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September 8, 2013 @ 9:06 pm
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Demps To Report To Buccaneers On Monday

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PewterReport.com is reporting that running back Jeff Demps will leave track and field for the rest of 2013 and focus on football, reporting to the Buccaneers on Monday. Demps will join the Buccaneers’ battle for the backup running job behind starter Doug Martin.
PewterReport.com is reporting that Olympic sprinter and Tampa Bay running back Jeff Demps is set to report to the Buccaneers on Monday. Demps has been participating in track and field season during the summer and was excused from Tampa Bay's training camp and preseason games.

Demps, who has world class speed and played football and ran track at the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville, is expected to compete for a reserve running back spot behind starter Doug Martin with the likes of Brian Leonard, rookie Mike James and Peyton Hillis. Demps, who returned kicks and punts at Florida, could also be put into the return mix with wide receiver Eric Page.



It is believed that Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has a special offensive package for Demps that would take advantage of his speed and skill set as a runner and receiver, and that Tampa Bay views him as a Tavon Austin-type threat.



The Bucs acquired Demps in a trade with New England that sent running back LeGarrette Blount and a seventh-round draft choice to the Patriots in exchange for a sixth-round pick and the former Gators speedster on the third day of the draft. Tampa Bay had tried to sign Demps last summer after track and field was over, but he opted to join the Patriots instead. New England wanted to trade him this offseason, as head coach Bill Belichick wanted him to exclusively play football for the Patriots.



“[Football] was an uncertainty,” Demps said prior to joining the Patriots. “I was just focused on running and competing in the Olympics. Once all that stuff was over I was ready to come back to the game. I just want to fit in and help the team out.”



Demps played in three preseason games last year in New England and had nine carries for 56 yards, including three-carry, 41-yard game against Tampa Bay that featured a 29-yard run. He also had three catches for 31 yards in the preseason before being placed on injured reserve on August 31 with a minor knee injury.



The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Demps, who has run the 100-meter in a time as fast as 10.01, did not sign with an NFL team after going undrafted in April 2012 because he wanted to focus on training for the 2012 Olympics at the time. Demps ran in the qualifying preliminaries in London, but did not run in the finals and earned a silver medal in the 4x100 meter relay team.



Blessed with 4.2 speed, Demps has experience on offense and in the return game as he finished as Florida’s eighth-leading rusher with 2,470 yards on 367 carries, a 6.7 average, and 23 touchdowns on the ground. As a receiver out of the backfield for the Gators, Demps nabbed 57 passes in his career for 481 yards, an 8.4 average.

The Bucs had Demps report after Week 1, so that his 2013 salary would not be fully guaranteed. The team has allowed him to participate in track, but will get the opportunity to let him practice with the team with a one-week roster exemption before deciding whether to active him to the 53-man roster.

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    Go Forrest, GO!
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    jets defense is better then saints D right now I think the bucs are at right time to play saints if they keep it close they can win the game
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    Demps will only help, if we have to cut Schiano to make room for him on the roster.
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    Nice one buctebow!! :-) I'm sure we could find many posters on this site (including myself) who would volunteer to take over for Schiano in your scenario!
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    This guy was a huge star @ U. of Florida...in both football and track. I'd put him @ 3rd WR right now...any help we get is welcomed.
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    Better is always better, even if it's only a little bit. I know it seems obvious, but people seem to forget that sometimes and take the mentality of "Well, if it doesn't make the situation a LOT better then it's not worth my time". Demps has plenty of college experience as a productive football player and he happens to be really fast. If adding him makes this team better even if it's only a little bit, we need him. As we saw from yesterday even being a smidge better can be the difference between winning and losing.
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    Scubug is right. Demps is a football player who runs track; not a track star trying to play football.
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    @jongruden: he can play, has some skills, and speed kills. Thats why, you could be high, on him. And speed is clearly sth. that is lacking on our offense.. even pre-snap
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    I love how people says "he is fast so he will be good" this is just hilarious to me this morning I needed this laugh after yesterdays game
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    Sorry but letting Underwear go before Ovaltine was a mistake. They need to put Underwear back in the wash & take Ovaltine out he's done!
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    He could be that quick outlet option for Freeman, that was missing. Hope that Carl Nicks and Crabtree are healing well. Dotson, Penn, Nicks are better suited for pass blocking, aren´t they? Why are the Bucs are Run First mentality team - in a passing league?
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    Well, Hell, that changes everything! (I wish). I think Page is doing a pretty good job.... Yeah, I agree, he'd be an impact player as a WR3 (not entirely out of the question, actually, he did get actual playing time as a Gator). Honestly though, I'd suggest we try to resign Underwood for WR3.
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    Demps To Report To Buccaneers On Monday ---------------------------------------------------->Crown Us!
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    Garv: I can sing it. Hey kids, what time is it? "It's Howdy Doody time, it's Howdy Doody time" Garv, I'm sure these young guys have no idea who Howdy Doody is. We sure looked like Clarabelle was running the show at times. I remember Jeff Demps well. This track star is also a skilled football player in the Darren Sproles mold. I was expecting a two week roster exemption. I don't think there's any doubt that he is put on the 53 man roster albeit inactive for a while.
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    the'll let go feeman let gellan get practice ,they need A qb,first round
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    you must not of seen or been A gator fan. Demps is the man. he could be punter,rb and wr.
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    I say bring him on. He's a speedy guy. Maybe we could use him to run plays on and off the field when the headsets aren't working. Because the back-up system we're using now is obviously not working!
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    I will say this, all the issues with how the team played aside, the one thing the offense does not have is someone with deep speed. If they can convert him into a slot WR and keep those safeties out of the box, then he could have some value.
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    Whoop dee doo. Unless he has a lot more to offer than being fast, his coming in now with no practice time, not being in football shape and being unable to block, tackle or sing Howdy Doody Time means squat to me. Carl Nicks reporting to practice.......THAT would mean something. Same goes for Crabtree.
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    find a way to transform him into the 3rd receiver... sure it's not his position, but WR3 was painful to watch.
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    Maybe he will be a Returner that can make some things happen. It sounds like he could develop into something. We have to get something out of the Blount trade that is worthwhile. Blount looks pretty good so far in a Patriot uniform.
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    Too late to do any good. We have much bigger problems, but maybe there's a miracle out there somewhere.
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    We have more problems than having Demps can resolve. But, why not dress him out? Speed without having the ball is just speed.
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    Big deal! On the other hand can he play QB?
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