Jeff Demps Looking To Play In NFL, Will Make Decision Thursday

Former Florida Gator and track sprinter Jeff Demps is looking to find his way onto an NFL roster now that the 2012 Summer Olympics are over.

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Jeff Demps Signs With New England Patriots, According To Report

It appears as though Olympian Jeff Demps has found his NFL home with the New England Patriots, as it's been reported on Friday. Ian Rapoport cites one of Demps' agents as the source who confirmed the report.

The highly anticipated decision from the Olympic sprinter left for quite a bit of speculation leading up to this. At one point, the Bucs were considered front-runners for Demps' services, with his Florida background in mind, of course.

Demps spent his college career with the Florida Gators with whom he averaged 25 yards per return last season. With the threats he poses with his speed, New England could plan to do a multitude of things with Demps on offense and special teams.

For more on Demps head to Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay for Bucs coverage and Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York for Jets coverage. And for more on Demps' Olympic and collegiate exploits, visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's Florida blog.

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Jeff Demps Will Decide NFL Future Thursday

The most recent seven days of Jeff Demps' life could soon include both an Olympic silver medal and an NFL contract. The former Florida running back is reportedly close to a decision on his NFL future, which he plans to make by Thursday night, according to his agent. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considered one of the front-runners for his services.

Only the Bucs and the New York Jets have disclosed interest in Demps publicly, but of those two teams, the Bucs make more sense: Tampa Bay has a pair of thumping backs in LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin, but no one who can even approximate Demps' world-class speed out of the backfield.

What's more, Demps is a local boy for the Bucs, and not just because he played just up I-75 for Florida in college. He played football and ran track for South Lake High School in Lake County, separated from Hillsborough County by only a chunk of Polk County.

For more on Demps' potential NFL landing spots, head to Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay for Bucs coverage and Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York for Jets coverage. And for more on Demps' Olympic and collegiate exploits, visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's Florida blog.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Considered Front Runners For Jeff Demps

The Tampa Buccaneers have said that they are interested in former Florida Gator and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, and the lastest news is that the Bucs are now considered to be the favorite in landing his services. Demps's agent has said that a decision could come as early as Monday.

If Demps does sign with the Bucs, the decision as to where he would play comes into view. While at Florida, Demps was an all-around player that would see time at running back, wide receiver and also return kicks. The Bucs would be smart to move Demps all over the field and have him run the ball on sweeps or quick passing routes, while letting his speed and athleticism do the rest and make a big play.

To make the most impact with Demps's speed, the team could also place him on special teams to return punts or kicks. In his last season at Florida, he averaged 25 yards per return. The Bucs do have concerns about ball security on returns, so Demps could fit right in at that position.

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Jeff Demps Drawing Interest From Bucs, According To Report

Though he's not quite the local icon that Tim Tebow is, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very interested in signing former University of Florida football player and Olympian Jeff Demps, according to Pewter Report.

Demps, who has run the 100-meter in a time as fast as 10.01, did not sign with an NFL team after going undrafted in April because he wanted to focus on training for the 2012 Olympics at the time. He is now a free agent and has several teams interested, including the Buccaneers, who have been touching base with Demps as far back as the early summer prior to the Olympics.

As Pewter Report mentions, this move makes sense from a public relations standpoint as well as a personnel perspective, appealing to the extremely rabid Florida Gators fanbase.

On the field, though, Demps could certainly bring some playmaking ability on offense and special teams. If the Buccaneers follow through and sign Demps, he'll certainly be one of the more intriguing stories as training camp progresses.

For more on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, be sure to head over to Bucs Nation.


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