The New York Giants could use a big, strong possession-type receiver. Can 2015 sixth-round draft pick Geremy Davis emerge as that guy? Let's take a closer look at Davis as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp later this summer.
2015 Season in Review
Davis was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round. They hoped he would contribute heavily on special teams while learning the receiving ropes. The season ended up as a disappointment for Davis. He caught only two passes and was inactive the final six games while players like Myles White, Hakeem Nicks and Ben Edwards saw action on game days.
2016 Season Outlook
Davis is one of nine players on the current 90-man roster competing for what will likely be a pair of roster spots. His competition includes Anthony Dable, Myles White, Darius Powe, Roger Lewis, Tavarres King, Kadron Boone, K.J. Maye and Donte Foster.
Davis does have advantages in the competition. He was a draft pick, and that does count for something, He has a year in the system. He is a player who should be able to contribute on special teams after playing 121 special team snaps in 10 games as a rookie. Davis has size at 6-foot-2, 217 pounds that only Dable can match among the receivers.
Davis has seemed to start off well, making this catch Tuesday during OTAs.
Let's remember, though, Davis also caught everything thrown his way last year in training camp and the preseason. Right now, guys are in shorts and t-shirts and cornerbacks can't jam at the line of scrimmage due to the no-contact rules governing OTAs. Thus, receivers are largely getting free releases off the line of scrimmage.
The real question with Davis isn't whether or not he can catch. The real question is whether or not he can actually get open when players are in pads and corners can be physical at the line of scrimmage.
During an interview with me earlier this offseason, Davis said he recognized that he needs to get better.
"I know I have a lot of work to do, and I'm working on those things and just gotta keep on working. When you get the opportunity to produce you've gotta make sure you capitalize," Davis said.
"Increasing my athleticism in general, but then also working on the little fundamental things at wide receiver. ... Quickness to use on releases, just taking time out to do those little things.
"From a route-running standpoint, I just want to be able to work on my speed transition, just make a tighter transition. I'm a long strider, I'll have to work on the tempo of that at the top of the route."
While Davis' status as a player drafted by the Giants should give him an advantage, it should not guarantee him a roster spot. Fact is, he really didn't contribute as a rookie making only two receptions while playing 36 offensive snaps and not making any tackles on special teams. After three years of failure, the Giants must make every player earn his roster spot.
Davis has physical attributes and a special teams attitude the Giants can work with. Let's see if he shows enough improvement to get another chance.