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.