One part of Jalin Hyatt’s development stands far above the rest.
The Giants’ rookie receiver kept repeating it, and is steadfast that improving it is what will allow him to see more playing time and targets from quarterback Daniel Jones.
“Just getting open consistently, putting it on film so [Jones] sees it and understands that,” Hyatt told The Post after practice Saturday in preparation for Monday night’s game against the Seahawks. “That’s what I’m working towards, just being consistent. That’s how you get on the field. I just want to make plays to get [Jones] to trust me more, that’s something we have to get done, that’s the new part.
“It doesn’t matter how many targets I get or if the ball comes to me or not, I just want to show on film that I’m being consistent.”
Hyatt, whom the Giants traded up to draft in the third round, owns the team’s biggest play this season despite his limited action, a 58-yard reception that helped turn the tide of the Week 2 comeback win over the Cardinals.
His other catch in that game, a 31-yard reception, marks the Giants’ second-longest play so far.
But Hyatt does not have any other receptions other than those two.
He has been targeted just one other time and was not targeted at all in the Giants’ Week 3 loss to the 49ers after what appeared to be his breakout moment against the Cardinals.
He’s played sparingly, on the field for 36, 21 and 32 percent of offensive snaps in the three games, respectively.
“The obvious things are, everybody knows, he’s a vertical threat for us,” receivers coach Mike Groh said. “It starts from there and then you kind of work back from there. But I don’t think there’s a limitation on any of the things he can do. He’s just a young receiver in the NFL. You see most of these guys when they come in, very few of them come in and step in and be like ‘OK, bam.’ I hesitate to say learning curve, because he knows what to do. It’s just getting out there and learning the NFL game.”
For someone as fast as Hyatt, speed is ironically what he most needs to learn about the NFL. He pointed to how quickly opposing defensive backs get to the ball as his biggest adjustment.
Though Hyatt is still searching for consistency on the field, he’s found it in his demeanor off the field.
Now, one needs to lead to the other.
“Throughout my football career a lot of guys were not playing a lot,” Hyatt said. “They get down, or they don’t trust people. But for me, I have full trust in [head coach Brian Daboll] and Coach [Mike Kafka, offensive coordinator] and Coach Groh, and everything that we’re doing here. … I believe in this plan, I can’t wait to keep showing that I can make plays and keep showing that I can consistently get open.”