A tough Week 4 road matchup against the New Orleans Saints will be even more challenging on Sunday for the New York Giants. Days before their trip to the Caesars Superdome, New York ruled out wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
Both receivers went down during New York’s 17-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3. With both offensive weapons unable to practice this week, there was little doubt the Giants would rule them out before Sunday’s game.
Through three games this season, Shepard and Slayton have a combined 25 receptions for 350 yards and two touchdowns.
In their absence, quarterback Daniel Jones will have to rely more on Evan Engram, Kadarius Toney, and Kenny Golladay. While Golladay wasn’t listed with a game status for Week 4, he remains limited in practice with a hip injury and it could limit his effectiveness Sunday.
With the Giants’ leading receivers sidelined, there will be additional pressure on the aforementioned trio to step up. It’s been a slow start for each of them, with all three struggling to make a significant impact in the three games.
For the Giants to have any shot on Sunday, especially against one of the NFL’s best defenses, Engram and Golladay will need to step up in a big way. New York must also find ways to get the ball in Toney’s hands.
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has come under heavy scrutiny this week for the Giants’ lackluster offense. Now he’ll have to figure a way to spark the offense without two of their best players.