Jun 23, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Jeff Demps of Florida runs 10.18 in a 100m heat in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots News: Tampa Bay Buccaneers interested in Jeff Demps


Former University of Florida star running back Jeff Demps is a track star and has stated his intention to play in the NFL. The 4×100 star is an absolute monster with insane speed and explosiveness, and any UF fan will attest to his ability in the open field.

The Olympian is now a coveted returner, and the New England Patriots have two roster spots open after waiving Britt Davis and Dane Fletcher. The team also needs a returner with Danny Woodhead being an unsatisfactory solution to the problem (seriously, we need some new blood there), so the speculation is there.

However, there are more concrete links going on between Jeff Demps and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Per the Pewter Report, the Bucs have “serious interest” in the silver medalist from the Olympic relay in London. The Gators standout would be a slot receiver and running back- like in college- for the Bucs if signed by them. The interest is strong, and both sides have been talking throughout the summer.

In college, Demps averaged an insane 28.8 yards per kick-off return and could be an impact returner immediately as a rookie. This is all speculation, but I would like to see the New England Patriots go after this guy. The most likely situation is that he signs with the Bucs do to the early interest, but I would like to see the Pats also show some interest and at least take a look at him. He looks like he can be the answer as a returner. Is there anything wrong with wanting to give it a try? For the record, he’s my favorite Gator besides Brandon Spikes. My least favorite being Urban Meyer, if that even counts.

And have you seen how fast Demps is? I mean, this guy has wheels. The 5’8″, 190 pound RB/WR could add depth and intriguing ability at both positions in the form of a more raw, faster, better returning version of the Kansas City Chiefs Dexter McCluster.  Oh, and for the record, ESPN Boston agrees. But yeah, the Bucs interest in him seems really serious at this point.

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