"It's all on the coaches," Demps said. "All I can do is go out there and make plays, go out there and produce. You guys were there on Saturday (Carolina game), you saw. I can't say who should be there and who should not be there. I just felt like when I went out there, I just gave it my all. And the rest is history."
Against the Panthers, Demps finished with three tackles, including a 13-yard sack, earning post-game praise from head coach Tom Coughlin. Demps looked to be back to his Baltimore self, when he ran around and hit everything in sight. Last year, he was clearly not fully recovered from the ACL surgery that ended his 2005 season prematurely.
When the Giants signed Demps before the 2006 season it was to be a starter, which he was all last season. However, when he arrived in Albany this summer, there he was running second-team behind the tandem of Gibril Wilson and James Butler. Demps said he never hung his head – nor complained.
"Of course, you're never going to be happy when you know you're going into camp and (thinking), ‘I'm going to go into camp, work with the 1s and just get this thing going,' " he said. "Of course you're going to be a little disappointed because you always hear that competitor in you, but I'm not going to sit there and say, ‘I'm just going to sit there, mope and be that second-team guy.'
Even though he might have had every reason to, Demps didn't sulk, even for a minute.
"Sometimes you felt like, just being where I've been, and starting my whole career, you would feel like it's your job to lose, but the coaches had the opportunity that they felt like they could go with (Butler)," he said. "I totally respect that. I never disrespected that once in the media and said ‘hey, that's unfair' or ‘that wasn't right.' "
After the solid display against Carolina, Demps, who posted a career-best 116 tackles last season, has now begun receiving some of the first-team reps, albeit not all of them.
"Because of the way he played, but it's still in and out, in and out," Coughlin explained. "The three of them (Demps, Butler and Wilson) are rotating around and getting some time that way. But yeah, he earned it by making some plays in the game, so the competition is good."
For now, Demps said that he just wants to let his play do his talking.
"I just feel that my play will speak for itself," he said. "I don't have to talk about it."
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