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Jeff Demps | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 191
College: Florida
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Jeff Demps got some reps as a slot receiver during last week's workouts.
Per the Tampa Bay Times, Demps "made a lot of plays last week." Of course, the Olympic sprinter is always going to look good in non-contact settings because he's the fastest man in the NFL. At 5'8/191 with little receiving experience, we wouldn't expect him to contribute as a pass-catcher in real games. Demps is a return man and gadget player. Apr 28 - 9:36 AM

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Bucs KR/RB Jeff Demps is putting his track career on hold and focusing solely on football.

Demps is an Olympic sprinter and skipped much of last offseason to run in the IAAF World Championships last August. He was part of the team that won a silver medal in the 4x100 relay at the 2012 Olympics. Demps is penciled in as Tampa's return man, though he'll be competing with Eric Page and others.
Apr 23 - 1:42 PM

Bucs placed KR/RB Jeff Demps on injured reserve with a groin injury, ending his season.

Demps was active for just two games this season and underwent groin surgery last month. The Bucs claimed rookie DB Bradley McDougald off waivers to replace him on the active roster. Demps will compete for a special teams role in 2014.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Bucs KR/RB Jeff Demps underwent groin surgery Thursday.

It's unclear how much time the Olympian will miss, but it's quite possible the Bucs will simply stash him on injured reserve. Including returns, Demps has touched the ball just eight times in two games. He's not a key cog in Tampa.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 01:41:00 PM

Bucs KR/RB Jeff Demps is nursing a groin injury.

Demps pulled up lame during the Week 6 loss to the Eagles. The Bucs have signed WR/KR Skye Dawson off their practice squad, so it looks like they're expecting Demps to miss some time.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 12:42:00 PM

Bucs activated KR Jeff Demps from the exempt/commissioner's permission list.

Demps was given special dispensation from the league after missing all of the offseason and training camp for the track and field season. They cleared a spot for the speedster by placing TE Luke Stocker on IR. Demps should slide right in as the Bucs kickoff returner.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 08:24:00 AM

The Bucs have until Sept. 23 to decide whether to keep KR Jeff Demps on their roster.

The NFL has granted the Bucs a roster exemption for Demps, who has been on the Reserve/Did Not Report list. He took a two-week break after the end of track and field season, finally reporting to Tampa on Monday. "The guy hasn't played football in a while, so we'll try to get him back into playing football and get him educated in the Buccaneer way," coach Greg Schiano said. Demps has two weeks to prove the Bucs should use one of their 53 roster spots on him.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Bucs KR Jeff Demps is expected to report to the team Monday.

Demps, an Olympic sprinter, missed the entire offseason and ran in the World Championships. It's hard to see the Bucs just welcoming back with open arms and making him active on Sundays. During Sunday's loss to the Jets, Doug Martin, Eric Page and Kevin Ogletree each brought back a kickoff.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 10:34:00 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano said KR Jeff Demps "supposedly" still plans to report to the team.

"He’s out there running track somewhere," Schiano said. "So, if he’s going to do that — if he gets here and helps us win he will be part of it. If he gets here and can’t help us win, he can go back and run track. We are here to win games." Needless to say, it doesn't sound like Demps is a part of Schiano's plans. The practice squad is looking like a stretch right now.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 04:25:00 PM

Bucs KR Jeff Demps will not join the team until late in the preseason after accepting an invitation to run in Moscow's IAAF World Championships on August 18.

Demps doubles as an Olympic sprinter, and has all along made it clear his first love is track and field. The Bucs knew this when they acquired Demps from the Patriots for LeGarrette Blount. Demps' event at the Moscow games will be the 4x100 relay. The same relay team won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 03:43:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports Bucs KR Jeff Demps still hopes to join the team in the coming weeks "depending on his track and field schedule."

Demps is awaiting word on if he'll be running in an event in Moscow from August 10-18. If he is, it would wipe out nearly all of camp and at least two preseason games. Demps would be one of the fastest players in the league — clearly — but it's hard to see him earning a roster spot. Being a two-sport athlete just isn't a realistic endeavor in this day and age.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Kick returner Jeff Demps is not expected to attend any of the Bucs' offseason workouts.

Demps says he's concentrating full time on his track and field career. The Bucs have yet to make any decisions about his future, but he won't be around the team until preseason at the earliest.
Sun, May 26, 2013 02:55:00 PM

GM Mark Dominik said he would have done the LeGarrette Blount trade even if Jeff Demps hadn't been involved.

"The reason was not Jeff Demps," Dominik explained. "Jeff Demps was part of it, but not the reason. We were going to (trade) LeGarrette Blount for a seventh-round pick but we asked for the rights to Jeff Demps because we want to investigate that further." Beat writer Stephen Holder sounds skeptical that the 2016 Olympic hopeful ends up even playing in a game for the Bucs.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 08:00:00 PM

Bucs acquired KR/RB Jeff Demps and a seventh-round pick in exchange for RB LeGarrette Blount.

Demps wanted to split his focus between football and training for the 2016 Olympics. The Patriots had a problem with that, so they brought in Leon Washington to be their return man. Demps has never played in an NFL game thanks to a preseason leg injury last August, but he did average 28.8 yards per kickoff return while at Florida. He also has a shot to chip in as a gadget kind of niche runner in the Bucs' thin backfield.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 04:16:00 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots have discussed the possibility of trading KR Jeff Demps.

Demps signed with the Patriots last August, but he was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury in what was believed to be a "redshirt" season. Demps has since indicated that his current priority is focusing on track and field in preparation for the Rio Olympics in three years. However, he still wants to play football. New England has signed Leon Washington to be its return man. Demps wouldn't net more than a late-round pick.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 12:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
3Mike Kafka
4Alex Tanney
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Jeff Demps
5Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
2Lonnie Pryor
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Robert Herron
4Skye Dawson
5Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Louis Murphy
3Eric Page
4Tommy Streeter
5Russell Shepard
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Brandon Myers
2Austin Seferian-Jenkins
3Tim Wright
4Luke Stocker
5Cameron Brate
K1Connor Barth
2Patrick Murray