Buccaneers running back Jeff Demps talks about his excitement for the team's night practice at Raymond James Stadium on Friday and talks about two of the most impressive running backs in training camp in the third installment of Demps'
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Tampa Bay running back Jeff Demps enters the Buccaneers’ 2014 training camp trying to win a roster spot by using his world-class speed to make an impact on offense and special teams. Demps, an Olympic sprinter who is known as the fast man in the NFL, is in the mix for playing time at running back, which might feature the toughest competition of all the positions in Tampa Bay, and he is vying to be the team’s kick returner in 2014.
The former Florida Gators star gives PewterReport.com an exclusive look into his training camp battle with other talented Buccaneers in Jeff Demps’ Training Camp Diary as told to Scott Reynolds.EXCITED FOR BUCS' NIGHT PRACTICE
Today wasn’t one of my best days. I flew around a little bit, but didn’t get to do anything noteworthy. It was an okay practice for me. The offensive line is doing a really good job opening up holes for us and protecting. The quarterbacks are doing a really good job finding the open receivers. The running backs are running around pretty good. I think everybody on offense is doing his job. It’s coming together.
It’s great to see Doug Martin back at full speed. He’s a great football player and you can see the things that Doug does well when he’s in the game. As far as catching the ball, everybody has some drops every once in a while, but that’s behind him. He’s really been catching the ball well all the way from OTAs and the mini-camp through training camp.
Bobby Rainey, my roommate, has also been looking really good in camp. He’s had two really good practices back-to-back. He’s running the ball hard. I’ve talked to him last night and he felt like he had one of his better practices yesterday. He really wanted to follow that up and come out here and show what he’s got again. He did that today – running hard and fast.
So this is my first NFL training camp. I didn’t make it for camp the past two years. I’m one week in and my body is getting kind of tired and sore. We’ve only had one day off. It’s human nature to be tired. Everyone is right now with all of the running and hitting we’re doing right now.
We have a night practice tomorrow night that I’m really excited about. It’s at the stadium and I’m really pumped up about that. It’s going to be like a game atmosphere. If you don’t have that adrenaline rush heading into tomorrow night there’s something wrong with you. And it’s it night, so it will be a lot cooler for us.
I’ve always felt like I can run faster at night for some reason. It’s always been that way since I was younger. Everybody I know feels like they are faster at night.
Speaking of fast, our whole defense is fast. Everybody flies around from the starters up front on the D-line to the linebackers to the secondary. It’s just speed all around. Our defense has been making it hard for us in practice, that’s for sure.
Our strong safety, Mark Barron, has really caught my eye. He’s caught a pick every day in practice it seems. He’s really making some big plays and he’s been doing well. He’s going to have a good year. The whole defense as a unit, it’s crazy how fast they are and how they fly around.
Lovie Smith is a defensive-minded coach and he brings credibility to our team and to the building. I’ve seen him coach from afar, and now to actually get to play for him is unbelievable. He tries to give you something to put in your toolbox as a player every day. He’s very knowledgeable. You can’t help but learn from him because he’s got so much credibility.
As a team we’re focused on Phoenix. That’s our main goal – to get to Phoenix. We’re keeping our eye on the prize. You see NFL teams go from worst to first. Everybody here is very confident.
Last year wasn’t one of the best years around here. Everybody feels like we should have won more games than we did. Everybody is hungry. It’s going to be tough, but we feel like we can do. We feel like we are one of the best teams in the league. We just have to come together and do it.
It’s a great atmosphere in our offensive meeting rooms. We’re one unit, one team. It feels good. There’s not one guy that is feels like he’s the X factor. Everybody plays his role on our team and that’s how we look at it.
[Offensive coordinator] Jeff Tedford teaches us a lot and lets us know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. I feel like it’s easier for us to learn that way instead of somebody screaming at you. Instead of it being crammed down your throat, he’s teaching us his offense in bite-sized chunks, which helps.
I want to invite all the fans out tomorrow for the night practice. This is my first night practice in Tampa Bay, so I’m excited. It’s going to be electrifying. It’s going to be a good one. I want to make sure everybody comes out and shows their support for us. We’re working hard for you.Follow Jeff Demps’ Training Camp Diary exclusively on PewterReport.com and follow Demps on Twitter at @jeffdemps7
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