In the sixth round of the NFL Draft, the Giants selected wide receiver Geremy Davis, a UConn product. Leading up to the draft, Davis was overshadowed by his hyper-athletic teammate Byron Jones, a cornerback selected in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys. But, Davis was able to put his name in the draft discussion after his pro day and hasn't looked back since.
During training camp, Davis has primarily gotten in work with the special teams units. At wide receiver, the Giants have several proven veterans ahead of Davis on the depth chart, but that doesn't mean Davis hasn't had his chance to capitalize. He spoke aboutbeing prepared for any role asked of him.
"One of the things my coaches used to say in the past, ‘You want to never know that the starting guy is missing,’" Davis said. "So I’m trying to make sure I do that good of a job, that you can’t even tell the difference. I’m just trying to fill in the role of some talented wide receivers, and just establish trust from the quarterbacks and just do my part."
With his performance so far, Davis has impressed special teams coordinator Tom Quinn. The Giants initially used Davis as a gunner on special teams, but throughout training camp, they have given him reps at several different positions on special teams.
"He’s progressing. He really works hard at it [and] he really has a lot of upside," Quinn said. "He didn’t do a lot of it in college, so a lot of it is new to him, but he has really taken to the coaching and he tries hard and works hard, so we’ve been pleased with him."
As a gunner, Davis is facing a challenge that he, and most younger players in the league, haven't faced during their college days. Quinn explained the difference between getting off the line as a wide receiver and as a gunner.
"Well, a lot of times as a gunner you have two guys standing in front of you, so you have to pick one and make that the battle," Quinn said. "You talk to David Tyree and you have to earn your money out there and a lot of young guys, it is a whole new experience and they really don’t do that much in college the way college is played, so it is a little bit of a transition."
Ironically, Davis has drawn comparisons to Tyree. The former Giants wide receiver and now the organization's director of player development, Tyree made his mark on special teams as a gunner and of course, became the hero in Super Bowl XLII against the Patriots. Both players played under coach Paul Pasqualoni at the college level and are not afraid to do the dirty work on the field. And, according to Quinn, Davis has understood that he will be utilized in several different roles as he continues to develop his game.
"We are starting him out (as a gunner) and he will play all four teams, which he did last week, and try and give him enough reps to show what he can do," Quinn said.
Those increased reps have helped Davis become more prepared if his name is called.
"Once someone gets hurt, you’re next in line," Davis said. "You never know, that second-string guy, if someone goes down in the first group, that preparation you did with second-string can help you out with first-string as well."
Davis and the Giants will look to rebound this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their second game of the preseason.