Geremy Davis primed for impact season

Posted May 25, 2016

Giants WR Geremy Davis discusses his role in the team's 2016 offense:
When the NFL Draft arrives every year, fans and media obsess over the incoming rookie class and how those new players might be able to help their new team. Past draftees become forgotten. But often times, it takes drafted players time to develop at the NFL level and become impactful players.

That’s why it is often wise to look at recent draft classes to see what players might surprise as they have already had time to learn the pro game and develop into a professional. One player that fits that description is last year’s 6th round pick: Geremy Davis.


In looking at the wide receivers on the roster, Davis stands out immediately. Other than inexperienced rookies Anthony Dable (6-4 200 lbs.) and Darius Powe (6-3 200 lbs.), Davis is the biggest receiver on the roster at 6-2 and 217 pounds. If he can earn playing time, he has the potential to provide a unique target for Eli Manning when compared to Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris, who all are 6-0 or shorter and weight less than 205 pounds.

As a rookie, Davis was active for 10 games, but got snaps in just seven of them. He played only 36 offensive snaps during the season and didn’t catch a pass. He did record four tackles on special teams.

Despite not playing much, Davis did learn a lot his rookie season.

“Definitely being under Odell (Beckham), and even Vic (Victor Cruz), helping in the film room a lot,” Davis said. “They helped me from a technique standpoint, where to plant your foot, and body position on certain catches.”


No one doubts Davis’ raw skills. At the combine last year, he bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times, one of the best numbers amongst receivers. He also ran a 4.47 at his Pro Day. He had more than 70 catches and 1,000 yards receiving as a junior at the University of Connecticut. Now he has to put it all together.

Eli Manning is happy with the mental side of his game.

“Geremy is a bright guy,” Manning said. “He knows the offense very well. He studies hard. He’s really in tune with what his assignments are. He’s got great size. He’s one of our bigger receivers. You can move him around and put him in different spots. He’s going to be really keyed into what his assignment is, so that’s always helpful. Hopefully he can step up and get on a roll and make some plays for us come game time.”

Davis has been able to put a lot of work in this offseason to improve his craft since he doesn’t have to worry about preparing for the combine to help his draft stock.

“A lot more position specific,” Davis said. “I didn’t have to worry about running the 40 or doing the bench press. So I really put an emphasis on getting better at wide receiver, working on those technique things as I did during the season and carrying them into the offseason.”

If Davis wants to make the final 53-man roster and get a jersey on game day more consistently, he will also have to contribute on special teams. He knows how important it is.
“Special teams is a ‘want’ thing. Just going out there and doing it and putting all the effort into it. That’s also a technique thing, too, and I can apply the wide receiver stuff to what I do on special teams and apply it there.”

He thinks he has made a lot of progress from when he first came to the Giants last May to where he is today.

“Pretty much just growing as a player,” he said. “Growing as a receiver overall. I love playing the wide receiver position and I really want to max out the abilities I’m blessed with and be able to apply them on the field.”

With so many talented wide receivers on the roster, Davis will have to fight for everything he gets. But starting with OTA’s this week, and heading into training camp in the summer, he will have plenty of opportunities to show this coaching staff what he can do on the field. Now comes the hard part: taking advantage of it.