If the Buccaneers are interested in keeping Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps close to home, they’re going to have a little competition.
According to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Jets are among the teams to reach out to him.
Much like wide receiver Josh Gordon saw his stock rise in the Supplemental Draft because he was the only player worth drafting and got all the attention (leading the Browns to use a second-rounder on him), so to is Demps garnering much more interest now because he’s the only new name of note available.
If he hadn’t spurned NFL interest prior to the Olympics, someone might have used a late-rounder on a Florida running back with world-class speed. If he slipped through the draft, he’d have been a priority free agent, the kind of guy with one exceptional quality that teams are willing to throw a few signing bonus dollars at.
Then again, the Jets already have a hybrid player with incredible physical tools, who knows him well. Demps played two seasons alongside Tim Tebow with the Gators.
That’s right, you didn’t think there was going to be a Jets story without mentioning him, did you?