Jeff Demps is no longer in New England’s plans moving forward in the future.
I think Bill Belichick has already moved on as the signing of Leon Washington might indicate
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Demps indicated that he’ll be focusing on his track career rather than his NFL career in a recent radio interview in Florida:
When asked what he would say to Patriots coach Bill Belichick if he asked Demps how he can handle the obligations of two sports, he replied, “Listen coach, I want to do both, but in order for me to get to where I want to be on the track and field side, it’ll take a full year of preparation. And after the (track) season, if you guys are willing to let me come back, you know, probably midseason, and work out and train and get ready for the season, I’ll be able to do that. If not, then I guess I’ll just focus on running.”
Belichick is laughing somewhere—Demps is no longer in the fold to be New England’s return man, Washington is their guy. New England has already moved on.
Demps, who recently turned 23, is a world-class athlete and certainly has the potential to be an electric return man in the NFL, however he might have a brighter career in track.
Demps played his four-year collegiate career at Florida while playing running back as well as taking on return duties. Throughout his four-year career as a Gator, Demps recorded 2,951 yards from scrimmage as well as scoring 24 total touchdowns.
With Washington now on New England’s roster, the Patriots have a proven return man that they can turn to. Throughout Washington’s seven-year career in the league, he has return eight kicks for touchdowns while averaging 25.9 yards per-kickoff return as well as 9.9 yards per-punt return.
You might look at it as a shame that we likely won’t be seeing Demps on the football field anytime soon, but from his perspective, he has to do what he has to do. If Demps feels that he’ll have a more successful career in track rather than in the NFL, then that’s what he has to do.
At this point in time, it doesn’t really matter what Demps decides to do as New England has already moved forward with Washington as the team’s featured return man.