Jeff Demps hopes to join Bucs during training camp

AP

The makeup of the men’s 4X100-meter relay team at the IAAF World Championships next month will help determine when Jeff Demps joins the Buccaneers.

Demps knows he won’t be with the Bucs when they open up camp next week, but he is waiting to hear from U.S. officials about whether he’ll be running a leg on the relay team in Moscow during the event. The meet runs from August 10-18, so if Demps is included on the team he won’t be able to join the team at camp.

Demps joined the Patriots last summer straight from the Summer Olympics and played in preseason games for them before winding up on injured reserve. His desire to focus on track this offseason contributed to New England’s decision to trade him to Tampa for running back LeGarrette Blount, but Demps’ agent says his client is still set on playing football this year.

“Jeff is the kind of guy who sees things through to the end,” agent Daniel Rose said of his client, via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “And right now, he’s running track. But we’ll see what happens. He’s in great shape. He works out five hours a day. He’s being brought in for his speed, and we know he can run.”

Speed is the best thing Demps has going for him, but it’s hard to envision it being enough for him to make the team this summer. Missing out on camp and preseason games on top of the offseason schedule could leave him with more ground to make up than even someone with his speed can handle.

9 responses to “Jeff Demps hopes to join Bucs during training camp

  1. “Jeff is the kind of guy who sees things through to the end,” agent Daniel Rose said of his client, via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “And that’s why he quit on the Patriots.”

  2. He doesn’t seem to motivated to play. The whole reason he got hurt last year was because he came in late, was not in football shape, and ended up hurt.

    Skipping training camp on a new team, with a new system to learn for any amount of time, does not exactly scream, “I want to play in the NFL badly.”

  3. Demps “sees things through to the end” ??? With track, obviously, but not with football.

    Even now, track continues to come first. His plans are to fit football around running, which is neither how the NFL works nor qualifies as ‘seeing things through to the end.’

  4. We’ll at least you don’t have to worry about this guy being in great shape. He may miss some training camp but i’m sure 90% of the Bucs roster isn’t out sprinting everyday in the offseason. Imagine this guy returning a punt on the 4th quarter. It would literally be a foot race.

  5. The Bucs knew exactly what they were getting with Demps. The trade for Blount was to get a 7th rd pick. Demps was a throw-in. They basically gave him their blessing to run track and come in once that’s done. They’re envisioning him as a return specialist only, so they’re not overly concerned with getting him into camp.

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