ALBANY, N.Y. -- Undrafted free agent David Douglas already endeared himself to head coach Tom Coughlin, and on Thursday he may have done so with the fans.
Douglas made the play of camp so far when he hauled in a 40-yard reception with one hand while falling down, despite tight coverage by Janzen Jackson.
Douglas is trying to earn a roster spot after playing four years at Arizona. The 6-1, 205-pound receiver went undrafted and drew interest from the Dallas Cowboys but chose to sign with the Giants.
“Obviously, they’re a great team and a great organization. I’ve always heard great things about Coach Coughlin and about [the Giants] building up young players,” Douglas said. “You see players like Victor Cruz that came up and got a shot while he was an undrafted free agent, and you’ve seen the things that he was able to do. The Giants do things the right way and it was a great opportunity to come up here.”
Douglas finished his collegiate career with 148 receptions, 1,542 yards (10.4 average) and 11 touchdowns. In 2011, he caught 62 passes for 666 yards and four scores.
Douglas has been displaying athleticism and good hands in camp. Check out his athleticism with a video of him going between the legs for a dunk.
Coughlin offered unsolicited praise of Douglas on Wednesday for getting off to a strong start and impressing in camp. On Thursday, Douglas found himself surrounded by media prior to camp.
“Yeah, to be honest I didn’t even know that until I came here today. A lot of being a rookie is just learning and taking it one day at a time and giving it your all at practice,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve got a lot of great guys to learn from so you just try to pick up as many things as you can and work hard every day.”
There have been more opportunities for receivers to shine with starter Hakeem Nicks on the physically unable to perform list, but Douglas said he isn’t looking too far ahead.
“Like I said, there’s a ton of great receivers on this team,” he said. “What I’m trying to do right now is just learn from them and give them my all and do my best. That’s really all you can do.”