When Quintin Demps visited the Giants late last week, his dinner company consisted of head coach Tom Coughlin, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and special teams coach Tom Quinn. With that crew on the recruiting trail, it almost went almost without saying what the Giants had in mind for safety/kickoff returner. “I’m a fan of the game and I’m pretty sure we all know they could use some help in that area,” Demps said in a press release distributed by the Giants after he signed a one-year deal with the team. “That’s kind of why they signed me. I’m here to do my part, play my role and hopefully help them win a championship.” Demps averaged 30.1 yards per kickoff return last season. That was third-best in the NFL. The Giants finished 27th on kickoff returns with an average of 21.2 yards. But less than 48 hours after securing Demps' services, the Giants also signed return specialist Trindon Holliday. The former Broncos kick and punt returner averaged 27.7 yards on kickoffs this past season. He also returned one for a touchdown. For Demps, 28, this is nothing new. He’s has to battle for playing time since the moment he was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of UTEP by the Philadelphia Eagles. That's part of the reason he recently started a record label 'Purpose By Faith,' which provides faith-based inspiration messages through music. He wants to share some of the lessons he's learned along his sometimes turbulent road to the Giants. It's not going to get much easier with his new team. Holliday is serious competition. But Demps still expects to return kickoffs.
Quintin Demps still expects to be Giants' kick returner despite Trindon Holliday signing
Newark Star-Ledger | Mar 20