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Jeff Demps focusing only on football

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Last month, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said he was excited to coach the fastest guy in the NFL.

Smith was referring to running back Jeff Demps and his previous coaches never got much of a chance to actually coach him because Demps was splitting his time between football and track. Demps’ choice paid off with a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, but his track focus didn’t leave much time for football. Demps played two games for the Bucs last year and didn’t play for the Patriots in the 2012 regular season, which makes him largely an unknown on the gridiron at the professional level.

Smith and the Bucs will get Demps’ full attention this year, though. Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports that Demps said that he is putting his track career on hold for the foreseeable future and concentrate only on his football career.

Kick returns are one obvious spot to look for Demps to make a contribution to the Bucs in what will be his first real shot at turning his speed into a regular role at the professional level.

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9 Responses to “Jeff Demps focusing only on football”
  1. evilglazers666 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:36 PM

    Give the Bucs everything you got, cause they will spit you up and throw you out. Keep track buddy, cause Bucs is not a safety net. LOL!

  2. daburgher says: Apr 23, 2014 1:36 PM

    I think this guy will make some plays this year

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 23, 2014 1:37 PM

    Three years later decides he’s focused on football for now. Sounds dedicated.

  4. hrmlss says: Apr 23, 2014 1:45 PM

    Does he have a staph infection yet?

  5. valentino8100 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:53 PM

    Was it really THAT difficult to figure out where the money is?

  6. scw1993 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:58 PM

    Jeff Demps is focused on one thing, and one thing only: Jeff Demps.

  7. cuda1234 says: Apr 23, 2014 2:35 PM

    Bucs need all the playmakers they can get, especially with Lovie interfering on that side of the ball. Anyone remember the “other” Adrian Peterson? He carried that Bears offense for a while..

  8. patsbrat says: Apr 23, 2014 3:10 PM

    I was excited about Demps potential when he was with the pats, but then he pulled a hammy or something and we never saw him again.

    If he is truly focused on football and can remain healthy, he could prove to be a good pick up for the Bucs.

  9. milkmandanimal says: Apr 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    Last year the only thing he did fast was get injured.

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