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Geremy Davis knows excelling on special teams is good for the team's future

UConn's Geremy Davis goes up for the pass

UConn's Geremy Davis goes up for the pass against Stony Brook on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Geremy Davis was already handed one indignation by the Giants.

The nameplate above his locker at this weekend's rookie minicamp misspelled his first name with an 'A' in place of the second 'E.' He laughed it off as a correction that will be made.

As for being pegged a special-teamer rather than an offensive weapon, Davis doesn't view it as a slight and is handling his new role as gracefully as the spelling gaffe.

"I don't think it's anything diminishing," the sixth-round pick from Connecticut said Saturday. "I just want to do anything to help the team win. Obviously I want to play wide receiver, but if my role is special teams I want to be the best special teams player I can be."

To that extent, he has been spending plenty of time with David Tyree. Before he was famous for making one of the most amazing catches in NFL history, Tyree was known more for his special teams prowess. He went to the Pro Bowl for special teams and has begun imparting some of that knowledge to Davis.

Things like how to bend when coming around the edge to try to block a punt, or how to handle the double-team blocks that a gunner will encounter running under a kick.

"He took honor in that," Davis said. "I'm trying to do the same thing, take pride in whatever role I have."

They also have a shared history. Paul Pasqualoni, who was Tyree's coach at Syracuse, was Davis' coach at UConn before returning to the NFL in 2014.

Davis hasn't played special teams since he was a redshirt freshman for the Huskies. Once he became a starter on offense, those responsibilities were taken away from him. But at 6-2 and a chiseled 217 pounds, -- he was mistaken for a defensive end when he had his shirt off at the Senior Bowl -- he could become a special teams weapon for the Giants.

"He's a little bit of an unknown," special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said. "I know he has good height, weight and speed coming out. He didn't do a lot of special teams coming out of college, but that's not unusual. We're excited to work with him and see what he can add to the mix."

"It's going to be a learning process, so I'm picking up everything pretty fast," Davis said.

And he sounded genuinely excited about being able to make a big tackle or even possibly block a punt, the kind of plays that can change the momentum of a game.

Could that be as satisfying as catching a big pass?

"If it's helping the team win," he said. "That"s the overall thing."

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