With all the pieces coming together,Giants.com has picked out a few players flying under the radar:
James is the type of player Giants fans root for. Undrafted out of Charleston Southern in 2013, James worked his way onto the 53-man roster in the middle of last season after paying his dues on the practice squad. He again will have proven veterans ahead of him in the secondary this year, but the team knows it has insurance on the depth chart. James has been a sponge since he joined the Giants and carries a confidence that allows him to make plays, some of which landed on our highlights from OTAs and minicamp.
After finishing third in the NFL in kick return yards and average, Demps isn’t under the radar as a specialist. But he is a player who will compete for snaps at safety with Will Hill no longer on the team. Meanwhile,
“His speed,” Merritt recently responded when asked what makes Demps ideal as the third safety. “His speed, his ability to actually change directions and burst. Quintin has played back in the post for most of his career. One of the things that he told me when he first arrived was, ‘Coach, I want to be down near the box.’ So when he said that I said, ‘Well you know what, I’m going to give you all of the tools to hopefully help you be successful down around the box.’ His speed, his ability to change directions and burst is one of the valuable assets that he brings to the table.”
In the middle of the new offensive coordinator search after Kevin Gilbride retired, the Giants signed Fells, a sixth-year vet with 71 games and 30 starts under his belt. Add in his 92 career catches for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns, and he has more production than the other three Giants tight ends combined. But, as we know, the Giants ask their tight ends to do more than catch passes. Enter