported by Duggan that Slayton was running with the third-team offense in training camp. Slayton’s future in New York doesn’t look promising, especially with reporters that he could’ve been a surprise cut in June.

Still, there is a risk of injury at the receiver position.  the risk of injury at the wide receiver position. Golladay, Toney and Shepard have injury histories as all three missed time last season.

Slayton’s experience with quarterback Daniel Jones would make him a valuable option in that situation. The Giants likely wouldn’t be able to get much out of dealing Slayton as well.

It would make the most sense to see how he does during the first three preseason games and assess his future from there.

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This East Texas town had to boil its water on Thanksgiving as officials seek a solution to aging infrastructure

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ZAVALLA — The nearly 700 residents here must boil their water this Thanksgiving as the small East Texas town grapples with aging infrastructure that has left residents without safe water for 10 days this month.

The working-class town, 23 miles southeast of Lufkin, has had problems with its water system for years, but issues worsened this month when water pressure decreased so much that the city issued a boil-water notice on Nov. 14. Low pressure then turned into a complete stoppage for several days that caused schools and businesses to shut down. In trying to fix the problem, the city identified multiple infrastructure problems, including a malfunctioning vacuum pump and leaks in several water lines.

“It’s almost as if a tsunami has hit us,” said city councilwoman Kim Retherford. “It’s not given us any time to breathe.”

The situation in Zavalla is reflective of issues with water supplies statewide, as water infrastructure has aged and become increasingly vulnerable while the state’s population continues to grow. Rural towns in East Texas are particularly prone to issues with water quality and supply — according to data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, East Texas has experienced more boil-water notices in the past decade than any other area.

Rural communities’ water systems are often run by volunteers or city leaders who lack the technical knowledge to meet growing state and federal regulations. With limited funds, these communities also delay or forgo much-needed repairs.

“Everything you’re experiencing is a 20- or 30-year problem in the making that has come to a head,” Kelley Holcomb, Angelina & Neches River Authority general manager, said during an emergency City Council meeting this week. “You’re not going to get out of this cheap.”

In Zavalla, most of the city’s water has been restored, but the boil-water notice remains in effect. A lab in Nacogdoches will test water samples and determine if the notice can be lifted.

Angelina County Judge Keith Wright stepped in earlier this week and requested that the state assist Zavalla. The Texas Division of Emergency Management fulfilled the request, sending bottled water and deploying the Texas A&M Public Works Response Team.

Bert Nitzke, part of the team from A&M that formed earlier this year, said his team has repaired three leaks and is continuing to check all of the city’s water lines for a loss of pressure, which would indicate a leak.

At the emergency meeting this week, little progress was made in developing a long-term solution to the town’s water woes. The city’s public works director resigned this week, and few people in Texas have the particular license needed to work on the city’s largest well due to its close proximity to surface water.

At the meeting, the City Council voted to postpone assigning a contract to a licensed well-worker, and disgruntled residents expressed frustration.

“I work a lot of hours and all I want when I get home is a hot shower,” one resident said. “I’m here as a community member saying we don’t need to have this problem in the future. We need a team working on this.”

Community members suggested that the city apply for private grants to overhaul the entire water system.

Holcomb suggested that the city begin sourcing its water from Lufkin, a solution he said would take five years to implement.

“You’re not going to be able to solve your problems by yourself,” Holcomb said. “That stuff is old, it needs to be replaced — it needed to be replaced 20 years ago.”

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