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Bucs add Jeff Demps to active roster, place Luke Stocker on IR

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The Buccaneers faced the end of the two-week roster exemption granted to Jeff Demps on Monday, forcing them to choose whether or not to add him to the 53-man roster or release him.

They’ve chosen the former. The team announced Monday that they have added Demps to the roster and placed tight end Luke Stocker on season-ending injured reserve. Stocker played the first two weeks of the season, but injured his hip against the Saints in Week Two and missed Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.

Demps was acquired in a trade with the Patriots for running back LeGarrette Blount during the offseason, but spent the spring and summer concentrating on his track career. He joined the Bucs after competing at the world championships this summer and has obviously shown them enough to earn a spot on the roster as a running back and returner.

The kick and punt return jobs are currently held by wide receiver Eric Page, who is averaging 7.8 yards per punt return and 30 yards on the two kickoffs he’s been able to take back. It would be a bit surprising if the Bucs decided to use a roster spot on Demps if they didn’t plan on letting him perform those roles in an attempt to take advantage of his Olympic-level speed.

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5 Responses to “Bucs add Jeff Demps to active roster, place Luke Stocker on IR”
  1. ott2win says: Sep 23, 2013 5:13 PM

    The kid is fast…real fast…

    Remember that game “Frogger,” Demps has to be fast AND avoid all the mack trucks lookin to splatter him about the turf!

    Good luck kid!

  2. graphicwolfart says: Sep 23, 2013 5:26 PM

    You can be the fastest man on Earth….If you don’t have good vision, you wont return good.

  3. bucrightoff says: Sep 23, 2013 5:29 PM

    And just like that he becomes the Bucs 4th best non-offensive line player on offense.

  4. forsbergler says: Sep 23, 2013 6:10 PM

    Anyone else think this guy sucks?

    Tom Brady
    Comp% 57.5% Ranked 26th
    Yds 698 yds Ranked 19th
    Yds per Att 5.5 yds Ranked 32nd
    Pass Yds per Game 232 yds Ranked 19th
    Passing Td’s 5 Ranked T13th
    Int’s 2 Ranked T16th
    Sacked 7 times Ranked T19th
    QB Rating 79.4 Ranked 23rd
    3rd Down Conv. 21-53 39% Ranked 13th

    His highest ratings are in Int’s and 3rd down % lol

    Can anyone say “MOST OVER RATED GAME MANAGER OF ALL TIME” !

    Nice game this weekend Tom, only managed to throw 1 pick in the red zone this week!

  5. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 23, 2013 7:36 PM

    Forsbergler seriously? U already posted this and it speaks volumes about your lack of football intellect. Brady’s lifetime stats do indeed prove that he is one of the best game managers in the history of the game

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