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The Take: Under the Radar players


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The Giants open training camp in less than a month, and competitions to make the 53-man roster will heat up across the board. For the most part, each position has a blend of new and old faces due to the active offseason of the personnel department.

With all the pieces coming together, has picked out a few players flying under the radar:**

CB Charles James* 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.*

Safety Quintin Demps** 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, Stevie Brown is still somewhat of a question mark coming off a major knee injury that kept him out all of 2013. Brown had an exceptional season the year before. Brown has been lining up opposite Antrel Rolle to make up the top safety tandem, but Demps will be close behind. Safeties coach David Merritt likes what he sees.

"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."**

TE Daniel Fells**
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 Kellen Davis, who comes to the Giants from the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. But when it's all said and done, Fells could rise to the top.

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