Jeff Demps ready to join Buccaneers

Christian Petersen

The world-class sprinter is headed back to Tampa Bay in hopes of an NFL career.

Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps is reporting to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday after having been excused from the preseason due to track and field obligations, according to Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report.

Demps will jump into the fray as a backup running back behind Doug Martin and fight for playing time among established veterans such as Peyton Hillis and Brian Leonard. Demps obviously has exceptional speed, making him a legitimate weapon any time he touches the ball.

At the University of Florida, Demps was also a kick returner which is maybe another skill he can bring to Tampa. The Buccaneers gave up running back LeGarrette Blount to acquire Demps from the New England Patriots, believing Demps had enough upside to take the chance.

Last year in London, Demps earned a silver medal as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. He made the Patriots last season but never played in a regular season game as he was placed on injured reserve Aug. 31.

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