One of the bright spots for the New York Giants last year was the play they got from the safety position. Veteran co-captain Antrel Rolle had perhaps the best season of his career, and second-year safety Will Hill finally showed the potential that scouts have been raving about since his high school days.
New York also has 2013 fifth round draft pick Cooper Taylor and 2012's surprise hero Stevie Brown in reserve; safety is one position in which the team has plenty of depth. You can understand, then, why the signing of free agent safety Quintin Demps went under the radar. Demps isn't a sexy name, and safety isn't a position of need.
However, for a defensive coordinator like Perry Fewell who likes playing as many as three safeties at one time, there's no such thing as too much depth. Plus, the Giants are catching Demps coming off the best season of his career in which he played in all 16 games for the Chiefs while making a career-high four interceptions.
It's been a long time coming for Demps, who was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the Eagles. Out of the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was a first-team All-Conference USA selection, Demps was expected to be an impact contributor in the secondary, but he was let go by Philadelphia after just two NFL seasons.
After a short stint in the United Football League, Demps returned to the NFL with the Texans in 2010, and since then, he hasn't looked back. Over the past four seasons, he's increased his number of games played from just two in 2010 to all 16 in 2013. The four picks Demps recorded last season were more than his total from the five previous seasons.
It doesn't seem as though Demps desperately needs the NFL, though. While still in college, he founded his own independent music label, and he's continued balancing his love of music with his football career ever since.
In 2012, Demps created Purpose By Faith, a label that blends hip-hop music with Christian faith in an effort to inspire children and young adults. Hip-hop doesn't always have the most wholesome messages, but Demps has found a way to use the format to make the world a better place.
Football players with other careers "on the side" are often viewed as having something distracting them from the goal of winning a championship. By signing Demps, the Giants are betting on him continuing his trend of improved performance from the past four seasons. The growth of his record label hasn't interfered with Demps' work on the football field.
The world can always use more role models, and Demps appears to be one of those. In addition to being a musician, Demps is known to be a motivational speaker who visits churches and youth groups during the offseason. At the very least Demps brings a positive influence to the surrounding New York Metro community, a strong locker room leader for Big Blue and reliable third safety on the Giants' depth chart.