Diamond in the Rough

The Grambling product was signed to bolster the special teams, but he's impressed the defensive coaches with his ability to pick up the defensive system and schemes.

Jim Fassel loves to inherit diamonds in the rough. His club may just have done so by unearthing Calvin Spears.

He's been one of the most talked about young players in camp. The Grambling product was signed to bolster the special teams, but he's impressed the defensive coaches with his ability to pick up the defensive system and schemes.

"It's been going real well, I'm learning as much as I can as fast as I can," Spears said. "Coming from NFL Europe I was behind everybody so I had to study up to catch up. As I see something, I'll get to know it better."

Even Spears has been surprised with the opportunity he's been given.

"At first I was thinking I'd have to make a heck of a play on special teams to even be noticed," he said. "I didn't think I would get any reps. But I got a chance to play a little safety and they see I can play a little safety. I have to work on my play at safety and be strong on special teams."

Spears started at free safety for the Frankfurt Galaxy and posted 34 stops and 3 INTs. However, he knows exactly how and why the Giants noticed him.

"I made 10 tackles on kickoff coverage," he said. "That'll get you noticed by anybody. Coach Fassel wants to beef up the special teams, they saw that and said, 'let's give this kid a chance.' "


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