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Demps drawn to “family-based” atmosphere in New England

London Olympics Athletics Men AP

Running back Jeff Demps chose not to play for the Buccaneers, but that hasn’t kept him out of Tampa.

He’s there with the Patriots for joint practices in advance of the teams’ upcoming preseason game.  And he addressed for the first time the process that prompted him to choose New England over Tampa.

“Once I talked to the Patriots I got the feeling that that’s where I wanted to be,” Demps said, via PewterReport.com.  “Everything was family-based.  It was like I was already part of the team.  It wasn’t hard for me to decide to go with the Patriots.”

The ability to make the team also likely was a factor, given that the depth chart in New England will be easier to navigate.

Demps, who won a silver medal in London, said he has been focused on track since Florida’s January 1 bowl game.  “I haven’t touched a football since then,” Demps said.  “Today was my first time.  We still have a long way to go.  I’m just going to come out each and every day and work harder.”

The presence of other Florida players influenced Demps as well, and the Urban Meyer/Bill Belichick connection undoubtedly helped Belichick get excited about the possibility of signing Demps.

Along with his 4.2-second speed in the 40-yard dash.  That’s the kind of talent that could help the Pats finish one step higher than silver in 2012.

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52 Responses to “Demps drawn to “family-based” atmosphere in New England”
  1. getyourownname says: Aug 22, 2012 1:48 PM

    And he will be a valued part of the family for so long as he is considered to be contributing to its win total.

    Is any coach quicker than Belicheck to cut someone he thought wasn’t performing well enough?

  2. jmp527 says: Aug 22, 2012 1:50 PM

    Is there a reason he didn’t have to sit out until next year or enter this year’s supplemental draft (which he obviously missed)? I have yet to hear the explanation

  3. muir6 says: Aug 22, 2012 1:51 PM

    1hit he is out or season

  4. ottomanismydog says: Aug 22, 2012 1:57 PM

    jmp527 says:
    Aug 22, 2012 1:50 PM
    Is there a reason he didn’t have to sit out until next year or enter this year’s supplemental draft (which he obviously missed)? I have yet to hear the explanation

    ——-

    I believe he was entered in the draft last year (2011), but he made it clear that he was going to run track. so no one picked him. Since he wasn’t picked it would make him a free agent, just like any other player in the draft.

    The NFL doesn’t have alternative leagues to play in (european hoops NBA, juniors NHL, latino leagues MLB) so this isn’t typically an issue.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 22, 2012 1:57 PM

    If Chris Rainey and this guy both latch on for a fairly long career, it’ll be fun to compare their stats given their similar attributes.

  6. professorcolumbus says: Aug 22, 2012 1:59 PM

    I am so tired of seeing the same stupid “he should have to sit out” comments. He was eligible for the draft. He didn’t get drafted because he said he was focused on track and was not going to play football immediately. Please stop.

    Why do those comments keep getting past the mods, when so many legitimate, posts somehow don’t pass the ‘screening’ process?

  7. patriots123456 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    Right now kick returning is the weak link on the Patriots.

    If he can deliver it would be a huge upgrade for the Pats.

    Time will tell.

  8. sj39 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    I think he’s a little light in the loafers.

  9. bleedgreen11 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    jmp527 says: Aug 22, 2012 1:50 PM

    Is there a reason he didn’t have to sit out until next year or enter this year’s supplemental draft (which he obviously missed)? I have yet to hear the explanation

    —-

    maybe you should learn how football works. he wasn’t drafted which made him a free agent, free to do as he pleases. This happens ALL the time.

  10. all4patriots says: Aug 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    I think he was eligible to be drafted, but he had told everyone he wasn’t interested in doing any interviews. workouts, the combine, OTAs, nothing at all until AT LEAST after the Olympics, and maybe even after that he might just stick to track.

    Everyone got scared off by the uncertainty.

  11. cylondetector says: Aug 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    Why would the depth chart be easier to navigate in New England?

  12. tuckersmith001 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:06 PM

    @jmp527 Demps didn’t declare for the draft. No different than any other rookie free agent. Look no further than the Pats’ own Brian Hoyer, I suppose.

  13. smith62477 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    jm527, he was a senior and was automatically available for the NFL Draft. He didn’t get drafted thus he became a UFA. Not that hard to look up.

  14. srmainsworth says: Aug 22, 2012 2:10 PM

    @jmp527

    I was eligible for the 2012 Draft he just wasn’t drafted because he had announced he was focusing on the Olympics. So once he was done with that he was like any other undrafted FA

  15. bucrightoff says: Aug 22, 2012 2:32 PM

    I was gonna say how is it easier to navigate the depth chart for him? As an offensive option, he’s behind at least Welker, Gronk, Llyod and Hernandez, maybe even Branch and Gaffney. Might be easier to get some more carries as a RB, but even then he’s gotta pass Ridley and Woodhead.

  16. selgaeinla says: Aug 22, 2012 2:40 PM

    Wait until he tries to get a real contract out of the “family”.

  17. randallflagg52 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:44 PM

    Demps drawn to “family-based” atmosphere in New England.

    ==================================

    Demps couldn’t help but be reminded of his own family, where his father (belichick) would gather the family (team) and show his world famous home movies (other team’s practices).

  18. yahmule says: Aug 22, 2012 2:45 PM

    The Manson Family.

  19. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 22, 2012 2:50 PM

    I hope the Jets moonwalk all over this kid HEE HEEE

  20. axltcu says: Aug 22, 2012 2:57 PM

    It’s pretty obvious why Demps would be able to navigate the depth chart easier with the Pats if you actually look at their rosters. Tampa is going to be using a two back attack with Blount and first rounder Doug Martin. Plus he would be the 7th back on the roster. He would have to battle four other players to be the 3rd back. In comparison, the Pats have only 4 other RBs to compete with in an offense that uses backs in a more situational rotation. He would have by far more opportunities for touches in Pats camp.

  21. patriots123456 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:01 PM

    If this guy makes the PATS it’s going to be because of his kick returning ability.

    Bill has mentioned numerous times this year that they are LACKING in kick returning.

    If he can play special teams or other positions great. But there is an opening for a good kick returner on their team right now.

  22. realitypolice says: Aug 22, 2012 3:01 PM

    @getyourownname:

    Yeah, that struck me as odd, too. Ask Richard Seymour about what a “family” the Patriots are. Or for that matter, ask Wes Welker.

  23. daysend564 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:05 PM

    Family based…if you mess up, Billicheat lets you go cut your own stick (coach or player).

  24. backindasaddle says: Aug 22, 2012 3:11 PM

    “wait till he try’s to get a contract out of the “family””

    He’ll get a contract. He just won’t get a wreckless, ill-considered or inflated contract. He’ll get a contract that compensates him according to his value to the team and that also is structured to work fiscally for the Pats. The Krafts are excellent business people…. probably the best business people in the league. Being smart with business, contracts and money management is one of the reasons the Patriots are perpetually competing for the Suer Bowl year in and year out.

  25. pats777 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:11 PM

    Wait until he tries to get a real contract out of the “family”.
    ———-
    Really? His new “family” gave him a 3 year deal, a signing bonus and $200k guaranteed whether he makes the 53 man roster or not. How many other UDFA’s get that kind of “real” contract?

  26. backindasaddle says: Aug 22, 2012 3:13 PM

    Super Bowl….. It would be the Raiders, Bengals and Lions competing for the Suer Bowl.

  27. mixjuan says: Aug 22, 2012 3:14 PM

    getyourownname says:

    “And he will be a valued part of the family for so long as he is considered to be contributing to its win total.

    Is any coach quicker than Belicheck to cut someone he thought wasn’t performing well enough?”

    ok… so you want a coach that will continue to hold onto a player that no longer is cutting it? How many players that BB has let go of has gone on to HOF careers elsewhere, after sucking it up in NE?

  28. cheers4ablumpkin says: Aug 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Shut up you haters. He would of gone high in the nfl draft if he came
    Out. He’s a beast just chris Johnson

  29. otistaylor89 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:23 PM

    I’m surprised nobody didn’t take a flyer on him in Rd 7 considering Rd 7 picks probably make a roster 1/4th of the time.

  30. pats777 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:26 PM

    Ask Richard Seymour about what a “family” the Patriots are. Or for that matter, ask Wes Welker.

    ——-
    Seymour was traded and at the time, rewarded with the richest defensive contract in the history of the league (thanks Al) and Welker was demanding too much for a new contract. Instead he gets a guaranteed $9.5 million this season and potentially $11 -12+ million guaranteed next year if the Pats still want him. Otherwise, he’ll be trying to catch meatballs from that dynamic duo in Jets land. Hey, business is business.

  31. getyourownname says: Aug 22, 2012 3:39 PM

    mixjuan says:
    Aug 22, 2012 3:14 PM
    getyourownname says:

    “And he will be a valued part of the family for so long as he is considered to be contributing to its win total.

    Is any coach quicker than Belicheck to cut someone he thought wasn’t performing well enough?”

    ok… so you want a coach that will continue to hold onto a player that no longer is cutting it? How many players that BB has let go of has gone on to HOF careers elsewhere, after sucking it up in NE?

    ****************************
    Where did I say Belichek shouldn’t do this? I think other coaches could learn from him.

    It’s just comical, IMO, for someone to call a strictly-business coach like Belichek someone who operates a “family” atmosphere. At least, “family” in the sense that I think of.

  32. kingjoe1 says: Aug 22, 2012 4:10 PM

    Ok sure if you enjoy a narcistic, arrogant father who will use you up and toss you out when he is done with you.

  33. datageek94 says: Aug 22, 2012 4:11 PM

    The biggest factor for an NFL team is the quarterback. When I heard his choice, I thought he would have been better off going with a team with a younger franchise quarterback. What if Brady retires in a few years and the Patriots have a hard time getting a replacement as so many teams have? It’s no fun to not be competitive.

    Thanks guys for the astute comments on here about Belichick being quick to dump players w/o emotion. Family-based atmosphere? Pretty funny. Has he followed the game?

  34. j0esixpack says: Aug 22, 2012 4:25 PM

    The number of ignorant comments here is amazing.

    Do folks really think Goodell would let an ineligible player into the NFL

    Can people really not take 5 seconds to google and see that the contract he will never get is a done deal for 3 years and includes a bonus? Not bad for a UDFA.

    Players respect Belichick and understand that only the best players make the team. They respect that as it helps them win – haters just can’t accept that players want to play in New England.

  35. cowboyhater says: Aug 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    The rich get richer in this league. Only reason why he went to NE is due to the fact that they are superbowl contenders every year. At least he can be honest about why he went to NE. Also he knows the defenses are soft in the AFC East, and would never survive in the NFC East, or AFC North.

  36. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 22, 2012 5:03 PM

    Belichick would trade this guy for a ukranian rugby punter if he wanted to.

  37. wikidpissah says: Aug 22, 2012 5:31 PM

    randallflagg52 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:44 PM

    Demps couldn’t help but be reminded of his own family, where his father (belichick) would gather the family (team) and show his world famous home movies (other team’s practices).

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Once again, for the morons, the Patriots never taped another team’s practice. Spygate was about openly filming defensive signals during games, from the other teams’ sideline.

  38. wikidpissah says: Aug 22, 2012 5:33 PM

    pats777 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:26 PM

    Ask Richard Seymour about what a “family” the Patriots are. Or for that matter, ask Wes Welker.
    ________________________________

    Seymour was traded for salary cap reasons. He and Vince Wilfork were both coming up for a new contract and the Patriots couldn’t keep both. They chose the younger player with more upside.

    Seymour will always be appreciated in N.E.

  39. eessppnn says: Aug 22, 2012 6:03 PM

    jmp527!!
    He wasn’t selected in the draft! He was entered in the draft and was not selected, hence a free-agent!
    Get it:)
    Peace

  40. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 22, 2012 6:17 PM

    hey professorcolumbus and bleedgreen11-the guy was simply asking a question about his eligibility. genuinely wanting an answer. not suggesting in any way that he should or shouldn’t be eligible. is there a reason you have to act like pricks and jump down his throat?

  41. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 22, 2012 6:18 PM

    It’s hilarious that Demps was drawn to “family-based” atmosphere in New England, since he came from Florida, who has had in the past four years more players arrested than the rest of the NCAA schools, COMBINED!

  42. jackychilds says: Aug 22, 2012 6:29 PM

    He’s Ted Ginn Jr. without the Gold Medal.

  43. bucthat says: Aug 22, 2012 7:45 PM

    The reasons the patriots get a super bowl shot every year is simple…..they get the AFC east 6 games. That’s like the NFC west. It’s a cupcake so of course they get shots. Too bad they seem to struggle against them unlike o idk the rest of league that made it so two of those teams had top 10 picks

  44. infectorman says: Aug 22, 2012 9:11 PM

    @sj39 and Randallflagg:

    Never willing to see the truth about NE and can’t get over the fact that NE has been the most dominant team over the last decade1 Sad, just plain sad.

    Still smarting over the girl that dumped your sorry a$$es back in in the 9o’s as well ?

    Jackwagons!

  45. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 22, 2012 9:37 PM

    Ask Gisele what she thinks of her Patriot Family. Other than Brady, they are a bunch of losers.

  46. mrcogburn says: Aug 22, 2012 9:41 PM

    Better read, “the” family. Being a member of the Gotti family could go either way.

  47. simonwelds says: Aug 22, 2012 10:38 PM

    Im a phins fan, and until belicheck retires, we dont have a chance, facts are facts

  48. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Aug 22, 2012 11:11 PM

    Sure…dad walking around with a boner, someone videotaping your sister
    in the shower, your siblings cheating at Monopoly, and then when your brother gets
    pushed to the ground he whines and cries to the nearest person within earshot.

    Yeah, sounds perfectly ‘family-based’ to me.

  49. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Aug 23, 2012 4:10 AM

    - cowboyhater says: Aug 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    Also he knows the defenses are soft in the AFC East, and would never survive in the NFC East, or AFC North.
    ———————————————————-

    First off, it doesn’t matter which division the pats are in, they’d fair the same.

    – Secondly, idiot NE fans calling him “Chris Johnson like”, are idiots, just as well as all the jealous Pats haters talking about belichickian arrogance and forwardness. You wish he was your teams coach. Period.

    Great football move. desirable to most teams I’m sure. The Patriots needed kick return help, so we sought after a football player with an Olympic paced speed and return/running ability. Pats lucked out.. I’d take the steak house over burger king any day as well!!

  50. majbobby says: Aug 23, 2012 6:09 AM

    I am sure the signing bonus had nothing to do with it

  51. wikidpissah says: Aug 23, 2012 8:40 AM

    bucthat says: Aug 22, 2012 7:45 PM

    The reasons the patriots get a super bowl shot every year is simple…..they get the AFC east 6 games. That’s like the NFC west. It’s a cupcake so of course they get shots. Too bad they seem to struggle against them unlike o idk the rest of league that made it so two of those teams had top 10 picks

    ______________________________

    Which AFC East team did they beat in the playoffs last year?

  52. wikidpissah says: Aug 23, 2012 8:44 AM

    @ bucthat Over the past two seasons the Patriots are 17-3 against non AFC East Teams.

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