By: Derek Havens
On Friday morning, several media outlets reported Olympic silver medalist and former Florida running back, Jeff Demps, has agreed to terms with the Patriots. The story was first reported by Kevin O’Donnell of Fox 13 in Tampa Bay.
Could the addition of Jeff Demps put Julian Edelman’s roster spot in jeopardy? (FILE:USPresswire)
Demps, 5-7, 191, is an undrafted free agent from Florida. In 12 games last season, he made five starts. He had 98 carries for 569 yards and six touchdowns in those games.
The Patriots, who showed interest in Demps prior to the Olympics, were among a handful of teams trying to sign the Florida athlete after the announcement he would return to football was made official. He did not take part in February’s NFL Combine so he could train for the United States in the recent Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 4×100 relay in London.
The addition of Demps adds yet another offensive weapon to New England. Whether the sprinter is lined up at running back, receiver or as a returner, he has dynamic playmaking ability.
I see his role on the team primarily as a returner, but also in the “gadget back” form. In the backfield, split out wide or in the slot, Demps is a player you want to get the ball to in space. I don’t believe this will have a very big impact on tailbacks Shane Vereen or Stevan Ridley, but Demps’ special team ability should fill the void the team has had at returner since the departure of Ellis Hobbs.
Demps’ agent, Nohemy Baltodano, came out and said publicly he had not yet signed. Although, Demps is expected to in the next 24 hours and was reportedly in Foxboro on Thursday.
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